How to Make a Cute DIY Reversible Tote Bag: Easy-Sew Gift Idea

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Don’t you love it when you can flaunt your style in two different ways? Let’s make a cute DIY reversible tote bag so you can choose what pattern you want! Grab your scissors, two favorite printed fabrics, get your sewing machine out, and let me show you how to sew a reversible bag!

Tools and materials:

  • 2 fabric pieces (different prints)
  • Sewing machine
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Iron
  • Fabric clips or pins
Measurements for the DIY reversible tote bag

1. Cut the pattern

Take two of your favorite printed fabric pieces and cut them to size; you’ll need

  • Two large pieces that measure 8 ¾ x 16 ¾ inches each
  • Two small pieces that measure 9 ½ x 5 ¾ inches each. 
Seam allowance on the fabric pieces

How to make a reversible bag

2. Assemble the DIY reversible tote bag

Fold each of the larger fabric pieces lengthwise and mark one of the sides (around 2 inches). Then, go ahead and sew the side seams with a ⅜-inch seam allowance. However, do not sew in between the gap you just marked. 

Reversible bag sewing tutorial

Next, lay the smaller pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Then, sew along the longer side seams with the same ⅜-inch seam allowance. 

Folding in the seam allowance

Fold in the seam allowance and turn the small fabric piece inside out. 

Pressing the fabric with an iron

Press the fabric piece, so it lays flat. 

Topstitching along the edges

Now, topstitch along the edges, as shown. 

How to make a reversible bag with handles

3. Add the handles 

Fold your bag in such a way that the side seams lay on top of each other. 

Opening the seams

Then, open the seams. 

Aligning the handle with the bag

Fold the handle in half, and align its center point to the side seam of the tote bag. 

Pinning the handle to the bag

Pin with fabric clips to secure. Make sure the matching printed sides are facing each other. 

Reversible tote bag tutorial

Switch sides, and fold your bag from the bottom up, then wrap the tote bag’s handle around the bag from underneath. 

Aligning the center points

Before pinning, make sure to align the center points. Now, stitch across the pinned areas. 

Attaching the first bag to the second

4. Add the second tote bag piece

Now, fold the second piece the same way as the first so that the side seams touch. Open the seams, so they lay flat. 

Inserting one tote bag into the other

Next, insert the bag with the handles inside the second piece, as shown. Ensure the side seams are aligned. 

How to make a tote bag reversible

Basically, the handle should be sandwiched in the middle. 

Pinning the bags together

Now, pin the layers all around the upper edge. 

How to sew a reversible bag

Then, sew the layers together with a ⅜-inch seam allowance. 

Turning the fabric right sides out

Turn the fabric inside out through the side gap. 

Closing the open gap

5. Close the gap

Now, carefully fold the fabric inward and hand stitch the gap closed. 

Topstitching the DIY reversible tote bag

6. Topstitch

Now, insert the fabric that had the open gap into the other piece. Then, pin the fabric all around (on the upper edge). 

Two DIY reversible tote bags

How to use the DIY reversible tote bags

DIY reversible tote bag tutorial

Your DIY reversible tote bag is complete! Now you know how to make a reversible bag! I love how these tote bags look, and I also love how easy and beginner-friendly this reversible bag sewing tutorial is. These bags would make for great gifts this holiday season.

Thanks for tuning in! 

Suggested materials:
  • 2 fabric pieces (different prints)
  • Sewing machine
  • Chalk
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  • Reina Mejia Reina Mejia on Nov 15, 2021

    It’s amazing and so easy to understand the instructions and video! I will give it a try, this comes handy with a project I started. I am making totes for my daughters, so they can carry baby clothes. Thanks. God bless all you do!

  • Nanaw Rae Nanaw Rae on Nov 20, 2021

    Super easy to follow instructions! I'll be making these for Christmas gifts!