Tote bags are a fun project that can be made in many shapes, sizes, and materials for carrying all sorts of things.
Sturdy fabrics such as canvas, denim, twill, drapery fabric, upholstery fabric, and outdoor fabric are best for tote bags. Since many tote bags seldom require cleaning, novelty drapery and upholstery fabrics can be fun choices. Faux leather vinyl and nylon are a couple more durable options.
What Fabrics are Good for Tote Bags?
Cotton fabrics are a perfect choice for a tote bag lining. Choose a sturdy, all purpose muslin, a colorful broadcloth, or an attractive cotton print.
It’s often a good idea to use an interfacing or stabilizer to provide more structure depending on the bag fabric and style. A lightweight fabric needs a stiffer interfacing than a heavier fabric. Some styles do well with the stiff fusible stabilizers. Try fleece interfacing for a softer feel.
You can make handles out of the same fabric as the bag or use webbing.
We have tutorials on how to make different tote bags.