How to Make a Fun and Easy Cotton Tote

Hello everyone!! Can you believe we are halfway through the year? I have to say it’s been the longest 6 months ever. During the stay at home order, what new hobbies did you learn? If sewing was that hobby, welcome to the club.

Today, I’m sharing a beginner tutorial on how to make a fun and easy cotton tote using Snow Sweet Collection by J. Wecker Frisch.

Take a look at my Snow Sweet Cotton Tote:

Snow Sweet tote

This tote is so darn cute. The pairing of both fabric just fits.

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Snow Sweet was created by J. Weaker Frisch. This collection contains 32 different pattern prints.

fabric collection


It’s time to create!


1/2 yard of Snow Sweet Paper Snowflake Blue
1/2 yard of Snow Sweet Candy Making Text White.
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Dritz Curtain Grommets
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Point turner
Wonder Kits
Fabric Marker
Chicago Screws
Chicago Screw Plyers

Instructions on how to create a Snow Sweet Cotton Tote:

Cutting fabric:

Cut two pieces of the outer material 18 inches x 16 inches.

Cut two pieces of the lining fabric 18 inches x 16 inches.

Cut two pieces of the fusible fleece interfacing.

Cut two leather straps to 28 inches.

Making the bag:

Iron two fusible fleece to the lining fabric.

Snow Sweet

With right sides together, line the lining and the outer fabric together and pin.

Sew around the entire bag leaving a 3″ to 4″ opening.  Cut corners to reduce bulk.

Snow Sweet

Turn and puck out the corner. Sew the opening with a 1/8 inch stitch.

Repeat for the bag front panel.

Once both pieces are turned, it is time to put the bag together.

Right sides together line up the two pieces matching all four corners -clip.

Sew 1/4 inch seam line on all 3 sides.

Snow Sweet

Turn the bag inside out.

Adding the leather handle:

Measure down 2 inches from the top and over 3 inches from the side seam and mark the fabric.

Snow Sweet


Sweet Snow


Sweet Snow

Use the Dritz circle template to draw the circle on the front and back of the bag where the chalk marks are.

Snow Sweet

Use a pair of scissors to cut the circle out.

Place the grommet in place and press down until you hear a snap.

Snow Sweet

Snow Sweet

To attach the leather steps, use a leather hole punch and punch where you want the screws to go.

Snow Sweet

Add the screw and tighten it.

Place the Chicago screw tool over screw and close. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw.

Chicago Screw Tool

Repeat for the remaining 3 handles.

Quick and easy, right?!

Snow Sweet

Snow Sweet

Snow Sweet

Snow Sweet

What do you think? Would you create this easy cotton tote bag? I would love to see it.

Supplies Used:


Bernina 570QE

fabric collection

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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