As those of you who follow Sew Very Crafty know I love to make handbags. I came across this one at Sewing Times and decided to share it with you. This Double Zipper Divided Tote is a cinch to make. It is large tote that is very functional. It is large enough to fit a small laptop, file folders and other necessities. I just love it. This is a simple sewing project that an advances beginner who feels comfortable with zippers can make. The rest of the bag is super simple to make and is a great bag making project for those of you who also love to make handbags.
I used quilting cotton that I purchased at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to Hobby Lobby, Fabrics.com or onlinefabricstore.net to get exactly what you need for this project. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
What you will Need: How to Make a Double Zipper Divided Tote
- 1 yd outer and lining fabric
- 2 yds Pellon SF 101 Interfacing
- 2 14″ zippers
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Cut Your Fabrics
- Outer Fabrics
- 2 pieces that measure 18 3/8″ x 14 1/4″
- 2 pieces that measure 4 3/4″ x 23″
- 2 pieces that measure 15 1/2″ x 20″
- Lining Fabrics
- 2 pieces that measure 15 1.2″ x 20″
- 2 Pieces that measure 17 3/8″ x 14 1/4″
- 4 pieces that measure 1 3/4″ x 12 1/4″
- SF 101 Interfacing
- 2 pieces that measure 18 3/8″ x 14 1/4″
- 2 pieces that measure 15 1/2″ x 20
Step 2: Fuse the Interfacing
Fuse the interfacing to the corresponding outer pieces of fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: Cut The Bottom Corners
Take the 18 3/4″ x 14 1/4″ pieces and cut out 2″ x 2 ” squares from the bottom corners of the fabric pieces. Take the lining pieces and cut 2″ x 1″ rectangles from the bottom corners of each piece.
Step 4: Create the Straps
Take the 4 3/4″ x 23″ pieces of outer fabric and fold the long edges to the center and press. Fold in half to enclose the raw edges and press again. Stitch both sides of the strap.
Step 5: Add the Straps
Find the center of the main outer fabric pieces and make a mark. Measure 5″ from either side of the center and make a mark. Place each end of the strap on the marks you just made and tack the handles into place.
Step 6: Create the Zipper Pockets
Take the 15 1/2″ x 20″ outer pieces and lining pieces. Find the center of the short sides and mark. Find the center of the two 14″ zippers and mark. Place the lining piece right sides up on your mark surface. lay the zipper right sides up on the lining piece matching the center marks. Place the outer piece right sides down on the zipper making a zipper sandwich. Stitch the zipper through all layers. Turn the piece right sides out and topstitch along the zipper. Fold the lining up to the zipper and the outer fabric up to the zipper again creating a zipper sandwich. Stitch zipper. Turn right sides out and topstitch along the zipper.
Step 7: Add the Pockets to the Lining
Measure up 3/4″ from the cut corner of one of the lining pieces and place the pocket matching the raw edges on each side. You will notice that the lining piece is larger than the pocket piece. This is correct. Take the 1 3/4″ x 12 1/4″ piece and place it on top of the pocket piece matching the raw edges. Repeat for both sides. Stitch the sides using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Topstitch along the seams on the strip side of the seam. Repeat this process for the other pocket piece and lining piece so that you have two identical pieces.
Step 8: Stitch the Bag
Take the outer bag pieces and place them right sides together. Stitch along the sides and bottom
Step 9: Box the Corners
Box the corners by pinching the side seam and the bottom seam together so that the hole in the bottom disappears, Stitch along the new seam using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Do this for both sides. Turn the bag right sides out.
Step 10: Stitch the Lining
Place the two lining pieces with the pockets attached right sides together. Stitch along the sides and bottom. Box the corners in the same way you did for the main bag.
Step 11: Add the Add the Lining to the Outer Bag
Place the outer bag into the center of the lining bag between the pockets so that they are right sides together. Match the top raw edges. Stitch around the top leaving an opening on one side for turning. Use a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Step 12: Turn the Bag
Turn the bag through the opening you just left.
Step 13: Topstitch Around the Top
Press around the top of the bag making sure to press under the opening that you left when you turned the bag. Topstitch all the way around the top of the bag making sure to enclose the opening. You have now finished this terrific double zipper divided tote.
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