How to sew a space-patterned fabric zipper tote bag (sewing pattern is not necessary)

Today’s DIY (handmade product) is a “space-patterned fabric zipper tote bag(with lining and a gusset)“.

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 18cm x 14cm. The gusset length is about 6cm. It is small for a tote bag. It can be used for various purposes such as storing makeup, and organizing small items.

zippered tote bag (space)

Materials

Outer fabrics are 2 pieces of 16cm x 23cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included. Attach fusible interlining on the back.)

outer fabrics
attach interfacing

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

Bottom patch fabrics are 2 pieces of 9cm x 23cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included. Attach fusible interlining on the back.)

bottom patch fabrics

Other patch fabrics are 2 pieces of 4cm x 23cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included.)

other patch fabrics

Lining fabrics are 2 pieces of 23.5cm x 23cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included)

inner fabrics

Handles are 2 pieces of 2.5cm x 29cm. 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

20cm zipper is 1 piece.

zipper

Fold both ends of the zip tape, and sew.

fold the zip tape and sew

Fold the end of zipper so that it doesn’t cover the seam allowances of tote bag. It the edge overlap seam allowances, the thickness will increase and be difficult to sew. It will affect the appearance when finished.

How to make the outer fabrics

1. Sew the outer fabric and bottom patch with right side together. (When sewing right side together, the front side of each fabric is placed facing each other.)

sew the outer fabric and bottom patch

2. Press seam allowances over to the bottom side, and stitch at the edge.

stitch

3. Sew the outer fabric and handle together.

sew the outer fabric and handle

4. Place a 1cm crease on the top of patch fabric.

fold the other patch fabric

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

5. Attach a masking tape 5cm above the outer fabric. (Since the tape is peeled off after sewing the patch fabric, use a weak adhesive type of tape. Strong adhesiveness can damage the fabric.)

put a masking tape on outer fabric

6. Place the patch fabric on the edge of masking tape with right side. Then sew.

sew

7. Fold the patch fabric, and iron. Then stitch the edges.

stitch

8. Sew the other outer fabric in the same way.

other outer fabric do the same way

How to sew the zipper (install the zipper)

1. Sew the outer fabric and zipper with right side together. Pin the zipper with marking pins no to slip the zipper when you sew.

sew the outer fabric and zipper

2. Sew the outer and lining with right side together.

sew the outer and inner

Sew the zipper that affects the appearance of zipper tote bag. If you don’t know how to sew or aren’t good at sewing a zipper, please read this article which explains the procedure concretely.

3. Fold the fabrics, and iron. Then stitch the edge.

stitch

4. Sew the other side of zipper and do it the same way.

sew the other side of zipper

How to make the zipper tote bag (finishing the bag)

1. Place the outer and lining fabric with right sides facing each other and sew around the edge. (Leaving 7cm gap for turning. Keep the zipper half open.)

sew around

The part with the zipper became thick, so be careful when you sew.

2. Cut off extra corner cloths, and press seam allowances open.

cut off extra cloths

3. Make gusset, and sew.

make gusset

4. Turn inside out from the gap, and sew the edge. The space-patterned fabric zipper tote bag is done.

turn inside out
sew the edge
zippered tote bag (space)

Following is the video for how-to.

How to sew a space-patterned fabric zipper tote bag (sewing pattern is not necessary) – YouTube