Creating an Envelope Bottom Tote Bag

envelope bottom bag

envelope bottom bagAn envelope bottom bag creates a clean finished look and a nice square bottom. This is the technique we used on our Market Place Bag.

Envelope Bottom Tutorial

1. Start with two rectangles

envelope bottomThese will determine the size of your bag.  I’m doing a quick example here, so I’m making just a small bag.

2. Sew the bottom of the rectangles right side together.

Envelope BottomI ironed it all nice and flat.

3. Fold your rectangles right side together. Pull the bottom seam 2″ up.

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4. Bring down your second side so your top edges meet. Now you have a four layer sandwich.

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5. Sew up both side seams. Now everything is contained in the seam.

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6. Flip you bag right side out.

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  • Pam October 6, 2012, 5:58 am

    A neat way to square the bottom of a bag!

  • Donna Wilkes October 6, 2012, 10:16 pm

    This is something that always confuses me – thanks for the clear instructions. Now if I could only find my sewing machine!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 21, 2012, 7:40 am

      No problem! It real does work smooth!

  • Mackenzie October 8, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell! I hope you’ll be back this week with more!

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 21, 2012, 7:41 am

      Thank you we will!

  • Jess @ Spool and Spoon October 14, 2012, 9:35 pm

    This is a fantastic tutorial. I love making bags and this is one of my favorite methods for a classic tote. Also — thanks for stopping by my blog!

    xx Jess
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    • onceuponasewingmachine October 14, 2012, 9:40 pm

      Thank you. It is our current favorite for sure!

  • Katherine October 6, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Thank you! I purchased this bag and I love it! I was looking up how to recreate this bag pattern and this post is exactly what I was hoping to find! Simple yet beautiful!

  • Joan Kelly August 22, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I’m making 65 of these for my high school reunion with the school emblem screen printed on one side. It is even easier, if you start with a long rectangle, rather than sewing the two squares together. Just put a pencil dot on each side edge to mark the half-way point, instead of the extra seam. It is faster, easier, and less bulky too. Make your lining the same way, then sew them right sides together at the top, including the strap in the top seam, and leaving an opening to turn it right side out. Happy sewing!

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