The Fold-Up Tote

SS55 fold up tote bag sewing pattern

Swap plastic bags for this clever tote bag sewing pattern – it folds away and zips for easy carrying. Happy shopping!

We might already have a collection of canvas tote bags – but none of them are like this one! Our latest issue’s Fold-Up Tote has a clever zip-up design: just fold it, zip it up, and pop it in your handbag ready to head to the shops with.



This project will give your skills a boost, too: you’ll learn how to add sturdy straps, a lining and that nifty zip fastening, plus a mini zip pocket perfect for stashing your shopping list. Pick a durable fabric like denim or canvas for a hard-wearing tote (all the better for filling up with fabrics!).

Don’t forget to share your finished Tote Bag with us tagged #simplysewingmag!

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The Fold-up Tote Bag sewing pattern

Get this eco-friendly bag pattern with issue 55 of Simply Sewing magazine.

You will need:

  • Outer fabric: 60x115cm (24x45in)
  • Lining fabric: 60x115cm (24x45in)
  • Firm interfacing: 28x46cm (11x18in)
  • Iron-on wadding: 28x46cm (11x18in)
  • Zip: 56cm (22in)
  • Zip: 8cm (3in)
  • Matching thread

We’ve used:

The iron-on wadding we’ve used is Vlieseline H630. The firm interfacing used is Vlieseline Decovil I Light. We recommend using a heavy-duty zip for the long outer zip as it will be in frequent use and will need to be able to withstand strain.Skills:

Skills boost:

  • Learn bag-making!
  • Insert a zip
  • Make and attach straps

Buy it now


Simply Sewing issue 55 is available both in-store and online.

Order your copy today in our online store.