No more Plastic Bags – Sew your own Tote Bag!

Updated : Oct 12, 2019 in Articles

No more Plastic Bags – Sew your own Tote Bag!


Welcome to Sew You! I’m Jenn and in this
video I will show you how to sew your own shopper bag, kind of like this. It’s
very easy to make and a whole lot of fun to use when you go to a store, buy
something nice and you can say no to a plastic bag and instead put your
precious goodies into your own handmade shopper bag. You can fold it together
very nicely so it fits into every handbag, you can take it with you
wherever you go. Plus, it’s also machine washable in case
it’s not as clean anymore after a few shopping sprees. So, take out
your sewing machine right now, sew your own shopper bagk and help protect the
environment by using less plastic bags. Let’s get started! First of all we need to make sure that
the edges of our fabric are in the straight of grain. Do this by cutting a
few centimeters into the selvage and then ripping the small part away. When
you do this the fabric will rip along a single thread and therefore be in the
straight of grain at the end. Now do the same again, but make sure that the piece
that you rip away is 8 centimeters wide. We’re going to use that piece as
the straps of our bag. My piece is a 110 centimeters long. Now cut two rectangles that are 44
centimeters long and 38 centimeters wide. If you are also using a cotton fabric,
I recommend washing it before you use it because it might shrink. In the end your pieces should look like
this. Take one of the rectangles and place it on the table with the nice side
facing downwards and the upper edge facing you. Take a tailor’s chalk and
make some markings 10 centimeters from the upper edge. Place the upper edge on your markings
and iron the fold. Open it up again and place the upper
edge directly onto the first fold and now iron the second fold. Do this with
both of your rectangles. Take the piece of fabric for your straps
fold it in half and iron it. open the fabric and place one edge
exactly on to the first fold and now iron the second fold. Then take the other edge and also place
it directly onto the first fold and iron it. The better you iron now, the easier it will be on you when you sew the fabric
together. Take your two rectangles, place them with
the nice sides on to each other and pin the edges. Leave the upper edge open. Sew the two pieces together with a 1
centimeter distance from the edges. Secure the stitches at the beginning and
at the end by sewing backwards and then forwards again. And because it was so much fun, sew along the first stitch again. This is an extra security to make sure that your bag
holds all of your goodies for a very long time. Take your straps and sew along the open
edge with a very small distance from the edge. tTke your rectangular pieces and
overlock along the edges that you already sewed. If you do not have an
overlock machine use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. To overlock corners, sew almost until the
end of the fabric and leave the needle in the highest position. Lift the presser
foot, turn the fabric and lower the presser foot and then carry on sewing. Fold the upper edge of your bag down
again just like you already ironed it and pin it in place. And now so the upper edge and don’t
forget to secure the stitches by sewing backwards and forwards again at the end.
And then cut the threads off. Take the piece of fabric for your straps,
fold it in half and cut it. Now you have two straps with the same length. Now it’s time to pin the straps onto
your bag. The endings of the straps should be folded towards the inside to
look nicer on your bag. Measure 10 centimeters from the seams in both
directions and make marks. Place each strap ending next to a mark
and pin it in place. In the end your straps should look like
this. Sew the straps on to the bag. Do this by stitching a rectangle first and then sew across to each corner to
give the straps extra stability. Sew backwards and forwards again at the
end and then cut the threads off. Turn the bag inside out and then you’re
finished. Now if you want to, you can also decorate your back to make it more
unique and fun. I’m going to iron Sew You onto my bag and also sew on this little
bow. And that’s how you make your own shopper bag. Please subscribe, give me the thumbs up and write a comment if you like this video. thank you for watching
and have fun sewing!

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