How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

In this post, I’ll show you how to make a tote bag using a jelly roll and black bias tape, which gives it a cool stained glass effect. You’ll create the lining while you’re sewing the outside of the bag, so it’s all done at the same time. You’ll use bias tape to join each section together and to line your handles. It’s a very sturdy tote bag! I made it to take with me to the huge outdoor antique show in Brimfield, MA, where I found some cool vintage sewing supplies.

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Materials used:

  • Jelly roll of your choice. I used this one.
  • Approximately 15 yards of 1/2″ double-fold black bias tape. I bought two rolls of 10 yards each.
  • Adjustable bias binding foot. I used the one included in this set.

How to sew your stained glass tote bag

You’ll use all 20 jelly roll strips, so choose 8 to be on the outside of the bag, 8 to be the lining of the bag, and four to be the straps. You’ll sew the outside of the bag and lining together all at once, and the straps will consist of two strips each. I wanted to make a pretty large tote, so I didn’t cut the strips down at all. They’re 44″ total, and you’ll fold the whole piece in half to make your bag. After boxing the corners, the body of your bag will be about 20″ long and about 16″ wide. You can cut the straps down to a length that is comfortable for you.

How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

For the straps and the first section of the bag, baste down one side, just to hold your strips together. You’ll be adding bias tape to each of these, and you don’t want the two strips sliding around while you add the bias tape binding. How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Add bias tape to your first duo of jelly roll strips. The top edges of the bag will be covered in more bias tape, so don’t worry about folding the tape over to hide the raw edges.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

I used an adjustable bias binding foot to make this go a little faster. (Yes, the top edge of the bias tape should be in the top slot of the presser foot. It slipped out and I didn’t notice until after the photo was taken.)How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Once you’ve sewn the first section, sandwich it between the next two strips. Sew your sandwich together with a 1/8″-1/4″ seam.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

To keep all of the layers together, line up the pinked edges of the jelly roll strips with the edge of the bias tape, so you can see a small amount of black showing through. That way, you’ll know you’re sewing through all of the layers, and that nothing has slipped out of place.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Fold out the second layer of your bag and iron it flat.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

It should look like this.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Keep adding each layer in the same way, and add bias tape to each raw edge as you go.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

I added bias tape to the long sides of the bag as well.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Add bias tape to the top edges of the bag.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Turn your bag inside out, fold it in half, and sew up each side using a 1/4″ seam.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Now box the corners of your bag (see So Sew Easy’s awesome video on boxing corners for a more in-depth explanation of how to do this). I measured 2 1/4″ from the seam in the middle of the triangle, and sewed along the outer edge of the first strip of bias tape. Do this on both sides of your bag.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Here’s what it looks like once you’ve boxed your corners.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Now you have these triangles sticking off the end of your bag.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

I hand-sewed the points of each triangle to the bottom of the bag. If you sew them to a strip of bias tape and use black thread, the stitching is barely noticeable from the outside.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Take the four strips you’re using for straps. Cut them to a comfortable length for straps. Double them up, and add bias tape to the short ends.
How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Now add bias tape to the long sides, so that the edges are completely encased in bias tape. You can fold over the ends of the bias tape to keep the raw edges from fraying, or you can use something like fray check to keep them from unraveling.
How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

The body of your bag should still be inside out. Pin your straps to the inside of the bag, staggering the bias tape on the bottom of the strap and the bias tape on the top edge of the bag. You don’t want to sew through too many layers at once.

How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Here’s a close-up to show what I meant about not overlapping the bias tape on the edge of the bag and the edge of the strap.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Sew a long rectangle to hold the strap to the body of the bag. If you sew along the bias tape on the top of the bag, the stitching won’t be very noticeable from the outside.How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

Turn your bag right side out, and you’re done! Enjoy your new stained glass tote bag!
How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag

How to Make a Stained Glass Tote Bag



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