DIY Carry All Bag

  Seems like every time I leave the house I need to take along my camera, bloggie, bottled water and a snack a plastic shopping bag is not attractive or sturdy.  

So I gathered up some stuff laying around the house and whipped up a carry all bag.
Red paisley decorator fabric was left over from some pillow slip covers that I made and the off white fabric is a pair of tab top curtains.

4 panels (2 from each fabric choice) 12 1/2″ wide and 13 1/2″ tall
4 side panels (2 inside fabric choice & 2 outside fabric choice) 5 1/2″ wide and 
13 1/2″ tall
2 bottoms (one from each fabric) 12 1/2″ X 5 1/2″
1 pocket 6 1/2″ wide and 9″ tall
2 handles 38″ long

I cut the tabs off the curtain and used the seamed top as my handles, so I had no sewing involved with that step.  

Serge all the seams together for the bags liner.

Hem the top and bottom of the pocket.  The sides will be caught in with attaching the handle.

Position pocket on the front and stitch the handle in place, making sure it overlaps the pocket on each side enough to catch the raw seam.  
Attach handle on the other side in the same place as the first.

Do not sew the handle all the way to the top leave about 2″ so you can turn the top over and create a finished edge.

Serge all seams together for the outside fabric choice

Insert the liner and serge around the top to hold in place.

Fold the top onto the outside fabric to create a hem around the top.

One Carry All Bag Complete!
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  1. Such a cute bag! I can’t believe that you were able to make it using stuff that you already had on hand. Good for you! Have a great week!

  2. saw you on Debbie Debbiedoos ! this tote is a keeper well done!!

  3. This is superb – love the idea of using the curtain tabs for handles. Beautiful bag, great tutorial!

  4. So cute, I love the paisley fabric. I am a “bag” girl too, love them for carrying everything!

    Hope you had a Happy Easter!


  5. How cute is that! I can not sew that well, but sure admire those who have such talent. Pretty colors. Have a great week. Patty

  6. Hello Dawn, so nice to meet you. I found you at Debbiedoo’s and thought I would stop in. The bag is amazing and I love the colors you chose. I need a bag like this for hauling my camera around. I don’t like to use the big bulky camera bag.

    Love your hair !

  7. That’s a great looking bag with fantastic directions. Now if only I could sew.
    Your new follower

  8. What a cute bag. I just found your blog and I now a follower.

  9. I admire any sewing project..I use liquid sew!
    Nice project and post.Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  10. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I’m getting back into the sewing world and need some reminders on how to make things – can’t wait to try this out and make a new summer tote!

    Found you through the newbie party and am now a new follower. Would love if you’d hop over to and follow me!

    Turning a House into a Home

  11. Love this tote – well done!! Stop over to enter the coffee burlap bag giveaway

  12. Hey friend,love this tote!Now when you go shoppin’ you have a lovely tote to match all those beautiful outfits(BTW-I just checked them all out),you are not only the fashionista,you are such a lovely talented(LOVE YOUR JEWELRY)lady.

  13. So cute! Thank you for the tutorial! This may be a stupid question but what is a bloggie?

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