Reversible Tote Sewing Pattern

reversible tote pattern

Having a reversible tote bag is like having 2 bags in one, now with the adjustable strap, you can have even more styling with it. Be it full length till your hip and sling across your chest, or shorten it till just below your armpit, inside out or outside in, style it with your mood and base on your outfit.

I made this bag with one of my favorite fabrics. It is actually a lightweight upholstery material normally use as curtain or drape. The silver flower printing caught my eyes and I can’t go home without taking a few yards with me. For all my favorite fabrics, I will make sure I sew something good out of them. This explained why I constantly crave on fabrics, buy them and keep them until I am convinced enough to sew a good project. For this fabric, not only that I am 100% satisfied with my reversible tote design but I also feel happy that I got them sold for a good cause.

Let’s get to the tutorial and pattern on how to sew this reversible tote bag with adjustable strap after this jump….

Reversible Tote

{CLICK HERE to get the Reversible Tote Sewing Pattern.}

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  1. Hi!

    Thanks for the pattern and the tutorial! They’re great!

  2. Muchas gracias!!!! Excelente tutorial, preciosa bolsa. 🙂

    Translation (by Google):
    Thank you very much!! Excellent tutorial, nice bag.

  3. Whoa… what a fabulous bag! Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  4. Oooooo LOVE THIS! Asymmetrical AND reversible…my two favorite things!

  5. Thanks for such a great tutorial! I added it to my November listings for Free Tote Purse & Bag Tutorials at

  6. I love this bag! I downloaded the pattern and I’ll make it very soon.
    I also leave in SG. I bought some cute fabrics in Spotlight and I hope I can make a nice bag like yours.
    That will be my first bag! I’m really excited!


    • Thanks for liking the bag, Angelie 🙂
      I was at Sportlight last Wed and bought some nice fabrics too. That was my first trip to Sportlight which my Singaporean friends recommended that I have to go there if I happened to be in the country. And yes, I was crazy and wanted to take the whole shop back.

  7. super cute the smart design & color..

  8. I’m impress…I like your blog, the craft…I gained a lot…

  9. thanks for the pattern. I made one for my sis

  10. thank u, I will let my little one know about the lion…she will be pleased

  11. I love this bag and can’t wait to make it! I have read and reread the tutorial several times and am slightly confused about the bottom of the bag. I can’t figure out where I sew the bottom with the way it’s cut out with the 2″ notches…I feel like I am missing something very simple.

    • It is very simple, indeed. After you have both side and bottom seams sewn up, press seam open. Bring side seam to meet bottom seam, you will see the triangle as shown in the picture.

  12. Any idea how I might print off the entire pattern blown up four times on a mac. I seem to be able to blow it up but then it prints just one little portion and nothing else.
    Super excited to make this, even if I end up having to estimate the pattern.

  13. What a wonderful job you’ve done! Thanks for sharing your pattern and writing such a great tutorial.

  14. tanks, i like u’r tutorial

  15. I great tutoral i am so excited to try out this pattern but i can’t seem to understand the part you say we must cut on the fold but the pattern appear slant at the bottom.i am a bit lose when it comes to where to sew and how to cut

    • Hi Keisha, the fold is on the side and yes, it is on the slant. If you look at the pattern, there is a fabric grain direction, fold your fabric according to the direction which is parallel to the slant slope. Hope this help.

  16. thank you i finaly figured it out than you very much gonna do it tomarrow.thanks alot

  17. I love that it’s reversible. You can show off two awesome fabrics!! Thanks for the tutorial – you make it look fun and enjoyable!

  18. HI there,
    I have a question about the base of the bag. On the pattern it has a 2″ x 2″ indentation on each side but your pics of cut out materials don’t have that. Am I misreading the pattern? I can’t figure it out.

    Thanks for your help,


  19. Help!!!!

    I found this purse on pinterest and fell in love – it is the only one I’ve ever cared to make but I’m stuck!
    I do not understand the steps starting at 5 where the ring holder begins. I have invested a lot of time and really need detailed help.. Is that something you would be willing to do. I quilt & sew lots of other things, but never utilizing hardware.


    • It is not difficult, all you need to do after folding in the edges of the 2 fabric handle, put in the hardware then sew the seam to join the 2 fabrics up and seam b.
      Hope this help to clear up your question marks 🙂

  20. Hello, I love this a lot and I have decided this as my first sewing project.
    I cut my fabric but I’ve also cut the part on the bottom 2″ at the both sides. I guess I shouldn’t have done so. Now I am stuck. Is there a video how to make this kind of bottom?

  21. Hi,

    Just found your site. I really like this bag pattern especially like the strap. I own a small home sewing business. I have an etsy shop and do craft shows. Do you allow your patterns to be used to make and sell items? I would not sell the pattern just the finished product. I did not see a place to open the FAQ.



  22. I’ve made 2 of these bags and about to make my 3rd one – my girls absolutely love them!! Thank you!!

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