What Fabrics are Good for Tote Bags?

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

Sturdy fabrics such as canvas, denim, drapery fabric, and upholstery fabric are best for tote bags. Since tote bags seldom require cleaning, novelty drapery and upholstery fabrics can be fun choices.

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, a colorful broadcloth, or an attractive cotton print.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make a simple tote bag.

Find the full written instructions here.

Find more bags and accessories tutorials here.

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What's the best interfacing for bag lining?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: For a stiff but not too stiff lining, I like Pellon #809 Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer.

For a softer, slightly cushioned feel, I'd suggest a fusible fleece.
Pellon #809 Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer
Pellon #809 Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer
Pellon #987F Fusible Fleece
Pellon #987F Fusible Fleece
Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus Fusible Fleece
Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus Fusible Fleece
Where should I get raw material for bag?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Right here at OnlineFabricStore.net!