Summer Tote Bag Tutorial

Summer Tote Bag

I’m thrilled to share my Summer Tote Bag Tutorial with you! This isn’t just any bag – it boasts a flat bottom, handy inside pockets, and is fully lined, making it a fantastic accessory for any occasion. You can find the full video tutorial with step-by-step instructions HERE.

You might recall the simple Tote Bag tutorial I shared, which quickly became my go-to daily bag. However, as much as I love it, it’s started to show wear and tear, prompting me to craft a sturdier version with some additional features.

For those interested, I’ve created a PDF pattern with full printable instructions, available for a nominal fee in my Etsy Store. This small purchase helps support my free tutorials, allowing me to share even more with you. Thank you for your support.

Summer Tote Bag

This Summer Tote Bag is lined, so we don’t have any raw edges showing which is one of the reasons I love it so much, because the end result is so professional and tidy.

Like most things with sewing you can adjust to your liking, make the bag bigger or smaller, the straps shorter or longer, add more pockets or leave them out altogether, it’s entirely up to you.

Summer Tote Bag

I recommend using canvas fabric for the outer bag and 100% quilting cotton for the lining for this project. You may like to use Fusible Interfacing (Pellon Shape Flex SF101) to give the bag more structure for the Outer, Lining, or both.

For directional fabric make sure the longer 21″ side is facing in the correct direction. I do not recommend using directional fabric for the lining.

Sew with either a ½” OR ⅝” seam allowance, whichever you are most comfortable with, just make sure you stick to the same seam allowance for the whole bag unless stated otherwise in the tutorial.

Approximate finished size: 20″ wide x 14″ tall x 6″ bottom flat

Summer Tote Bag




Outer fabric cut: (2) x 21″ x 18”

Lining fabric cut: (2) x 21″ x 18” AND (1) x 21″ x 10″

Fusible Interfacing cut: (2 or 4) x 21″ x 18”

Cotton Webbing cut: (2) x 32″ Straps

Please watch my video for full instructions on how to make a Summer Tote Bag:

This project is part of my Small Sewing Projects, you might also be interested in making my Vinyl Zipper Pouch.

Thanks so much for joining me! Please leave a comment and let me know how you go, or if you have any questions.

Stacey x

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9 thoughts on “Summer Tote Bag Tutorial

  1. Janet McDaniel says:

    This is my all time favorite tote. Your instructions were impeccable!! Thank you for teaching this step by step. I’m in love with it. I wish I knew how to send you a photo.

  2. Marie says:

    Really enjoy your videos. Your instructions are always so clear and easy to follow. I have tried many of your projects and have enjoyed them all. You are a great instructor. Thank you..

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