Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch

I’m back sharing a sewing project and a giveaway today!

A few years ago I made “Hello Cali” swag bags for a girls trip to Santa Barbara, California. I bought plain cotton shopping totes and used my Silhouette Cameo to create a fun design for the front.

Hello Cali Tote SB

Last June we moved across the country from Tampa to Los Angeles and I left a few moving boxes in the garage. While I was rummaging through the boxes last week, I found one of my “Hello Cali”  totes shoved inside. I thought it would be fun to repurpose the bag into something else..

My friend Trish loves receiving my samples. She recently visited for a few days and I promised her some goodies.. Re-working the tote into a zipper pouch was perfect and and right up her alley.

Hello Cali Pouch 1

Materials:

  1. Reusable cotton shopping tote
  2. Cotton fabric – lining
  3. Interfacing – optional
  4. Metal zipper
  5. Silhouette machine
  6. Silhouette materials – stencil vinyl, fabric ink and sponges
  7. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  8. Iron and ironing board

Hello Cali Pouch Materials

Shopping Tote Zipper Pouch Main

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Use your Silhouette machine, stencil vinyl and fabric ink and create a design on a cotton tote. Not sure where to start? Try one of my tutorials here and here. Skip this step if you already have a cotton tote ready to go.

Step 2 – Determine the size of the pouch. The measurements for this pouch ended up being 13-1/2″L x  8-1/2″. I first cut off the straps, then cut the bag open – cut along the sides and bottom. Use a rotary cutter to make 2 even rectangles, cut another 2 rectangles for the lining. Remember to give enough room around the ” logo/saying/words” and also add a 1/2″ seam allowance. Note: The cotton shopping totes can be a bit thin, so if you want a sturdier pouch, use interacting on the back of both outside pieces.

Hello Cali Step2

Hello Cali Step2b

Step 3 – Cut your zipper down to size. Use one of the straps as zipper tabs. Need some help with zipper tabs? I have a few tutorials you can try. Check out this one that I wrote for Momtastic and another one here.

Hello Cali Step3

Step 4 – Sew the zipper to the outside and lining rectangles. Not sure how to do this? My tutorial called “Sew a Colorful Printed Pouch” has a great step by step tutorial.

Hello Cali Step4

Step 5 – Use all the tote pieces! Make the other shoulder strap into a handy wrist strap. Cut the strap down to the size you like, remember to leave 1/2″ seam allowance at each end. Once you have the zipper sewn into place, measure down from the top left edge about 1 – 2″ and pin the strap in place. Make sure that raw edges meet raw edges. Pin so that the strap faces inwards.

Hello Cali Step5

Step 6 – Finish sewing the pouch together. Open the zipper halfway. Fold the pouch along the zipper, place the outside right sides together and then the cotton lining right sides together. Match at all seams, be especially careful to match at the top sides. Pin along the outside edge. Stitch together with a 1/4″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ – 4 ” opening along the bottom seam of the lining. Press the seams. Trim each corner. Pull the pouch through the opening and wiggle corners into place. Press again. Pin the lining opening closed and sew together. That was a lot of info – need step by step images with the written instructions? My tutorial called “Sew a Colorful Printed Pouch” is very similar.

Hello Cali Pouch Markers

And now on to the giveaway..  My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of inspiration! Please note that this group is not affiliated with the Silhouette America 2016-2017 Design Team.

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14 Responses to Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch

  1. Pam - GetSilvered March 15, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Terrific idea to re-purpose your tote bags. Great project.

  2. Meredith @ Coral + Mint Design Co. March 15, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    I love this! I have so many tote bags that I never use, this would be a great way to repurpose them!

  3. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom March 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    This is such a cute and personalized tote bag, love the color you selected for the lettering, too!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Haberdashery Fun March 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      HI Carrie – thank you! Have a great night. – Marni

  4. Cami @ The Crafting Nook March 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    So super cute!!!! Love matching things! A tote bag and pouch with the hello Cali is so cute!
    Great project!
    Hugs

  5. Layla Bera April 4, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    Hi Haberdashery,

    I do see creativity in your each post. I must say & appreciate your work toward your blog or audience.

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