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I'm Ren, short for Renée: a sewer, crocheter, designer, and blogger at www.TheInspiredWren.com. While my husband's at work and my daughter's in school, I fill my time by scattering random threads ...

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Lined Canvas Tote

from The Inspired Wren
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Lined Canvas Tote
Lined Canvas Tote
Lined Canvas Tote
Lined Canvas Tote
Lined Canvas Tote
Lined Canvas Tote

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cut Accurately
  • Sew a straight line

Pattern Description:

This pattern includes step-by-step directions how to sew a fully lined, canvas Tote Bag with an outer pocket and a reinforced bottom, including full cutting dimensions so there's no guesswork!

Because the Handles wrap to the bottom this is a tough tote that can withstand a lot of weight. It also maintains its structure nicely (and can take a lot of abuse) thanks to the indoor/outdoor fabric and duck-cloth. There are so many fabulous fabric options in the decor fabrics department. And remember it doesn't require a lot of fabric, so don't forget to also check the remnant bin at your local fabric store.

This is a quick sew, but if you want to go even faster skip the Pocket and the Lining. My preschool-age daughter carried (or should I say, dragged) an unlined version of this tote to school daily and it held up well.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Final Tote Bag is 8 1/2" wide x 11 1/2" tall x 4" deep


  • Indoor/Outdoor Fabric for Outer Shell, 1/2 yard
  • Duck-Cloth (Heavy Canvas) for Bottom Panel and Handles, 1/2 yard
  • Coordinating Quilting-Weight Fabric for Lining, 1/2 yard

You Will Also Need:

  • Coordinating Thread
  • Heavy Duty Needle

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