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Spreadsheet and Instructions to sew any size of tote bag

Use my spreadsheet to calculate how to sew any size tote bag.

Whenever we go on a picnic or spend a day at the beach we never have a tote bag to carry the food and toys in. I found this great tutorial for Inspired Wren’s Lined Tote Bag, but it was too small.  With the help of an article discussing how to sew boxed corners I decided to sew a larger version of the Inspired Wren’s bag.

I created this Excel Spreadsheet.  It lets you enter the dimensions you want for the tote bag and then calculates the sizes of pieces to cut to make that bag. Here are the sewing instructions.

For this bag, enter these measurements in the spreadsheet:

A:  finished width = 10″
B:  finished height = 15″
C:  finished depth = 6″
D:  height % = 33%
E:  handle width = 1.0″
F:  handle height above bag = 24″
G:  seam allowance:  0.5″
H:  top seam allowance = 1.0″

To make your own bag, download the spreadsheet and the sewing instructions. Refer to the lengthier directions for the Inspired Wren’s Lined Tote Bag if you need more help.

In the past, I followed Inspired Wren’s pattern and made the handles from fabric. When you attach the prepared handles to the bag, you sew over the top of the stitching from when the handles were made. My second stitches never exactly matched the first line of stitches and so it looked messy. I’ve solved that problem (and reduced the sewing time) by using 1.0″ or 1.25″ webbing for the handles. I much prefer the finished look of these handles.

Here are a few more examples of bags I’ve made.
yellow bag

Tote Bag 2015

First tote bag

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