What fabrics are good for tote bags?

A simple tote I made, decorated with a crocheted flower pin.

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A floral tote I made out of a canvas print.


Tote bags are a fun project. Choose a quick, simple pattern and make different totes for different uses.

Sturdy fabrics such canvas, denim, drapery, upholstery are best for tote bags. Since tote bags seldom require cleaning, novelty drapery and upholstery fabrics can be fun choices. Try a fun summer print with sandals tropical fish , or sail boats . Want a western or country look; how about a paisley bandana print in denim for your next tote bag? A paisley reminiscent of the orient would make another fabulous bag.

Choose your interfacing based on the bag fabric and style. A lightweight fabric needs a stiffer interfacing than a heavier fabric. Some styles may do well with the stiff, craft interfacings now available.

Cotton fabrics are a perfect choice for a tote bag lining. Choose a sturdy, all purpose muslin or an attractive cotton print.