Craft: Easy Pleated Tote Bag

I made this tote bag using this tutorial:

They are easy to make and loads of fun creating your own design. I modified the original one by making straps wider and adding them to the top of the bag at the pleats instead of at the band. Then I folded them up to the top of the bag and sewed across, then topstitched all around creating 4 loops.


Also I added an elastic headband (rubber) 5 inches long (fold in half) to the band after attaching it to the pleated bag top. After which I attached the band facing, folded that into the bag and slipstatched it to inside seam with heavy thread.

The last thing was to add a big pretty button for closure. I lined these bags with a matching solid fabric like satin or other. Light colors work best so you can see what's in the bag, but any color is fine. I press down the pleats first before I sew across the top to hold them in place.

The one you are seeing was made from an old tye dyed shirt I found at the thrift store!

Any questions? Give me a holla!

Thanks for looking and happy sewing!

By Marian in VA

Easy Pleated Tote Bag

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By Lady (Guest Post)
June 17, 20080 found this helpful

Thats a great bag.. Im going to try making one. Wish me luck :)

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June 17, 20080 found this helpful

This is a great idea for a purse. Thanks for sharing.

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