Sew your own divided tote bag designed to carry your shopping items including your bottles. This free bag sewing pattern is eco-friendly and stylish.
Carry it as a reusable shopping bag to the market and keep your things clean and organized. It is a convenient carrier for glass-bottled goods such as juices or olive oil as well. These totes make thoughtful gifts for your eco-friendly friends, your favorite team coach, or that big family you know.
The tote bag sewing pattern is fully lined, with dividers and straps for easy carrying. To accommodate the bulk of your items, the bottom of the pocket is free from the bottom of the bag, unlike the pockets which are sewn shut along the bottom. When not in use, you can simply push the pocket towards the sides of the bag to make room for more storage space.
If you would like to learn how to sew a small purse with pockets, click on the picture below:
Bag Sewing Pattern Free
Medium-weight cotton fabric in a desired print and color for the bag outer, straps and pockets- 1/2 yard
Medium-weight fabric in a coordinating color for the bag lining- 1/2 yard
Medium-weight interfacing- 1/2 yard
Gather your supplies.
For the bag, you will need to cut fabric pieces in the following dimensions:
Bag outer- 16” x 12” (cut 2). Cut off a 5/8- inch square from both the corners. * Refer picture above.
Bag lining- in the same dimensions as above (cut2). Here again, cut the corners off as stated above.
Large Bag Pocket- 16.75” x 11”
Small Pocket for a bottle- 16.75” x 3.5”
Bag straps- 12.5” x 4” (cut 2).
You will get your pieces like this.
Cut interfacing pieces for all the above with the same dimensions.
Let’s first start making the two pockets.
Take the large and small pocket pieces and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Fold the large pocket piece in half widthwise, with the right sides together and sew it shut along the edges to form a tube.
Bring the right side out and press to make it clean and crisp.
Take the small pocket piece, fold the two long edges towards the wrong side by 3/8- inch and press to set.
Fold it in half widthwise and sew it shut along the short edges, keeping the folds open.
Turn over to the right side and press taut. Topstitch along the two smaller sides to make the edges clean and crisp.
Next, take the large pocket and draw a line 3& 5/8” from the side edge as marked above.
Place one long edge of the small pocket along the line and pin all along. Sew along the pinned edge to join.
We move on to the bag outer.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the bag outer pieces. Repeat on the lining.
Let’s sew the inside pockets to the lining.
Draw a line 3 & 5/8” from the side edge and 5/8” from the lower edge, as shown above.
Place the free long edge of the small pocket on the line and pin all along. Sew along the pinned edge. * Note that one edge of the large pocket is kept folded to pin the small pocket.
Next, unfold the large pocket and bring the edge towards the edge of the lining. Line up the edges of the pocket and lining and pin or clip together.
Bring the other free edge of the large pocket to the other edge of the lining. Line up the edges and pin or clip them together.
Sew along both the clipped edges, removing the clips as you go.
Let’s put the two lining pieces together.
Next, place the other lining piece above the first, with the right sides together, lining up the edges, and sew along the two side edges and lower edge. The two corners and the top are kept open.
Next, we need to box the corners.
Pinch the opening of each of four corners, lining up the side and bottom seams, and press. Pin the corner along the aligned edges. Sew the opening shut, removing the pins as you go.
Repeat on the other corner.
Next, we do the straps
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the strap pieces.
Fold the straps in half lengthwise with the right sides together and sew them shut along the long sides.
Turn the right side out and press to make it clean and crisp.
Fold it again in half lengthwise and sew close to the edge, leaving 2” on either side.
Let’s attach the straps to the bag outer pieces.
First, fold the outer pieces in half, widthwise, lining up the edges, and mark the top center. Mark 1.5-inch to either side as shown. Place the short edges at the marked points and pin. Repeat on the other bag’s outer piece, with the other strap.* Note that the strap edges should extend the top edge of the bag outer by about 1/2- inch.
Next, we sew the put the two bag outer pieces together.
Layer the two bag outer pieces, with the right sides together, lining up the edges, and sew along the side and bottom edges to join (picture for illustration purposes).
Box the corners and sew them shut as you did for the lining.
Let’s attach the lining to the bag outer.
Flip the lining over to the right side and keep the bag outer on its wrong side. Slide the lining into the outer.
Line up the top edges and pin all around.
Sew around the edges, leaving about 3 inches to bring the right side out.
Pull the right side completely out through the opening.
Push the lining into the bag outer.
Push out the corners neatly. You can see the slots clearly.
Let’s box the sides of the bag too. This is to give the bag a professional finish.
Handpress along the lines of the boxed bottom edge and put a small clip along the upper sides to hold the fold.
Put a small pintuck about 2- inches long along the fold. Repeat on all four sides.