Petite pouches and itty bitty bags are always fun and useful, but sometimes you simply need to be large and in charge. This project from our friends at Sew4Home works as a jumbo tote when you’re out and about or fill it up with storage items when you’re home. With a tough canvas exterior and wide webbing straps and handles, it can take on whatever tasks you have in mind.
Designed and presented exclusively for Janome Canada followers, the S4H Box-Style Canvas Tote has techniques you’ll use again and again for future bag making and storage solution projects. The detailed steps and photos take you through tips for sewing thick layers, (there’s a link below for a full tutorial) how to create wide flat felled seams, topstitching, sewing an “X” box to secure the straps and handles, finishing the interior seam allowances with bias binding, and insetting a flat base panel for added shape and structure.
The natural canvas chosen by S4H is a #10 Duck Canvas. It’s a tough fabric that works well as a single layer, but also pliable enough to function as an easy-to-carry tote. To soften the fabric, pre-wash the canvas twice with a fabric softener, tumble dry, and iron prior to cutting all the pieces. The look of washed canvas is a very fashionable finish. For more about pre-washing/preshrinking fabric, check out Sew4Home’s tutorial HERE.
You can see there are a myriad of uses for this generous bag. Fill it up on a shopping trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Stash yarn, pre-cut bundles or fabric scraps in your sewing space. Side handles make it easy to slide the tote around or use the long straps to carry it from room to room. It’s even good looking enough to use in the living or family room to store books and magazines. Don’t you love a project that can multi-task?!
Canvas and webbing can be sourced from a wide variety of in-store and online retailers. Did you know many Janome Canada dealers have online shopping available, as well? S4H found their canvas at a local US big box retailer. The sunny yellow 2”wide cotton webbing is from one of their favorite Etsy Shops.
The Box Style Canvas Tote finishes at approximately 14” wide x 13” high x 10” deep. Check out full instructions on the Janome Canada website under the Inspire tab/ Sew4Home and watch Liz Johnson, Senior Editor of Sew4Home share her 5 favourite things about this awesome tote!
For more tips and tricks of sewing thicker layers, regardless which machine model you have, check out this helpful article, HERE.
I find it very hard to find the information when you have added a link as there is so much advertising. This is not at all helpful to someone wanting the sewing tips.
HI PS, the link to the Canvas Tote sewing instructions is a direct link to where it’s found on Janome. CA – there is no advertising in that link, which I’ve included here for your convenience.
Click to access canvas-tote.pdf