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Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners {Craft Snob}

Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners ~ Learn how to sew a triplet tote with this easy sewing for beginners tutorial.

Triplet Tote sewing tutorial 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.


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.

To solve this problem, 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. 

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Triplet Tote Tutorial – Sewing for Beginners



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


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.

How to sew a tote with three compartments

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
Triplet Tote - Sewing Tutorial for Beginners. This is a perfect DIY sewing project for beginners. This step by step tutorial will have you creating your very first sewing project in no time.

Thank you Christine for allowing me to share a beginner sewing project with your amazing readers.

Sara, creator of WE SEW Crooked, a fun beginner sewing class for new and nervous sewers. Craft Snob is where I host the Bite Sized Sewing Series chalk full of easy sewing projects. My favorite sewing projects are beginner ones because they are fast, easy, and kind of like instant gratification, right?

Sara – Craft Snob
P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.

P.S. I tried Sara’s tutorial and I made my very own Triplet Tote!!

YAY!! Come on over and check it out:

Triplet Tote - Sewing for beginners! Sewing 101 #sewing #sewingforbeginners #sewing101

P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Sewing 101 Guide for beginners… like me

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Friday 29th of May 2020

[…] this takes sewing a reusable tote bag up a notch. Learn how to sew a tote bag with 3 sections from The DIY Dreamer. The three different sections help you keep track of things and keep your bag […]

Janet Franco

Thursday 28th of May 2020

This 3 compartment tote bag is great, and the instructions are the best written I have ever seen. I read thru them and understood every step. thanks for posting such a great pattern


Sunday 10th of May 2020

This tote turned out perfect. I like the compartments to keep me organized! Have a great day, Kippi


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

So glad I found you through Marty's link party! My pens always disappear to the bottom of my bag too - what a great idea to sew separate compartments!


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hi Heather! Great idea for a tote. I love the idea of the dividers. Thanks for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

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