pojagi small tote bag tutorial

Small Tote Bag

Next week is Christmas, so this is the last project in the 2018 Pojagi Christmas Countdown! Even thought it’s hand sewing, it only takes a couple of hours to do, so you still have time if you want to make one.

pojagi small tote tutorial

To make the small tote bag, you need a piece of lining fabric 6″ x 14″, two each of two different colours 3″ x 4″ (I used red and green), one each of two different colours 2-1/2″ x 6″ (I used gold and grey), and two pieces 1″ x 10″.

All dimensions given are finished sizes and don’t include seam allowances. Mark and cut out in the lined pojagi method.

Assemble the tote

pojagi small tote tutorial

Join two of the 3″ x 4″ pieces with one of the 2-1/2″ x 6″ pieces as shown in the picture. All seams are made with the traditional lined pojagi seam.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Make two of these. Be sure to switch the colours of the 3″ x 4″ pieces so they are different on the second one.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Flip one over and join together.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Join the final side so that it becomes a tube.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Take the tube and align it so that the two original pieces you made are folded in half. You should be able to see all four colours on each side.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Match the centre seams, and sew the bottom seam of the tote bag. Set this aside for now.

Make the lining

Pojagi small tote tutorial

Fold the lining piece in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew the side seams. This can be done either by machine or hand. Set this aside.

Make the handles

pojagi small tote tutorial

Fold the 1″ x 10″ pieces in half width wise and fold the seam allowances to the insides. Pin to hold in place.

pojagi flat tote tutorial

Sew along the side with a lined pojagi seam.

pojagi flat tote tutorial

Repeat for the other pieces.

Put the pieces together

pojagi small tote tutorial

Pin in place at the top of the tote, being careful not to twist the handle. Baste in place in the seam allowance.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Place the lining into the bag, wrong sides together, fold in the top seam allowances and pin in place.

pojagi small tote tutorial

Sew the top edge with the traditional pojagi seam. When you get to the handles, you will just have to stitch on the lining side.

Pojagi small tote tutorial

It’s done! This bag is just the right size for a small book or embroidery project. Use it as a special gift bag.

Even if you don’t get it done for Christmas, it’s great for any time of year.

Don’t forget to check out my other small pojagi projects.

Scroll to Top