• DIY Purple Striped Market Tote

    Last year I made a striped beach tote and this year I found some perfect purple striped canvas weight fabric at my local fabric outlet for only $4 a yard and knew I wanted to make another version. 

    Would you like to learn how to make one too? Okay! Keep reading!

    1. Cut two pieces of striped fabric about 17 x 17, heavier weight fabric is better. Sew along the right and left sides (red arrows above).

    2. Fold it so the seam you just sewed is in the middle, iron it flat and sew straight across the bottom

    3. Pinch and fold the corners into a triangle, measure about 2 inches from the point and sew a vertical line at that point (where the red arrow is). Cut off the excess triangle.
    4. Now you’ll do the same thing with a lining fabric (I just used a muslin type fabric) except leave about 3” open at the bottom to turn right side out.

    5. Now put the two bags right side together inside each other and pin along the top, then sew them together all the way around the top.
    6.Reach through the bottom hole, bring the striped fabric through and turn them both right side out. Now measure from the bottom to top including a handle to make the straps. Each of my straps measured 40 inches including seam allowance.

    7. Cut two pieces of 40” (or whatever measurement you just came up with) x about 4”. Fold them each in half and sew the loooong way and one short way. Turn them each inside out.
    8. Pin them on either side of the bag starting underneath and sew two lines as indicated up each strap stopping at the top of the bag.

    9. Lastly, fold the handle on itself, starting about 1 1/2 inches above the top of the bag, pin and sew along the pins.


    1. Anonymous said… July 17, 2011 12:08 am

      I used a flower fabric and it looks beautiful, plus I attached a pouch with velcro inside and an open pocket on the outside, I love it! now my daughter and mother want one! thanks.

    2. Rachel said… March 24, 2011 7:48 pm

      You did a GREAT job making this look so easy! I can't wait to give it a try. 🙂 Thanks!

    3. chelse said… March 24, 2011 2:06 pm

      I made your yellow beach tote just two days ago and LOVE it. Thanks for the tuitorial

    4. Nancy said… March 24, 2011 1:29 pm

      perfect for spring. awesome!

    5. Ashley said… March 24, 2011 8:54 am

      I saved your last bag post and just two days ago pulled it out to make it with my mom and sister. This post is perfect timing because we already want to make more bags. Thank you for having such an awesome blog Liz :)Here is a our bags if you want to check them out http://ashleysdailybucket.blogspot.com/2011/03/bag-ladies.html

    6. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said… March 23, 2011 10:34 pm

      this bag looks like a great beach tote! definitely going to attempt this once i buy my sewing machine!

    7. Caitlin said… March 23, 2011 7:57 pm

      wow this is such a cute tote! i just may have to try my hand at one 🙂

    8. wendy said… March 23, 2011 6:12 pm

      loving the lands end look, great stripes too!

    9. terry said… March 23, 2011 5:38 pm

      love it liz!

    10. la petite coquine said… March 23, 2011 4:37 pm

      So darling!

    11. Ihilani said… March 23, 2011 2:54 pm

      *squeal* I NEED TO MAKE ONE OF THESE!

    12. Erica said… March 23, 2011 12:27 pm

      I love the purple stripes. Can't wait to see the bag at the Outer Banks! Actually, I just can't wait for the Outer Banks; the bag is just a plus.

    13. Susan said… March 23, 2011 12:14 pm

      did you need my address to send this to me?it is perfie.

    14. Sarah said… March 23, 2011 11:19 am

      What a perfect thing to make for the beginning of spring! Totally gets you in the mood. =) Thanks for sharing!- Sarahhttp://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

    15. Catherine said… March 23, 2011 9:17 am

      Love the purple stripes. Cute!

    16. The Brooks Family said… March 23, 2011 9:10 am

      Thank you for sharing. I will be making a couple of these bags for gifts. They are perfect to bring to your local farmers market or the beach 🙂

    17. rachel said… March 23, 2011 8:39 am

      love!! I wish I was better at sewing 🙂

    18. LifeCreatively said… March 23, 2011 8:35 am

      I love this! I already have a purse in the line up of things I'm going to make but I might just have to add this to the list.

    19. {lovely little things} said… July 28, 2010 12:52 am

      This is the chicest grocery market basket I've ever seen, I need one!!

    20. Chaucee said… July 26, 2010 5:47 am

      Totally gorgeous. I'm working on sewing my own first market tote so I'm going to hold off on this one for a little while, but if things go bad I'll be visiting that shop! Haha.

    21. Erin said… July 21, 2010 6:16 pm

      These totes are fabulous! I want one for sure. And if I get one, I have to move to a tiny village in France where they have quaint farmers' markets. Le sigh…

    22. Callie Grayson said… July 21, 2010 6:11 pm

      BTW,I have a panini pan for the stove top and I love it!! Not only do I make grilled cheese goodness! I grill vegetables and chicken too! xxcallie

    23. Callie Grayson said… July 21, 2010 6:06 pm

      I love the natural linen look of these totes! I have one in green,and i do enjoy filling it with great stuff at the farmers market!xxcallie

    24. amanda jane jones said… July 21, 2010 5:59 pm

      great find!

    25. Eliza said… July 21, 2010 5:55 pm

      remind me dorothy and toto. cute

    26. Kirsten Krason said… July 21, 2010 9:21 am

      Those are so great!

    27. Elle said… July 21, 2010 7:47 am

      oh this is so cute for the farmer's market, and much nicer than the ratty old canvas totes I schlep around.

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