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Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.

Simple Reversible Tote Bag

Reversible tote bagsFireball’s kindergarten was having their annual bazaar last month. So, I did my part by sewing a few tote bags to sell. The bazaar committee provided us with the sewing pattern and fabrics. It is really simple and straightforward, so I thought I’ll share with you my sewing process.

Step by step here we go!

(1) To make a pair of handles, I was given four stripes of 30 x 4.5 cm fabrics. (2) Zigzag finishing at the ends of the stripes. Then on each stripe, fold in 1 cm on each side and press it down with an iron (the width of each handle will become 2.5 cm). A pair of stripes (different designs) on top of each other (wrong side touching), and sew a 0.2 cm seam on the sides. (3) For the body, I was given 2 pieces of cut fabrics, 31 x 52 cm each. (You can adjust the sizes to your liking).Reversible tote bag(4) Take one of the fabric and locate its midline. Place the handle 10 cm apart and with 1 cm protruding. Then, sew the handles onto the fabric (with right sides/same fabric design touching) as close to the edges as possible. (5) Cover it with the second fabric (right sides touching). Sew a 2.5 cm seam on both side. Leave an opening (8 cm) on one side. (6) After sewing the seams, place them together. Use the iron to press the seams open on each side. Sew 1 cm seams on the edges.DIY Tote Bag(7) Here is how to create a flat bottom for the bag. Align the new seams together and flatten the corners into triangles. Press the seam open with iron. Sew a 9-cm line across. Keep 1 cm allowance from the stitch and trim away the rest. Do a zigzag finishing for the edges. Repeat step for the rest of the three corners. (8) Turn the bag inside out through the opening. For final step, sew along the edge as close to the top as possible. This will stitch up the opening as well.DIY Tote BagThis is how it looks from the top.

Tada! Here is the finished product!

Reversible Tote Bag PatternHope you like it!


4 comments on “Simple Reversible Tote Bag

  1. WendyBakes
    July 11, 2015

    Omg. What happens if you can’t cook, sew or draw etc. etc. Will you get shunned by the bazaar committee? :P

    Good job with the bags! I’ve been meaning to make one with all the fabric I have lying around but sewing drives me nuts. (I’m terrible at it)

    • blackcabbit
      July 11, 2015

      Oh, you can choose to do other event. Fireball’s first kindergarten required mothers to participate in EVERY event, very stressful. This new kindergarten allows us to choose only ONE event to participate for the year. So I chose the handmade section of the bazaar (not the main committee) because they have only one meeting. In that meeting, they handed out the brief and fabrics so we can go home to work the project. My Japanese husband helped me a lot by explaining the instructions to me at home.

      Because of my terrible Japanese, I was really grateful to be in this “no-talk-just-do” group. Gonna do this again, when Twinkle-bell going to the same kindergarten next year.

      • WendyBakes
        July 11, 2015

        Ah, one event a year sounds a lot more reasonable and the handmade bazaar is perfect for you!

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