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Let's Sew a Tote (and Produce Bag)
1 Lesson

Lesson 1: Ollie Grocery Set

Personalize your shopping experience with the Ollie grocery set! This lesson covers everything you need to sew up both the tote and the drawstring bag. Need to reference just one section of the instructions? Click on the timestamps below!

Fabric and Supplies

Tote sewing instruction

  • Sew side and bottom edges (01:04)

  • Sew boxed corners (01:46)

  • Hem tote opening (02:25)

  • Assemble straps (02:51)

  • Attach straps (03:40)

Drawstring bag sewing instruction

  • Assemble bag body (04:51)

  • Hem bag opening (06:11)

  • Insert drawstring (06:36)


Haley walks you through each step without her voice! All instructions can be found on screen. Have a question? Hop on over to the Community!

Let's Sew a Tote (and Produce Bag)

Here’s what you’ll need for this class:

Ollie Pattern


  • Tote: medium to heavyweight woven fabric such as canvas, denim, twill, or duck cloth.

  • Drawstring Bags: Athletic mesh or lightweight woven fabric such as quilting cotton, broadcloth, chambray, and lawn.

Supplies and Notions:

  • Ollie pattern

  • All-purpose polyester sewing thread

  • 2 yards of 1/4” (1.8 meters) cording (per drawstring bag)

  • Small safety pin

  • Optional: two cord stops (one per drawstring bag)

  • Optional: Topstitching needle and thread (tote bag only)

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