What Fabrics are Good for Tote Bags?

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, twilldrapery fabricupholstery 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.

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. Check them out below!

Tote Bag Tutorials:

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Where should I get raw material for bag?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Right here at OnlineFabricStore.net!
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