Basic (Simple) Tote

This is a great first bag to make to understand how a lined bag is constructed without too many complicated steps

Level: Advanced Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 1-2 classes


  • 3/4 yard of a woven fabric for outside – can be quilting cotton or a heavier canvas or similar fabric
  • 1/2 yard for inside (lining) of bag
  • 1 spool of all-purpose thread
  • (optional – for a bit more challenge we can add a zipper pocket! – 7″ or longer all purpose zipper!  No metal zippers unless you have done zipper sewing before.  And if you get a metal zipper it MUST be the correct size)
    Even if you do not get a zipper, we can still add a patch pocket to this bag if student chooses.