I go crazy with those really flimsy canvas tote shoppers, so I wanted to make a sturdier one. This took me maybe 15-20 minutes, so it's really quick! (The surfboard art is from a previous project.)
You need two pieces for the main bag, and two pieces for the top-part. You also need straps.
I bought this sturdy "utility fabric" from Jo-Ann (feels sturdy, like something you might make a sofa cover out of), as well as some knitted cotton belting for the straps.
Sew the pieces together along the lines above with a 1/2 inch seam. It is important that the bag-piece as well as the top-piece have the same amount of seam! Then zigzag those same edges, so that the fabric won't unravel.
Then zigzag one of the top-pieces edges, but so that you don't attach them to anything, just zigzag around the edge.
Attach the top-piece to the bag: Have the bag's seams facing inwards and the top-pieces facing outwards. Have the unfinished edge of the top-part at the top edge. Don't sew just yet!
(You can have the seams a little bit away from each other, so sewing won't be so tough)
Put the straps in between the two parts, and pin them. NOW you can sew everything together about a 1/2 inch from the edge. Then zigzag around that seam's edge (this will keep the fabric and the strap from unraveling, and it attaches the straps even better).
Turn the top-piece to the inside, and iron the top-part straight. Then sew along the edge about 1/4 inch from the edge.
Done! Now you can embellish it as you want :) embellishment posts are on the way!
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