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Jan.- Feb. 2018

Tote Bags How to plan, make & customize



3. Planning 5. Make A Simple Tote 6. Add Personality 48. About The Fabric







Plus a design sheet to get you started!

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Plan, Make & Customize the Best Totes Ever Are you ready?! By doing a few thoughtful things, you can take your sewing projects up a notch, and really pack them with personality! First, you’ll need a solid plan of action. To get you started, we’ve got a simple tool to help you organize your design ideas and materials.Next, brush up on tote-making basics following our easy sewing tutorial. Finally – and here’s the really fun part – bring your design ideas to life using creative combinations of Dritz® hardware and finishes, paired with beautiful canvas fabric. You’ve got unlimited options when it comes to mixing and matching our fasteners and hardware, and making bags that truly are one-of-akind fashion accessories!



Use our sketches as a guide. For each bag, pick your fabric and attach a swatch to the design sheet. Pick hardware and a handle material that complements the color, feel and style of the fabric’s pattern. Draw out placement and make notes.

Fabric Swatches

The Details Sketch It Out

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Use a sew-on magnetic snap to close your tote.

Pick a thread that pops with your fabric to sew on the snap & leather label.

Add a colorful pompom using a small swivel hook and D-ring.

Magnetic snaps are easy to apply & super functional.

Overall buckles make clever strap fasteners.

Add a fun corduroy pocket to front of bag.

Use boning to provide structure on the top of your bag.

Leather side detail & lots of hardware adds impact.

Fashion D-rings add sophistication to your tote bag.

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Carabiners & white fashion grommets add a cool, unique detail at the pocket and strap.

A denim flap helps the front pocket stand out.

An off-center pocket with a rivet detail is perfect for holding your cell phone.

Add a fob to your bag for an “original� detail. Triangle rings create a space on the front of the bag to hang sunglasses.

An interior tab with a D-ring is perfect for hanging your keys or other accessories.

Boning adds structure to the sides & top of your bag.

Apply eyelets to add a unique pattern to the front of your bag.

Add a leather tassel to match your straps using a swivel hook.

Add rivets to enhance the design of your fabric. Rectangle rings add strap details.

Shorten your totes for a more petite, square footprint.

Strapping down full front picks up the blue color in the fabric.

Use triangle rings to attach multiple accessories to the front.

Use fobs & tassels to decorate your bag.

Add foam for extra padding & support.

Apply heavy duty grommets for added detail.

Add rivets to accent the design in the fabric.

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Trim pockets with fold-over elastic in a color that accenuates your fabric.

Expandable mesh pocket is ideal for carrying a water bottle.

Add suspender/mitten clips to attach your straps.

Placing 2 D-rings together adds dimension.

Give your tote an asymmetrical look by using D-rings on only one side.

Extend the strap belting the full length of the bag.

A denim corner accent creates feature space for a leather label.

Add detail to your straps with lots of hardware & cotton belting tabs.

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Carabiners, grommets & rivets are a fun way to attach the strap.

Take your basic tote & create a fold-over bag with the help of a couple grommets & a carabiner closure.

Rivets add a fun detail on the straps.

Make the straps longer so you can hold taller items in your bag.

Add a leather strap detail to the top of your bag.

Screw-together grommets add a classy touch.

A foam interior gives the bag body.

Mix metal finishes for a modern look.

Rivets add a nice detail on the side seams.

Box the corners for a different look.

The gray strapping complements the colors in the fabric.

Add fashion grommets that match your fabric colors.

A parachute buckle adds an edgy element.

Add a detachable & adjustable strap for a multi-use tote.

Pick a strapping that contrasts the color of your fabric.

Tabs with triangle rings on either side of the bag creates an easy attachment for your strap.

Grommets add a unique detail to the front pockets.

Rectangle rings & rivets are perfect for attaching the leather straps.

Give your bag a high-end look by adding a leather strap with a buckle across the front.

Tab closures make fun strap details.

Use strapping that pops against your fabric.

A press lock adds a functional, stylish closure.

Canvas Fabric


We used Art Gallery Fabrics 100% cotton canvas for all of our tote bags. The hand/weight of this canvas proved perfect for our totes because it is not too flimsy, nor too heavy. And those designs! Their broad assortment of canvas designs really delivered – honestly, we had no idea when we started this project how many bags we would make ‌ it is addicting!

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DIY Tote Bags  

How to plan, make & customize the best totes ever! We have all the tools and inspiration to help get your creative juices flowing for your n...

DIY Tote Bags  

How to plan, make & customize the best totes ever! We have all the tools and inspiration to help get your creative juices flowing for your n...