Who says functional can't also be fabulous?! This generously-sized tote is a perfect carryall for everything from daily chores to weekend getaways. The popular pattern originally debuted “way back when” on the S4H site and was then updated to be featured in our debut Bags & Totes book. We’ve now brought it back, making it

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.

Our Bright Spot Tote series shows one project done three ways on three different machines. Our basic big, bold design finishes at a generous 16” x 16” x 7” with clean lines and layered structure accented with precise topstitching.

You might not be traveling far at the moment, but a handsome tote is a wonderful addition to your collection any day! A subtle bit of gorgeous embroidery is the finishing touch that really makes a project your own.

Want to instantly brighten any day? Bring on the blocks of color! 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. Get ready to make a statement! Because you

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.

The most basic of box bottom bags becomes a top-notch Halloween Treat Bag thanks to three Frightful Faces made from Dritz Products and Notions as well as a few bits and pieces from your own scrap stash. Iron-on Lettering personalizes each bag and a sturdy 1” Dritz Belting handle means your little ghosts and goblins

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.

Do you have a little one who is heading to pre-school or kindergarten where daily rest time is on the schedule? Our clever portable sleep set is a great option for school naps – or really anywhere a nap is needed. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a bound fleece blanket and a

Freshen up for spring outings with a fabulous tote you can use for farmers’ markets, retail therapy or just as a new everyday bag. 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.

Our big beach bag is all cotton so it breathes well and dries in a snap, but it's not completely waterproof and so isn't designed to take a dip in the salty surf. Its job is to keep you looking good on your way to the water's edge. We're on board with that! We used a

Spring kicks-off the outdoor events and festivals. Did you know that many venues no longer allow closed totes and bags to be brought in? If you want to carry in a larger bag, they require it to be see-through. Sew4Home to the rescue with a fashionable, functional solution.

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 summer afternoon. It finishes at just 12” x 9” x 5” – not too big, not too tiny, just right to carry over the shoulder, over
This modern canvas bucket bag has great slouchy style and tough construction details, making it a good choice for men or women. It's a serious shoulder tote that's ready to head out into the elements. Load it up for a weekend adventure, use it as a holdall for gym gear, or simply sling it crossbody
We’ve done totes and we’ve done yoga mat carriers, but – until now – we 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 to the front of the bag. All-in-one and ready to head to

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 perfect for beginners: very easy, but also cute and classic.

Structured on the bottom, soft on the top. Sounds like the making of a comfy mattress, but it's also the clever construction that creates our adorable Bonnet Baskets. The walls and base of the basket use a combination of fusible foam and rigid interfacing to form a perfect round shape that stands up on its

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.

This is 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.

These terrific totes are as much of a present as the gifts they can carry inside. We've done gift bag projects before, but decided to really kick it up a notch, making generously-sized gift bag totes for the whole family in small, medium, and large. These totes are done in bold, heavy weight fabrics that will
Our designer barrel tote, with its detachable strap, uses beautiful Jacquard ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to their best advantage: as focal point embellishments against a solid base fabric. They add just the right dash of drama. But don’t go overboard - too many ribbons is like too much whipped cream... sounds like a good idea
This large weekender 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 packable. Not so soft and slouchy that it puddles on the floor, but also not so stiff

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 this generous bucket tote, you can keep all your tools of the trade in one place so they’re handy to take wherever you need to go: room to room or out and about. Fill it with DIY tools for those small repair jobs around the house. Keep it in your sewing room to collect items
This cute tall and narrow tote is named after my very favorite Angela, my oldest daughter. She designed the bag with a bit o' help from her very favorite aunt. Together they created a simple yet stylish shoulder bag, using Angela's own stash of fave fabric scraps and cotton webbing for the strap. We thought
The quintessential bandana. It can be a head scarf or a neck tie. It can protect your nose and mouth in a dust storm. It can decorate a straw hat. And now… it can be a pretty sack-style shoulder bag! This fast and easy project is excellent for young kids or anyone just learning to
Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days. In fact, in many towns and cities, plastic and even paper bags are simply no longer available in the check-out line. I love the sturdy fabric grocery totes you normally come across, and we've made a number of them here at Sew4Home (links are included below). The only
Summer is out-and-about time. Time for traveling near and far. Time for a tote that can stand up to all the adventures. Our Super Study Summer Tote is ready to roll. We love working with the Dritz® Double Cap Rivets to add strength to a bag’s straps and other stress points. They are easy to

We used barkcloth in bold tropical prints for our dramatic totes, but other mid-to-heavyweight substrates would work too. The generous size makes it perfect as a market shopper, everyday carryall or even a diaper bag alternative.

This terrific tote has so many interesting details, we couldn't fit them all into the title! Besides the rivets securing the straps in place and the jean buttons on the side pockets, there are also cool metal grommets, western style pocket flaps, and twin needle topstitching. We turned to Dritz for all the key hardware

It earns our Sewing Survival emblem because the construction is fast and easy, but without sacrificing any style! You can make this beautiful bag in an afternoon, learning straight seams, topstitching, and boxed corners.

Light to dark, yin to yang, night to day – they say opposites attract, and that is at the core of this gorgeous two-tone tote. The striking contrast gives the project a modern look with a sleek simplicity that sets off the real leather handles, a focal point of the bag.  We chose two polyester/cotton
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