Pleated Tote Tutorial

Should I call this a Make it Monday post? Anyone who has read this blog for a long time might remember that I posted tutorials regularly on Mondays. How did I have time to do that? Anyway, here’s the tutorial for the simple pleated tote that I posted about a couple of weeks ago. Just click on the .pdf file below to print the instructions.

Note that the instructions guide you to sew two rows of topstitching on the bag, which I did the first time around, but not on the bags pictured here. So I’ll leave the topstitching decision up to you. Also, the instructions don’t include any pockets or snaps, but feel free to add whatever you’d like. Here I made the bags with my Stamped collection in the pastel on charcoal cheater print and the purple ginkgo leaves. See my previous post for fabric availability.

74 comments to Pleated Tote Tutorial

  • Thank you so much for sharing! I just found your tutorial on Pinterest!

  • Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I think it is a great pattern, so have linked to it on my blog –

  • Thanks for the great pattern! I am working on making it now!! Loving it :)

  • Fantastic ideas!!! Tks

  • Susan

    I just made this bag last night, it was a great pattern. I love how it turned out. Thank you!

  • Carole B

    I love this look! I’m hoping I can find some of your fabric, which I just discovered. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jean

    I Love this bag, I`m going to make it. please add me to your web site . I would love to get mail back from you, Thanks

  • Thanks so much! The instructions are very good and clear. I’m not an experienced sewist, but it was quite easy to follow and I’m pleased with the result
    Here is my tote. Thanks again

  • Julie

    This is just what I was looking for! I found a junior sized tunic in a lovely houndstooth print that I wanted to upcycle into a tote. Can’t wait to get started.

  • cindy

    Thank you so very much for the pattern. you are the best. I will be making this as soon as I get home from camping. love this bag.

  • Thank u so much for sharing I can’t wait to try this!

  • Sandi

    I can’t wait to make this!, thank you for the pattern.

  • This bag is wonderful! I made one this weekend and am starting another one next week. I posted a pic on my blog and a link back to your awesome tutorial. Thank you for sharing! Here’s the linkā€¦

  • Martha

    I love this bag! The instructions are very clear and it turns out perfect. I have made 7 so far–adding and changing to make them unique. I’ve been asked if I sell them and couldn’t find anywhere that said not to. Still, I would like to know if that is ok?

  • Abby

    I love this bag. I made myself one and everyone loved it so I made them for my mum and sister earlier this year. When it came time to make a secret Santa gift for my embroidery group I knew your bag would be great. I did a black work design on the band (to acomadate the rule that you must incorporate one of our workshops in the Santa gift) and was so happy with the way it turned out.
    As the youngest in our group including very accomplished fibre artists and embroiderers who have mostly been doing needle work longer than I’ve been alive or even twice as long, it was so nice to have them fawn over my bag. They all asked for the pattern so I dutifully forwarded your blog post to them and we may even make your bag at one of our workshops next year.
    Thank you for making me look good.

  • I’ve already made this once and am making another one. THANK YOU for this. It’s fantastic.

  • kathy

    what are the finished dimensions of this tote? Thanks!

  • Joanna

    This is a fabulous bag and an easy pattern to follow. I have made one. I will defintiely be making more.
    Is there an embargo in selling these? If you were credited, would that be okay?
    Thank you,

  • Lucinda

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m anxious to give it a whirl!

  • Linda Froggie

    What a cute bag! I am addicted to making bags.

  • Theresa

    Thank you, it turned out beautifully :)

  • Teya

    I love the bags and the fabrics! So pretty! I’m dying to make one…except I can’t for the life of me figure out how to sew the strap on. It’s not the tutorial, it’s me! I’m not a very experienced crafter and English is not my first language. I know I should be able to figure this out, but I can’t!

    Would someone please please be so kind as to explain Step 8 to me like I was a dummy – because I am.

    Again, the tutorial is great. I’m the problem here :)

  • Shubha

    Great tutorial….Can we add zip and pockets …?

  • Lisa

    Thanks for the tutorial! Just finished my bag yesterday. It turned out simply lovely! I added two pockets, one with zipper to the lining.

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