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Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag

Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag

August 3, 2012 /

reversible jumbo tote pattern

With the global warming getting worse 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 Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag 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, but 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 “face bag”, on the 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!!!!

jumbo tote pattern

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 offers 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

[Find your nearest Ikea store, here.]

Ikea Fabric Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag


Reversible Jumbo Tote Bag

To make: 2

Sewing Pattern: Download pdf sewing pattern here.

1. Fabric – Ikea GULLVI, wide 1.5m / 60″, cut length 1 meter or 40″
2. Fabric – Ikea TRÅDKLÖVER, wide 1.5m / 60″, cut length 1 meter or 40″
3. Cotton cord, 16″ x 2
4. End bead, 15mm x 2

1. Sewing machine
2. Sewing kits
3. Fabric chalk
4. Long ruler or quilter’s ruler
5. Scissors
6. Tube turner

Finished Dimension:
22 1/2″ (W) x 17″ (H) x 6 1/4″ (D) without handle


jumbo tote materialsIkea’s Upholstery fabric, GULLVI (top) and TRÅDKLÖVER (bottom). This fabrics are 60″ wide selvage to selvage, cut 1 meter or 40″ length for each fabric.


jumbo tote patternDownload the pdf pattern and print it out if you wish.
{If you can’t download the pdf pattern, probably you don’t have acrobat reader, download the latest version for free here.}
Follow the cutting format from the pattern to get the sewing pieces. I drew mine directly on the wrong side of the fabric.
As you can see, the pattern utilized almost the whole piece of 1-meter fabric, not much scrap left after the cutting.
You can make 2 reversible jumbo totes from the fabrics above.


sew reversible jumbo tote 2Take half of the sewing pieces to make a tote.
1 & 2, the body – 45 3/4″ x 18 3/4″, 2 pcs.
3 & 4, the base, 17″ x 7″, 2 pcs.
5, short handle, 1 3/4″ x 12 3/4″, 4 pcs.
6, Long handle, 1 3/4″ x 27 3/4″, 4 pcs.


sew side seamFold the tote body with right side facing each other, align the side seam and sew with 3/8″ seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance to one side and topstitch 1/8″ from the seam line.
Repeat the same to another tote body.


sew reversible jumbo tote 5Mark the base position on the bottom seam allowance of the tote body, snip 1/4″ out of the total seam allowance of 3/8″. This little snips will make the corners a nice right-angle turn.


sew reversible jumbo tote 6Pin the base to the bottom of the tote body, sew on the long seams on both sides.


sew reversible jumbo tote 7Pin and sew the short sides to complete the base.


sew reversible jumbo tote 81. Clip the corners diagonally.
2. Fold the seam allowances at the right angle at the corner (on the base side), pin securely from the right side. Repeat at all 4 corners.
3. Turn and stitch the base. Check the folding when you are about to reach the corner to make sure the seam allowances still folded neatly.
4. The view on the base after completing the topstitching. This will make the tote more endurable for heavy items.


sew reversible jumbo tote 9Repeat the sewing processes on the other fabric.
Set aside.


sew reversible jumbo tote 3Place the pairing handle pieces right side together and sew the long seams with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn, press and topstitch 1/8″ from the edge.
Repeat the process to make 2 short and 2 long handles.
Prepare the cord by inserting it through the end bead then tie a dot at the end. Lightly burn the raw ends to stop the raveling if needed.


sew reversible jumbo tote 10Mark the handle positions at 7 1/2″ apart at the center of the tote. The cotton cord is at the center.
Stitch them in place at the seam allowance, repeat the same to the other side. Do this on 1 tote body.
Note that the top seam allowance of the bag is 1 3/8″. This thick seam allowance will help to make the top edge of the tote firmer.


sew reversible jumbo tote 11Insert the tote’s body into another tote body, with right side facing each other.


sew reversible jumbo tote 12Align, pin and sew the top seam line, leaving a 5″ opening for turning right side out.


sew reversible jumbo tote 13Turn the tote right side out from the opening.


sew reversible jumbo tote 22Press the seam and topstitch, 1/8″, 1 1/8″ & 1 3/8″ from the edge to complete the reversible jumbo tote bag.
You can choose to use either side depending on the mood of the day.


ikea fabric reversible jumbo tote bagWhat’s your choice? The Modern Chic “Face Bag”?


ikea fabric reversible jumbo tote bagOr………. the black & white Blowing Globules?


How to fold the Jumbo Tote Bag


ikea fabric reversible jumbo tote bagPlace the bag flat on the floor or table.
Put the long handles on the bag.


ikea fabric reversible jumbo tote bagFold both sides to the center.


sew reversible jumbo tote 18Roll the bag from bottom to top.


sew reversible jumbo tote 19Cross the cotton cords on the top with 1 cord to the back and 1 cord to the front.


sew reversible jumbo tote 20Make a tie on the cotton cords, that’s it!
Put it in your handbag or car’s drawer, it will be handy when you need to do shopping.


reversible jumbo tote bagHope you like it!!!


Ikea fabric reversible jumbo tote bag


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