It’s a cinch to give a plain tote bag a big dose of personality— just add stylish straps. Start with an easy-to-sew bag in any size you like, then add buckles or grommets. From there, the options for strap materials are endless—patterned ribbon, nylon rope, and supple leather are all fair game.
Hemming prevents the edges of fabric from fraying and creates weight so that fabric drapes properly. The single-fold hem is the simplest: the edge is folded over, pressed, then edge-stitched at the top of the fold. Yet most of the projects in this book rely on a double hem--the edge is folded over twice--to produce a ravelproof edge.