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Bias Tape Tote Bag

Fashion meets function in this easy-to-make, customizable fabric trim.




Learn Bias Tape Basics before you start.


  • Tote template
  • 1 yard of medium-weight cotton canvas
  • Sewing Kit
  • Bias tape


  1. Step 1

    Using our tote template, cut out two handles, two bag pieces, one small pocket, and one large pocket from 1 yard of medium-weight cotton canvas.

  2. Step 2

    Using 6 yards of store-bought double-fold bias tape, bind both edges of each handle and edges of large and small pockets and both bag pieces.

  3. Step 3

    Press under 1/2 inch of both ends of each handle and pin to each bag piece, folded edge of handle facing the right side of the fabric, 4 1/2 inches from the top edge and 4 inches in from sides of bag. (The handle will twist, as shown below.) Stitch handles to bag using two horizontal stitches, 1/8 and 1/2 inch from folded edge; backstitch for reinforcement.

  4. Step 4

    Stack a small pocket on top of a large one, side edges aligned; pin both to right side of one bag piece. Starting at bag's bottom and stitching through all layers, sew up center front of pockets; backstitch to reinforce.

  5. Step 5

    Stack pieces, wrong sides facing and edges aligned. Bind front of bag to back with bias tape, beginning and ending with a fold-over finish.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2007



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