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Fold Over Tote Bag

Date Posted:1 February 2023 

Create a fold over tote bag for yourself or someone else. This bag is great for carrying your belongings and is also perfect for school books, library books and the like. 

This project tutorial uses sewing, embroidery and other techniques and is ideal for those at an intermediate to advanced level. The bag has many elements to it such as leather trims, mock welt pocket, etc. You can choose to create it with or without these elements. 

Materials needed:

Tote bag:

  • 1m of fabric (We used the same fabric for inner & outer bag, pocket, handles then added embellishments)
  • 1 x Kimberbell Faux Leather Navy
  • 1m of 640 Pellon or Interfacing
  • Frixion Marker or Chalk Pencil
  • Rasant thread
  • Aussie Flora Designs (or an embroidery design of your choice)
  • Cutaway stabilizer (4" bigger than largest hoop)
  • Echidna Clips
  • Echidna Sewing Scissors
  • 1 x Magnetic Closure (available from your local craft or hardware store)
  • 2 x Stainless Steel Key Rings (available from your local hardware store)

Embroidery embellishment on tote bag (optional)

  • Bobbin thread
  • Softlight Mercerised Cotton (to achieve matte finish)
  • Cutaway stabilizer


Click here to download the instructions to complete the tote bag (PDF) →


These tote bags can also be donated to charity. If you want to contribute to a great cause, the charities listed below accept handmade tote bags. Just send your creations in to the mailing address provided. 

Are you a charity that would accept this item? Contact us to have your details added here.


Share The Dignity
PO Box 345
Sandgate QLD 4017


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Echidna project material/ fabric requirements are an indication only and can seem to be generous. This has been intentional. Should you make a cutting or embroidery mistake you will have sufficient fabric to rectify your error.

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