Tote Bag with Trim Handles

Tote Bag with Trim Handles

Crafting Time:
1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
Some Experience Necessary
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Additional Information



  • 3/4 yard canvas
  • 5-1/2 yards of 1/2" wide trim for handles
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Iron & pressing surface
  • Marker


Front & Back: two 12-1/2"x16"
Sides & bottom: one 6"x43-1/2"

1. Draw line 2-1/2" in from each side on front & back.
2. Cut trim length in half lengthwise. Place lengths side by side and stitch together down center with a zig-zag stitch. Cut sewn trim in half.
3. Place trim along the side lines of the front & back. Stitch in place, stopping 3" from top of bag. Reinforce corners of side/bottom piece with stay stitching to align with corners.
4. Stitch front to side/bottom while clipping and pivoting at corners. Repeat with back piece. Finish seams with zig-zag or overlock stitch Press seams toward sides.
5. Fold down top 1/2" and then 1". Stitch close to fold.
6. Finish stitching straps up to the top of bag.