How to sew a nautical motif tote bag (sewing pattern is not necessary)

Today’s handmade is a “DIY nautical motif tote bag (with flat bottom and lined)". The color of the outer and handle is a navy blue. The color of the lining and patch is a off-white. The entire piece is finished in a calm atmosphere.

It’ll be made by drawing lines on the fabric by using a ruler and cutting the fabric, so a pattern is not necessary. It uses only straight stiches on the sewing machine, so it is relatively easy to make. The finished size is about 25cm x 33cm, with a gusset length of about 9cm.

tote bag with nautical motif

Materials

Outer fabrics are 2 pieces of 32cm x 45cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included. Attach fusible interfacing on the back.)

outer fabrics
attach interfacing

Fusible interfacing gives fabric firmness and keeps the shape of the tote bag.

Lining fabrics are 2 pieces of 31.5cm x 44.5cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included)

inner fabrics

Bottom patch fabric is 1 piece of 20cm x 45cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included)

bottom patch

Handles are 2 pieces of 2.5cm x 48cm. Handles can be made by using any fabrics of your choice. Acrylic webbing tape is recommended from craft shop. (It is easy to make.)

handles

How to make the bag body (outer bag)

1. Place the outer fabrics with right side, and sew the bottom. Then press seam allowances open. (When sewing right side, the front side of each fabric is placed facing each other.)

sew the bottom
press seam allowances open

2. Fold the edges of bottom patch (1cm), and sew the outer fabric together.

fold the bottom patch
sew the outer and patch

When making creases, it is recommended to use a hot hemmer. The folds are neat, and the finishing is nice.

3. Fold the outer fabric in half with right side together, and sew the side seams.

fold the outer in half
sew the side seams

4. Cut off extra corner cloths, and press seam allowances open. Then make gusset, and sew. (Gusset adds depth to the bag.)

cut off extra cloth
make gusset
sew the gusset
gusset of outer

5. Sew the outer fabric and handles together.

sew the outer and handle
outer bag

How to sew the bag body (lining bag)

1. Place the lining fabrics with right side, and sew the side and bottom.

sew the side and bottom

2. Cut off extra corner cloths, and press seam allowances open. Then make gusset, and sew.

cut off extra cloth
press seam allowances open
make gussets
sew the gussets
inner bag

How to make the tote bag (finishing the bag)

1. Insert the inner bag into the outer bag with right side together. Then sew around perimeter of bag opening. (Leave 11cm gap for turning.)

sew around

2. Press seam allowances open, and turn inside out from the gap.

turn inside out

3. Iron and stitch the edge of bag opening. The fabrics overlap and become thick in the bag opening, so be careful to sew the bag opening.

iron
stitch

4. Iron to finish. The nautical motif tote bag is done.

tote bag with nautical motif

Following is the video for how-to.

How to sew a nautical motif tote bag (sewing pattern is not necessary) – YouTube