Large Tote Bag

Large Tote Bag

Your latest home décor project has left you with extra fabric. What will you do?

Don’t fret; upholstery fabric remnants can be used in many ways, such as in our newest DIY - Large Tote Bag. This DIY is a simple make with so many uses, and you’ll use your extra fabric too!

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Large Tote Bag
Large Tote Bag

What you need:

  • 20“ x 40” (50cm x 100cm) of Canvas or Upholstery Fabric.
  • 1” x 39” (2.5cm x 100cm) of Webbing
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread (Upholstery Thread optional)
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Blade or Scissors
  • Lighter (To burn edge of the webbing)
  • Straight pins
  • Universal 100/16 needle

Tips before you start

  • Press using a pressing cloth to prevent damaging your fabric. Test your iron settings on a scrap piece of fabric before you start your project.
  • Use a scrap piece of fabric to practice sewing with on your sewing machine. Adjust the tension and thread length to what works best with your fabric. Try lowering the thread tension or trying a different needle if your fabric is puckering or stitches are skipping.
  • Straps can be made longer by using a longer strip of webbing and the bag can be made smaller with smaller dimensions when cutting.

Fabric Recommendations

Pick out your favourite Fabricland canvas or upholstery fabric. This is a great upcycle project to use upholstery project remnants.


Step 1 A Step 1 B

Step 1 : Cut 2 pieces of webbing to a length of 20” (50cm).

Use a lighter to burn the ends of the webbing, so there is no fraying.

Note: Polyester webbing will melt. Cotton webbing will burn.

Step 2 A Step 2 B

Step 2 : Cut out your fabric and fold it.

Cut a strip of the fabric with a rotary blade or scissors and ruler into 20“ x 40“ (50cm x 100cm).

Fold the length in half with wrong sides together.

Step 3 a
Step 3 b
Step 3 c

Step 3 : French Seams

a. Sew 5/8” (1.6cm) along the 2 open sides. Leave the top.

b. Trim seam allowance.

c. Turn inside out and push out corners.

Step 4

Step 4 : Finish French Seams

Pin and sew 5/8” (1.6cm) to the two sides previously sewn.

Step 5a
Step 5b
Step 5c
Step 5d
Step 5e
Step 5f

Step 5 : Webbing and hem

a. Cut a .75” (2cm) tall triangle from the top side closest to the seam, to allow the fabric to fold with ease. Repeat step for both sides.

b. Fold the edge of the top opening in .5” (1.3cm).

c. Fold the top opening in an additional 1” (2.5cm) and pin.

d. Measure 4“ (10cm) from each french seam and mark with a pin. Place the webbing into the 1” (2.5cm) folded over top where the pin is.

e. Top stitch 3/4” (2cm) around the top edge of the bag.

f. Fold the webbing to face the top of the bag and sew a H .75” x W 1” (2cm x 2.5cm) rectangle with an X through it to secure. Turn inside out to see the completed look!

tote bag

tote bag
tote bag

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