Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag

Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag using Ikea Upholstery Fabrics

Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag using Ikea Upholstery Fabrics

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With the global warming getting worst nowadays, major departmental and grocery stores responded to the government’s campaign on “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle”, they no longer giving out free grocery bags for the purchase. We either have to bring our own bag or donate a small charge to get the plastic grocery bag. A jumbo size tote is indeed one of the bags I need to bring along when I do shopping.

This jumbo reversible tote bag not only has 2 different designs for you to choose from, it also has 2 sets of handles, long handles for shoulder and short handles for hand. Now, you can choose how you want to style the bag, a black & white or a colorful “facebag”, on shoulder or on hand. When not in use, you may roll it up and keep inside your handbag or any convenient place for you to grab and go….. go shopping!!!!

This August is Ikea’s textile month. There are many great ways to restyle your home with the range of fabulous textiles available at Ikea. Love it, I always love Ikea’s fabrics!

Oh, by the way….. I forgot to mention that from now till 26 August, IKEA Damansara is having 15% off on all sewing services with the purchase of IKEA fabric! Check out your local Ikea store to see what other offer they have from time to time. I will be renovating my new condominium soon, I am planning for a few trips down to Ikea to get some furniture, more fabrics and decors too. How I wish that I stay next to Ikea… lol

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Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag

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  1. I love this! especially since it folds up! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  3. nice! ^^

  4. Love these fabrics!! TFS
    Have a great day!
    Liz

  5. You are such an inspiration Joanne! I love your blog and crafts so much! Thank you so much for sharing. <3 <3 <3 I really like the fabric on this tote bag. I might just have to make a few of these. :)

  6. Will be make 2! Thanks and tutorial… :)

  7. Wowowowow!!! I like the design.. <3

  8. may I also order this for bring to work?

  9. Joanne, You got another version of this bag suitable for bring it to work? I love this fabric and think to make 1 more suitable for office use.

    • I am thinking to design one but not too soon, probably after I finished 3 quilted blankets in my list first. Ohhh…. I wish I can work faster, the list is over taking my working pace.

  10. Hi Joanne,
    I’m half way with this bag. Would like to know will it be ok if I use light or medium fusible interface on 1 of the pieces so that it look sturdier?
    Thanks for the tutorial again.

    • Hi Amelia, if you are using thicker fabric like the one I am using, Upholstery grade, then no interfacing required, it is very sturdy.
      But, if you are using normal fabric, then I would recommend medium interfacing on 1 side.

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  11. Thanks again joanne

  12. I love this! I want to star looking for fabric to make one! Thank you!

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  14. I have just completed 2 bags using Tidny (£7/m) and Fredrika (£4/m). All in all they two bags took me 12 hours to make.

    The Fredirika is not as heavy a fabric as the Tidny but I think they work well together. The only problem I had was turning out the handles. I had to use a knitting needle to do this and a lot of tugging and teasing. If anyone has any tips on how to make this task easier please let me know. I think that if both the fabrics I’d used were thicker this task would have been impossible.

    However, I’m very pleased with them. I’m thinking of adapting the style, though, to have a smaller bag without a separate base. I think this will mean they are quicker to make and will suit some of my ‘smaller, older relatives.

    I’m planning on making more as Christmas presents.

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  16. I will make lots of these for my girlfriends this xmas. Nice one Joanne!

  17. I’ve had this tutorial bookmarked forever and finally the mountain of plastic/paper bags under my sink has put a fire under me to make a few of these!

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  20. Hi Joanne,

    Is this bag for sale? I would like to get one for grocery use.

    thank you for sharing!

  21. coool work.. ….really inspiring teens

  22. really love this one :)

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