Small canvas tote bag: the perfect summer companion

small canvas tote bag

This is an easy tutorial and pattern for a small canvas tote bag.  You can also use upholstery fabric as well.  It's a request from a few readers who make items to sell at markets, but I think anyone who loves to sew bags will love this one too.

This small canvas tote bag is the perfect companion for the coming warmer weather and the right accessory to keep up with the current trend which is for small bags, crossbody wallets, and small backpacks.  I made this bag so it would be small to carry with the option of having it cross over the body.  There's enough room for a pair of sunglasses, phone, keys, money, and a few business cards.  You can make it with very little fabric, so it becomes the perfect project to use your fabric scraps.


  • 1/2 yard of canvas, upholstery fabric, duck cotton, linen duck, cork fabric, neoprene, vinyl, or leather
  • If your machine can take thick fabric, it's possible to self line this bag, if not use calico or quilting fabric with a light interfacing.
  • Thread to match
  • 24″ cotton tape 1/2″ wide, nylon ribbon or decorative tape
  • 30″ cotton tape, cotton twill tape or light webbing 1 1/2″ wide
  • circular or square bag handles or of course you can use  12″ bag handles

Check the FREE Pattern and Tutorial HERE

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[…] Another bag that you'll surely love is this Small Canvas Tote Bag. Check the tutorial HERE. […]

Jo bautista
Jo bautista

Can anyone tell how to download the tutorial for thic awesome?having a hard time finding it, thanks

Reply to  Jo bautista

Hi Jo, the tutorial and pattern download are here: