Fabric shopping bags are a green alternative to plastic, and so much prettier! We created a set of two totes in a handy shoulder sling style that folds down into a matching wrap-and-tie carrying case. An SIY-Sew It Yourself™ project.
A solid color lets the lines and details of a bag’s design shine, like this tote’s pleats, curving sidewall, front flap, and twin needle stitching. The pleated pockets expand to drop in your items, but when empty, pop back flat.
We love the vintage vibe of this dual carry tote.Thicker fabric and topstitching detail work together to provide a perfect blend of softness and stability, and to show off the power and precision of our Janome studio machines.
One bag done three ways! It’s fun to see how a basic bag can evolve. This is the third version of our Trio, featuring straight line quilting across the upper panels, plus an adjustable, detachable strap and zippered front pocket.
This tote trio series is all about showing how one project can be done multiple ways to create a variety of finished looks. We love the brights colors, custom monogram, and decorative stitching featured on this happy version.
Our Bright Spot Tote series shows one bag project done 3 ways on three different machines. The basic big, bold design finishes at a generous 16” x 16” x 7” with clean lines and layered structure accented with precise topstitching.
A sleek, soft bag in a traditional curved shape with both carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. This “New Classic” has timeless lines but with an upstart edginess that adds just the right infusion of fun.
You might not be traveling far at the moment, but a handsome, go-everywhere tote is a wonderful addition to your collection any day! A subtle monogram is the finishing touch that really makes the project your own.
We paired a décor weight exterior with a standard weight cotton lining. Then we calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.
These box totes are sewn up in 100% linen so they have a wonderfully soft slouch. Each bag features three coordinating solid colors set against one another in big, bold blocks both inside and out.
The front of a bag is a bit like a blank slate. We started with a gorgeous metallic linen, then added a quilted windowpane grid, and finally, arranged twelve tone-on-tone yo-yos as the perfect dimensional accent.
Narrow and thin, but big enough to hold the tallest of Rieslings and the roundest of Champagnes. It’s a fabulous way to turn a gift of wine into two presents in one. Carabiners are the perfect size and shape for the handles.
Create a fun, colorful, insulated lunch bag that features a bold monogram clearly stating, “That’s my PB&J, dude… hands off.” We combine a linen-blend solid with a striking quilting cotton on the outside, wipe-clean rip stop inside.
Our clever portable sleep set is a great option for school naps, grandma’s house, or anywhere a little rest is needed. We call it the Nap-In-A-Bag: a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a bound fleece blanket and a matching pillow.
This is what we call a statement bag. It’s specifically designed to make the best use of a fabric collection’s boldest, brightest colors and motifs. There’s a free pattern for the unique curved “wave” pockets on the front and back.
Good things don’t always come in small packages. They can be small, medium or large… and still be quite wonderful. That’s why we made these super cute gift bags in three sizes. A great ScrapBusters project!
It’s all cotton so it breathes well and dries in a snap. Rope handles add a nautical touch, and a ring of metal grommets makes it easy to open wide so you can load up plenty of towels and other important sunny weather gear.
Many event venues no longer allow closed totes and bags. If you want to carry in a larger bag, it must be see-through. S4H to the rescue with a fashionable solution in clear vinyl with cotton accents. You’ll love the hanging pocket.
A tropical print exterior and natural rope handles give this small box tote its beachy beauty. Perfect for sunny day outings and easy enough to make in a single afternoon. Buy new fabric or check out your stash for ideas.
We were inspired by vintage rucksacks when designing this modern canvas bucket bag. With a great slouchy style + tough construction details, it’s a good choice for men or women as a serious shoulder tote.
We’ve done totes and we’ve done yoga mat carriers, but – until this – hadn’t combined the two in such a stylish way. Collect all your gear into a generously sized tote, then use the handy wraparound straps to secure your mat.
Patterns for lightweight, flexible bags that can best replace plastic can be hard to find. Luckily, you’re a clever sewing person and can make your own – with a little help from S4H. Ours are made from two layers of quilting cotton.
A versatile carryall with room to spare. We took inspiration from the heavy duty feed sack fabric of the early 1900s to create a look that’s nostalgically trendy and eye-catching but in a hardworking modern canvas substate.
Making a wonderful bag for yourself or as a gift is a great sense of accomplishment. In this tutorial, we focus on creating a cool tote that’s very easy, but also cute and classic. Choose between two different strap styles.
Structured on the bottom, soft on the top. The walls and base use a combo of fusible foam and rigid interfacing to form a perfect round shape. The drawstring top is soft and flexible, creating a billowy cap to cover the contents.
It snaps closed and opens wide to carry a pair of shoes, a change of clothes, and all the extras you need to get back to your workout routine. The lining is water-resistant ripstop nylon so you can toss in damp items.
Crisp white + pops of color: it’s eye-catching every time. This versatile tote opens wide or cinches down to a handy tapered top. The two-part lining pulls up to form a clever drawstring cover, protecting the contents inside.
Try our most popular reusable grocery bag pattern. It’s prettier, safer, and sturdier than the bags you often find in stores. Use a substantial substrate, like a canvas, cotton duck or even an outdoor fabric, which was our choice.
A terrific tote is as much of a present as the gifts inside. We offer three handy sizes: small, medium, and large. Done in bold, heavy weight fabrics, they’ll look great from the holidays right through to spring and summer.
Our designer tote uses beautiful Renaissance Ribbons to their best advantage: as focal point embellishments against a solid fabric. We include detailed instructions and lots of helpful photos to walk you through every step.
This larger tote combines some of our favorite fabric types: natural & nubby twill, soft faux suede, and happy gingham for a pop of color and pattern. It also has the perfect soft feel, which makes it extremely practical and packable.
Make a bold statement as you stroll the open air markets of France – or these days, perhaps while wearing a mask in the aisles of your local grocer. The bag is a lovely blend of unique trim, dramatic fabric, and fussy cutting.
Our simple box tote adds eye-catching yarn wrapped handles and hand stitched accents for a pop of bold color – from fiery red to fresh green to golden yellow – against a solid background. It’s surprisingly easy.
Vibrant fabric accents look great against the bright color of the mesh and the gleaming nickel hardware. The mesh body lets sand and dirt sift out while at the same time allowing air to flow in and help dry out suits and towels.
With a generously sized round bucket tote, you can keep all your tools of the trade together so they’re handy to take from room to room or out and about. For extra toughness, we suggest canvas on the exterior as well as the lining.
If you’re brand new to bags, this is a super quick and easy project to kick off your experience. It starts as one long panel, then folds up with finished seams inside and out. Dive into your scrap stash for your best bold prints.
This project is excellent for young kids or anyone just learning to sew. Classic bandanas on the outside, denim on the inside, layered webbing handles, and bound all around. Add a mini pom tassel for extra fun.