Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners {Craft Snob}

Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners ~ I’m so excited about today’s post!! My friend Sara from Craft Snob is here to share a beginners sewing tutorial with us!! Yay!! You all know how I’ve been dying to start to sew, I even put together a Sewing 101 post last year. This tutorial is definitely the push I need to start! You’ll find below an AMAZING Triplet Tote Tutorial, which I can’t wait to make myself.

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Triplet Tote - Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

I frequently carry a one pocket tote around with a bunch of things ranging from my laptop, notebooks, pens, thumb drives, etc. Often my pens and other small accessories fall below my notebooks and laptop, making it difficult to find what I am looking for. So I wanted to make a tote with three dividers: one for my laptop, one for my notebooks, and one for smaller miscellaneous items. The result? The Triplet Tote, which has three sections of equal size.

Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners

Materials:

  • Three coordinating cotton fabrics
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing supplies

Notes:

  • Assume all allowances are 1/4 inch unless stated otherwise.

Instructions:

Step 1:

  • Cut two of each: Exterior (28″x12″) – Lining (28″x12″) – Handles (26″x4″)

Sewing Tutorial for Beginners - Triplet Tote

Step 2:

  • Fold handle in half lengthwise and press. (See photo below.)
  • Open the handle, fold both edges towards the center, and press.
  • Fold along the creased center-line and press again.
  • Top-stitch all the way around.
  • Repeat for the other handle.

How to make Tote Handles - Sewing for beginners

Step 3:

  • Lay the lining right side up. Place one handle as shown in the photo below.
  • Lay the exterior right side down. Sew along the edges as shown in the photo below. (Leave a few inches open at the bottom.)
  • Repeat the above steps with the other lining, exterior and handle.

Sewing tutorial for beginners - Tote

Step 4:

  • Turn right side out and press.
  • Sew the bottom opening closed.
  • Top-stitch across the top. (See photo below)

Tote 101 Sewing Tutorial

Step 5:

  • (You should have two identical pieces.)
  • Fold each piece in half about the centerline.
  • Line the bottom up with the top.

How to sew a tote - Tutorial

Step 6:

  • Lay one on top of the other, making sure the handles are on the exterior.

How to Sew a Handle onto a Tote

Bag Tutorial for beginners

Step 7:

  • Top-stitch along the sides and bottom with 3/4 inch allowance.

How to sew a bag

Now you’re all done. Pop a few of your favorite items into the tote. I’m so glad I won’t be losing pens and such beneath my notebooks and laptop anymore.

Triplet Tote -Tutorial

I love how the sides turned out! Aren’t they fun and different?

Triplet Tote Tutorial - Sewing for Beginners

Triplet Tote Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

Thank you Christine for allowing me to share a beginner sewing project with your amazing readers.
Let’s find each other on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Google + so we can share your projects!

Sara - Craft Snob
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52 thoughts on “Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners {Craft Snob}

  1. Or you could use 4 different fabrics that coordinate and make it kind of fun that way! This is so cute – once I figured out what was going on… I’m kind of slow on the sewing thing, but when I finally got it I went “ooooooooo” Love Love LOVE it!

  2. So simple and pretty!
    Plus, my favorite handle making technique. :)

    Off to measure my tech to make sure it fits! (Can you share the dimensions of your laptop so we have a starting point?

    Thanks,
    Sarah

  3. What is the reason for the 3/4″ seam allowance at the last part? I love the bag, but the seam allowance seems so big. I think, I would like it better with a smaller edge.

  4. Another little addition you could do is to sew straight up the middle on one side before you sew up the edges. This would leave one side with two smaller pockets for pens and such, and the other with one larger pocket for notebook/laptop/tablet.

  5. I am a brand spanking new sewer and it took me about 6 hours to make this (that’s including figuring out how to thread the darn bobbin, repeated trips to the ironing board, agonizing over cutting the fabric, taking a slow and steady approach). So very cute and satisfying to make, the hardest part was picking out the fabric!

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