Continuing from our previous post, the finishing touches is just repeating many of the previous steps.
Step 8 – Marking Your Hem
- Measure 14 inches or 14.5 inches from the bottom of your lining.
- Mark this line using a fabric pencil or pen that will wash out.
- Fold the edge inwards and pin down.
- Repeat with your outer fabric.
Step 9 – Pressing Your Hem
- Do the same thing you did in step two to press the hem.
Step 10 – Position Your Lining
- Flip one lining right side out.
- Flip the other lining wrong side out.
- Insert the lining inside.
- Make sure the wrong sides are facing each other.
Step 11 – Pinning The Straps
- Take both of your 5ft pieces and face the right sides together.
- I made a little oopsy with my measurements so I had use scraps to piece together my 60inx3in strap.
- Pin the pieces together and make sure everything lies flat
- Make sure the pins do not get in the way when you are sewing.
- It’s okay if your straps do not exactly match. The raw edges won’t be seen in the finished project.
Step 12 – Sewing The Straps
- Set up your machine for a straight stitch or a triple stitch. Most people will use a regular straight stitch but since I will be putting heavy things in my bag so I’ll be using the triple stitch.
- Align your raw edge to the guidelines on your machine. I chose a large seam allowance because it is easier to work with. Use whatever you are comfortable with.
- I was distracted by the tv so my lines became crooked. If this happens to you, it’s okay. Start another stitch near it.
Step 13 – Turn The Straps Right-Side Out
- Use something flat and narrow to gently press the seams.
- Press the strap until it is completely flat with no creases.
Step 14 – Align The Straps With Your Tote Bag
- Use a ruler to make a one-inch mark from each raw edge of your strap.
- Place one end of the strap in between the wrong sides of the tote bag.
- The one-inch mark you just made should line up with the hem of the tote bag.
- Pin it in place.
- Do the same for the strap on the other side.
Step 15 – Sewing The Hem
- Use the guides on your sewing machine and sew the strap in place.
- Make sure both tote bag hems are on top of each other.
- Continue all the way around until your stitches are back at the start.
The reversible tote bag is completed. I’m currently using mine to hold my phone, my wallet, a battery pack, and my Nintendo 3DS. It feels sturdy. I hope you like this project and continue to stick with sewing as a hobby.