Stuff Tote Bag

Stuff Tote Bag

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • 3/8 yd cotton fabric for front/back and sides
  • 1/2 yd cotton fabric for bottom yoke and handles
  • 5/8 yd cotton fabric for lining
  • 3-4 coordinating printed cotton remnants for embellishment and letters, 15"x8"
  • 1 roll HeatnBond®
  • 2 yds sew-in heavyweight interfacing
  • Various widths and colors of rick-rack for embellishment
  • Piaette ribbon
  • 1-3/8 yd pompom trim
  • 1 pkg ribbon rosettes for embellishment
  • 3-4 coordinating ribbons in various widths and colors, 3/8 yd of each
  • 1 spool 1" wide ribbon
  • 1 spool ribbon trim
  • 4" letter stencils
  • 2-3 novelty flower pins
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Pins
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat

Seam allowances are 1/2".

1. Cotton fabric – front/back and sides: cut two 12½"x19" for front/back and two 12½"x5" for top sides.
2. Cotton fabric – bottom yoke and handles: cut two 4"x19" for bottom front/back, two 4"x5" for bottom sides, one 5"x19" for bottom and two 25"x4" for handles.
3. Cotton fabric – lining: cut two 16"x19" for front/back, two 16"x5" for sides and one 19"x5" for bottom.
4. Interfacing – cut two 16"x19" for front/back, two 16"x5" for sides, one 19"x5" for bottom and two 25"x4" for handles.

1. Baste interfacing to the wrong side of all corresponding pieces.
2. With right sides together and raw edges even, sew front/back pieces to front/back bottom yoke pieces.
3. Sew sides to bottom yoke pieces in same manner.
4. Pin and stitch pompom trim to front/back and sides just above seam. Set aside.
5. Fuse HeatnBond® to the wrong side of cotton fabric remnant being used for letters. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Before removing the paper backing, trace letters onto paper side. Make sure to trace letters backwards.
6. Cut letters out and peel off paper backing.
7. Center and place letters on front above seam and pompom trim. Iron in place.
8. Zigzag stitch around each letter edge.
9. Cut two triangles out of remaining fabric remnants. Overlap and pin along top edge of bag front. Baste in place close to edge.
10. Pin various rickrack trims along triangle edges over basting stitches. Stitch in place.
11. Sew bottom and sides together at short edges. Stop and start stitching 1/2" from each edge. Backstitch at stopping and starting points. Press.
12. Pin front to sides and bottom. Stitch. Pivot at corners.
13. Sew lining together in same way. Make sure to leave an opening at bottom of lining for turning. Set aside.
14. Press long edges of handles to the wrong side 1/2". Fold handles in half with wrong sides together. Press.
15. Edge stitch long edges of handle.
16. Pin handles to front and back tote where desired. Raw edges even. Baste in place.
17. Cut two pieces of 1" wide ribbon 23" long. Pin to front and back at center, top edge. Baste in place.
18. With right sides together and raw edges even, pin lining to tote. Stitch along top edge. Be careful not to catch straps or ribbon ties.
19. Pull bag right side out through opening in lining. Tuck lining in bag. Press top edge and edge stitch.
20. Stitch opening in lining closed.
21. Glue piaette ribbon trim along top edge of bag where desired.
22. Embellish front of bag with rosettes and flower pins. Glue various ribbons to the back of one flower pin if desired.