Stripes + Color Tote

Stripe + Color Tote 17c
What do you say we start this week off with a tutorial for us hot mess mamas? Fabric Paper Glue is filled with DIY accessories for you like this Art-Inspired Chevron Tote Bag Tutorial and Pink + Wood Bib Necklace Tutorial. These Flourished Chalk Cloth Coasters Tutorial would make a great gift for a fellow mama you know. Today though, it’s all about this cute Stripes + Color Tote. It’s one of the prettiest totes I’ve seen all summer and is surprisingly easy to do.

Let’s get to it…

Try This - Stripe + Neon Tote
Try This: Stripes + Color Tote Bag

I’m in love with this project. It looks really advanced, but the sewing itself is absolutely basic. It does apply some techniques like rivets and grommets that I hadn’t actually used before this project, and I can assure you that you shouldn’t be intimidated by them. In fact, they were so easy that my head is sort of twirling with ideas of other projects on which I can put these bad boys to use.

Before you get started, I would also note that you don’t have to use a striped fabric like this one, but using a big bold black and white pattern will give the colored details a special little pop that makes the bag unique.

Stripe + Color Tote 01
4 – Large Grommets (and installation tools)*
8 – Small Rivets (and installation tools)*
Hole Punch
4 – 18″ Leather Laces
2 – 18″ x 1/2″ Leather Straps**
2 – Jewelry Jump Ring (or other small metal rings)
Sewing Machine
2 – 16″ x 17.5″ cuts of a heavy canvas-like Bold Striped Fabric (with the stripes running parallel to the shorter side)
2 – 16″ x 17.5″ cuts of a Bright Solid Fabric for the lining
1 – 13″ x 9.5″ cut of the the Bright Solid Fabric
3 – 4″ x 12″ cuts of Super Heavy Interfacing
2 – 2.5″ x 10″ cuts of Super Heavy Interfacing

*Most grommets come with the installation tools you’ll need for them (except for a hammer). For the rivets, you can buy a starter kit (like this one) that includes a variety of rivet sizes and the tools you’ll need to set them (again, except for a hammer).

**Unfortunately, I don’t have a home run source for brightly colored leather strapping. I ordered mine from Etsy seller all 4 handmade, but I wish they’d offered the bright colors in wider straps.

Stripe + Color Tote 02a
Stripe + Color Tote 02b

Directions: Center, pin, and stitch each of the 2.5″ x 10″ cuts of heavy interfacing to the top, back edge of each of the cuts of striped fabric.

Stripe + Color Tote 03a
Stripe + Color Tote 03b

Pin the two cuts of striped fabric together with the right sides facing one another. The top edge with the heavy interfacing will be the bag’s opening. Sew around each of the bag’s other three edges.

Stripe + Color Tote 04a
Stripe + Color Tote 04b

Box the corners to give the bag some shape by forming a triangle at the corner edge such that the bottom and side seams are touching. Mark a line perpendicular to the seams about 3″ from the corner. Stitch on this line and trim the excess fabric.

Stripe + Color Tote 05

With the exception of the first step involving the heavy interfacing, repeat these steps with the lining fabric, but leave a hole about 3″ wide in the bottom seam to pull the bag right-side-out once you’ve stitched everything together.

Stripe + Color Tote 06a
Stripe + Color Tote 06b
Stripe + Color Tote 06c
Stripe + Color Tote 06d

Place the lining inside of the outer bag. The right sides of both components should be facing one another. Pin and double stitch them together around the top.

Stripe + Color Tote 07

Pull everything through the hole you left in the lining.

Stripe + Color Tote 08a
Stripe + Color Tote 08b

To give the bottom stability, create a panel to attach to the bag’s lining. To do this, take the 13″ x 9.5″ cut of lining fabric and fold it into thirds such that it ends up being 4″ wide like the remaining heavy interface pieces and the fabric overlap is centered (see photos). Stitch along the two outside edges.

Stripe + Color Tote 09

Turn the piece right side out, and slip in the remaining 4″ x 12″ interface pieces.

Stripe + Color Tote 10a
Stripe + Color Tote 10b
Stripe + Color Tote 10c

Take the edges of the opening of this bottom piece and pin them to the bottom seam of the bag’s lining. Stitch together. I did this step by hand, but feel free to do it on the machine if you can maneuver it.

Stripe + Color Tote 11

Now tuck the lining in the bag, and press with an iron.

Stripe + Color Tote 12a
Stripe + Color Tote 12b
Stripe + Color Tote 12c

On one side of the bag, position one of the grommets about an 1.5″ from the top and side. Trace the inside of the grommet onto the bag and cut out. Install the grommet according to the directions on the packaging. You’re doing this just for a single side. Do not combine the two sides of the purse with the grommet. Like I said, this was the first time I’ve worked with grommets, and at first, I thought I was doing it wrong because it didn’t seem to be working. Just know that it took about 50 good whacks of the hammer for each grommet.

Stripe + Color Tote 13

Repeat in the the other corner and on each corner on the opposite side.

Stripe + Color Tote 14

On each end of the 1/2″ wide leather straps, punch two holes just big enough for the rivet to slip through. The bottom hole on each end should be about a 1/2″ from the edge with the next one about 1″ from the edge.

Stripe + Color Tote 14a
Stripe + Color Tote 14b
Stripe + Color Tote 14c

On each side of the bag, position the strap ends about 3″ from the bag’s center point, and place a mark where the holes in your strap ends are. You should be able to use your same hole punch to punch these holes in the fabric. The rivets that you use should only be about as long as the thickness of the fabric + straps together. Install the rivets according to the directions with your installation kit. I also watched this video, which I found really helpful. These are super easy to install and only take about 2 to 3 whacks of the hammer.

Stripe + Color Tote 15

Repeat the strap/rivet installation process on the other side of the bag.

Stripe + Color Tote 16a
Stripe + Color Tote 16b
Stripe + Color Tote 16c

On each side of the bag, thread 2 of the leather laces through the grommets you installed earlier. Join them together using a small metal jewelry jump ring. Separate the ring with a set of pliers, place it around the two laces, and squeeze it tight around the leather. Repeat on the other side.

Now, your bag is complete!

Stripe + Color Tote 17a
Stripe + Color Tote 17b
Stripe + Color Tote 17d



Cathey Atchison

Its getting closer to summer and I’m really wanting to make this bag. Can you provide the source or name of the black and white fabric you used please? thank you! love your blog!


No matter if some one searches for his vital thing, thus he/she
desires to be available that in detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.

Free tote pattern - color tote with stripes

[…] Who wouldn’t like this adorable tote, especially on a bright, sunny day? I know I’m totally smitten with this tote, I’d wear it anytime, anywhere. It looks advanced but truth is, the pattern is very simple and the result is quite spectacular. Get the free tote pattern at Pretty Prudent. […]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *