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Fold Over Tote Bag Pattern

By: Sara Curtis from
Fold Over Tote Bag Pattern
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Learn how to upcycle a tote bag pattern or simple tote bag you already have into a bag you can easily use as an everyday purse. With some extra hardware and some extra style, the Fold Over Tote Bag Pattern shows you how to update a plain canvas tote bag into something that looks hip and store-bought. All you need for this easy sewing project is some faux leather and basic purse hardware that you can find at any craft supply store. This sewing project for beginners will take you about a few hours to complete and only takes a few yards of faux leather.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byMachine


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I suppose it is time that I came clean and confessed that bags are one of my favorite things in life. I have a LOT of bags but, in my defence, let me hasten to add that I have made most of them myself. This is such a clever idea to take a very ordinary tote and, with a little work and a few additions, turn it into something that looks totally unique. I already have all sorts of ideas for this project so it is definitely going to keep me busy for a while!


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