Category Archives: TUTORIAL


Sewing Tutorial: Simple Tote Bag |

I love simple tote bags. I use a leather variation of this everyday and I was inspired to make this canvas one for Spring when I found some great trim at my local closeout fabric store Jomar. This is a great beginner project with a little flair.

Trim |

Here are the materials that you will need:

How to Sew a Tote Bag |

  1. 1 piece of 34” x 15” cotton canvas fabric folded in half
  2. 2 pieces of 1-2 inch wide of trim
  3. 2 pockets cut out of your canvas fabric. I uploaded a pattern for you here.
  4. Straight Pins
  5. Fabric scissors
  6. Iron
  7. Sewing machine with matching thread

Here is the 3 minute video on how to make the tote:

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Tutorial: How to Make a Sewing Pattern


Hi friends! As you can see from my last post that I have been making a lot of my own clothes. I have been teaching myself to make my own patterns from clothing that I already have. I haven’t had much luck finding sewing patterns that I like. I am drawn to really simple clothing with clean lines made of nice fabrics. It amazes me that it is so hard to find basic sewing patterns that meet my needs.

I should also mention that I have no formal training in sewing or pattern drafting, I learned everything that I know from my Mom who learned everything that she know from a 7th grade home ec class. So what I’m sharing is a simple system that I have figured out that works for me. Through this video tutorial you will see how easy it can be to draft a sewing pattern from an article of clothing that you already own. You can use this pattern over and over again to create new garments.

I will be making a follow up video that shows you how to sew a garment from the pattern that you created and I hope to have that up next week.

Please let me know if there are questions that you have, and any feedback of ways that I can be improving the information that I am sharing. And if you end up using this tutorial please share it with me! You can tag @wemadeithome on instagram, e-mail me at