One-Handle Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This one-handle bag has a unique design with the exposed shoulder strap on the side. The fabric used for this bag is the “Ore No Craft” series, in the fish print. The design of this series suits well with outdoor and camp settings. It is 100% cotton sheeting.

Design & Work: Yui Tamaki

Fabric shown for this sample:YGA-59040-2A


  • Fabric (Outer Fabric, Pocket): 100cm x 40cm
  • Fabric (Lining Fabric): 80cm x 40cm
  • Tape: 3.8cm wide x 1.3m
  • Tag of your choice: One piece

Size:35cm (l) 25cm (w–at opening) 35cm (bottom)

We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The denim-like nuanced blue color is stylish. Depending on the material to be matched, it can turn the item look elegantly cool or refreshing. Inspired by outdoor activities this time, I came up with a casual style easy-to-make one-handle tote bag.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
It is an unusual design with the exposed shoulder straps on the side. You will find this bag convenient with the right length of the strap and an inner pocket.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
Temporary glue is useful for attaching tags and for areas where fabric tends to misalign easily.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
The use of the strap that goes all the way to the bottom and the canvas lining make this bag durable, and it can also be used as a tool case. The natural color tone fits perfectly for daily use.

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



Cut the fabric and prepare materials.


Fold the ends of the shoulder strap tape in three and sew.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the pocket fabric in half and sew (leaving the opening for turning).


Turn the pocket inside out and align the shape. Attach it to the front side of the lining fabric, leaving the top opening unsewn.


Attach the decorative tag to the front side of the outer fabric.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer and lining fabrics, leaving an opening for turning.


Repeat the process on the other side.


Cut off bottom corners and turn the fabric inside out.


Align the shape using an iron.


With the front sides facing outside, layer the fabrics with the shoulder strap in between.


Sew together the sides and bottom, leaving 3cm unsewn from the top.

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