Wednesday, December 5, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 8

Day 8:  For Anyone Really

These easy tote bags can be made for anyone really by varying the type of fabric used.  I've even made small kid-sized bags in the past for little ones.

For this one, I'm using a thrifted pillow cover (99 cents) but you can use a wide variety of different types of fabrics:  sheets, pillowcases, tableclothes, quilting fabric, decorator fabric, or, in other words, pretty much anything you can get your hands on that has a design that you like.

You will also need lining fabric and fabric for the straps (all stuff I pulled out that I already had).

Cut (2) pieces from outer fabric 16" X 17",  (2) pieces from lining fabric 16" X 17", and (2 )pieces from handle fabric 6" X 20"

Pin outer fabrics, right sides together, and stitch around 3 sides, leaving the top opening of the bag open.
Do the same for the lining fabric.  
Turn lining fabric right side out, leave outer fabric with wrong side out.

Make 2 straps using the same strap method as here, only you don't need to finish any of the short edges.

Insert lining into outer piece of bag, and start pinning raw edges together.  Insert handles and pin in place, one on each side of bag, being careful not to twist them between the layers.

Use a 1/2 inch stitch and sew around the top edge, leaving a large opening between 2 straps for turning.

Turn everything right side out through the opening that you left.  Now you can stuff the lining down into the bag.  Iron the top edge so you have a nice, neat edge.  Pin opening closed.  Top stitch around the top edge.

Total spent: $1.00

Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00


  1. This is SO adorable!

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  2. You are amazing! I think I already told you on a previous post, but you are doing a great job with all these ideas.