Gathered Top Tote Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This large tote bag with plenty of room and a lovely shape is accented by the gathering at the top. The fabric used for this bag is echino’s [mingle], a large panel fabric featuring eight basic echino patterns. It is a cotton linen canvas that is suitable for bag making.

Design & Work: Yui Tamaki

Fabric shown for this sample:
(Outer Fabric, Handle)EKX-98000-801A
(Lining Fabric)EKX-9541-1K


  • Outer Fabric, Handle: 110cm wide x 1m
  • Lining Fabric: about 110cm wide x 50cm

Size: 26cm (l) 48cm (opening side) 40cm (bottom) 8cm (gusset width)

We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The bright colors lift your spirits! How delightful it is to be able to enjoy a variety of echino patterns all at once! While it would be cute to use one pattern at a time, I decided to go all out and include them in a larger bag!

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The gathering at the top gives the bag a very cute shape. You can fully appreciate the pattern with even the handle in the same fabric. The 48cm width and 8cm gusset allow for a large size, making it convenient for days when you have a lot to carry.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
Since it requires only straight stitches, even beginners will find it easy to make. Iron it frequently during the process for a beautiful finish!

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It will look great with simple clothes! Having a large bag becomes handy to store outerwear when we frequently slip them on and off during the change of season.

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



Make the handle. Fold both sides of the long end for 1cm.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the short ends and create a loop.


Fold the long end in half. Make a loop and apply stitches on both long ends.


Make the opening fabric. With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer and lining fabrics at both sides.


Turn it inside out and iron to align the shape.


Make the outer bag. With the front sides facing each other, sew together the sides and bottom. Fold the gusset and sew.


Repeat the same process for the lining bag (leave an opening for turning at the bottom.)


Turn the outer bag inside out. Baste the opening fabric with the handle inserted in the opening.


With the front sides facing each other, place the lining bag into the outer bag. Sew them together all the way around the opening.


Turn it inside out and close the opening for turning. Align the shape to finish.

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