The Easiest Tote Bag You’ll Ever Sew

The Easiest Tote Bag You'll Ever Sew… is available on the Marcus Fabrics website, under the Make It With Marcus free project section. I stitched up this sample in environmentally sound OASIS CANVAS (in my favorite deep, spicy red). This fabric is certified organic 100% cotton. “Certified” means that the cotton crop has been grown organically for at least 3 years. It’s also colored with eco-friendly dyes.

Once you’ve mastered the basic construction steps, it’s easy to change the sizes to suit your needs, from a generous grogery shopping bag, to a slender, medium sized magazine tote, to a cute little lunch bag. Then change the fabrics for a wardrobe of carryalls — it would be equally great in your choice of SIMPLY CHIC DECOR lightweight canvas prints. For extra credit, customize your tote with applique, embroidery, patchwork, simple pockets and a hook & loop, button & tab, or zipper closure. —- lisa shepard stewart