Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Tote with Magnetic Snap

Perfectly pretty – and functional, too.

This is a great beginner sewing project, and the added details of a D-ring and magnetic snap closure will give your tote some extra function and flair. You can give your tote the personality you wish, depending upon the fabrics you choose. Will it be fun, funky, romantic or pretty? It’s up to you! Make more than one and you’re sure to have a tote that complements your mood. Check out our swivel hook lanyard for even more utility – you can hang it from the handy D-ring to keep keys or ID badges within reach.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

Here are the fabrics and sewing supplies you’ll need to make this tote:


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

1) Cut your fabric into the following pieces:

  • 2pcs per print: 19″ wide x 17″ long (for lining & outside of tote)
  • 2pcs per print: 22″ wide x 4″ long (for straps)
  • 1pc from lining print: 4″ wide x 2″ long (for D-ring loop)

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

2) To create the straps, press in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Open fold and press both raw edges in to meet center fold. Repeat on all four strap pieces.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

3) From the right side, insert pins in strap folds to hold them in place.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

4) To assemble the straps, place one lining strap and one outside strap on top of each other, with the raw eges hidden in the middle. Pin and topstitch them together.

5) To create the D-ring loop, repeat the folding process from step 2 with the 4″ strip. Topstitch the two folded edges.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

6) Align the two tote pieces of the outside fabric with the right sides together. Pin and stitch the two 17″ sides and 19″ bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat with the lining fabric.

Clip your corners.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

7) While still wrong side out, fold the tote so the bottom seam is aligned with the side seam, and creates a point. Measure 2″ from the point and stitch across the folded point. Repeat on other corner and lining piece to create the bottom corners of the bag.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

8) To attach the snap in the lining, draw a mark that is 1-1/4″ down from the top raw edge, and centered between the two side seams. Mark both sides of  lining.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

9) Attach the snap parts to both sides of lining at marks, following the package instructions. Use scissors to snip the fabric for the snap prongs to slide through.

 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

TIP: Put an extra layer of scrap fabric between the snap and its back piece for support.

Refer to our earlier blog post about applying magnetic snaps for more information. We also have a tutorial on our website with more application details.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

10) Turn the lining piece right-side out, and insert it into the outside piece. Align and pin at the side seams.

11) Insert the two straps between the tote layers and pin the ends approximately 4″ from the side seams and even with the edge of tote. Make sure they’re not twisted!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

12) Loop the 4″ strip through a D-ring and pin over one end of a strap, between the bag layers.

We use Dritz® Getta Grip® Sewing Clips for this sort of thing, when layers get too bulky to pin!


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Snap Tote

13) Pin all the layers together, and leave a 4-6″ opening. Stitch the layers together, except for opening, with 1/2″ seam allowance.

14) Turn tote right-side out through the opening and push the lining down into the bottom.

15) Topstitch around the circumference of the tote to close the opening.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Tote with Magnetic Snap

Put it all together now! The tote is cute, and you can marry it with our swivel hook lanyard – it will hang perfectly from the D-ring. Make a fabric notebook cover in coordinating fabrics and you’ve got yourself a nice little accessory collection for the office or school.

Are you going to give this tote a try? Which kinds of fabrics will you use? And are there any added details you’ll incorporate into your design? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you and to learn about your tote project. (Or the lanyard and notebook cover, for that matter!)

 

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