Two-Way Handle Tote Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This single-layer, foldable and flat tote bag has a 2-way design with a long shoulder strap and a short handle. The fabric used for this bag is a series of reproductions of works by Alphonse Maria Mucha. The vivid colors of the digital prints will also look great as fabric panels. It is 100% cotton sheeting.

Design & Work:Satomi Takei

Fabric shown for this sample:EKX-1600-2A
Tape shown for this sample:ech-1000-1A


  • Fabric: 110cm wide x 60cm
  • Tape: 3mm wide x 73cm
  • Rivet: 0.6cm diameter x Four pairs

Size: about 39cm (l) about 36cm (w)

We interviewed Satomi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It is such a beautiful fabric made directly from a painting, so I made it into a flat square tote bag, inspired by fabric panels. The striped rope adds a nice accent to the whole look.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
It has a long shoulder strap as well as a short handle, making it a two-way style. I utilized the fabric edge with the signature of Mucha, the artist of the painting, and turned it into a tag.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?。
Since it is single layer, the fabric edges are finished with French seams. While it is a simple and easy method, it creates a beautiful finish.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
This painting-like tote bag is perfect to coordinate with simple styling. Being a single layer piece, it can be easily folded and carried around. Whether it is used as a main or secondary bag, it is a convenient piece. Please try making one!

KF: Thank you very much, Satomi! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!



Cut the fabric and prepare the materials.


Fold the handle and sew both ends to make it to be 2cm-wide.


Fold the top opening of the body in three and sew together with the handle.
Attach the handle securely as shown.


With the front sides facing outside, sew both ends at 5mm from the edge.


Turn it over and sew both ends at 7mm from the edge to make a French seam.


Repeat the same process for the bottom. With the front sides facing outside, sew the bottom at 5mm from the edge.


Turn it over and sew the bottom at 7mm from the edge to make a French seam.
※Please be careful with the sequence – Front sides facing outside first, then front sides facing each other.


Fold the rope in half, and sew the ends together.


Press the seam from step 8 open. As shown, align and attach the tape along the side line of the body. Repeat the same process on the other side.


Leave the center portion unsewn.


Cut the logo from the fabric edge to your preferred size. Fold it to make a tag, and attach it to the tape.
※ The holes on the edge will disappear by soaking the fabric in water.


Attach the rivet to finish!

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