Monday, November 21, 2011

Tea Tote Bag

I'm featuring another $2 tote bag make-over. I found this teapot/teacup material at a thrift store quite a while back, and paid something like $1 for a yard of it.
As you can see I added a small panel to the front of the bag using the teacup material and then added a shabby ruffle to the top of the bag.
I used this fast and easy idea for gathering my ruffle - I doubt I'll ever use the old way again!
For this little "tag" I cut one of the teacups out, added some batting behind it, and used the zig-zag stitch to adhere it to a white piece of material.  After finishing I cut the whole thing out and tied it on the handle with a ribbon.

I also made a liner for the tote using the tea-cup material.  You can see I made a few pockets and used  a magnetic snap for the closure.

NOTE: These pre-made tote bags aren't the easiest to sew things onto the front or near the bottom - don't try this on a day you're lacking patience! (smile)


Comeca Jones said...

Its so sweet what a great quick project and gift!You should share this over@Just A Girl's small gift linky party here:

Unknown said...

You did it again! Another fabulous tote! You're going to have Christmas done in no time!!

Aimee @

Angela said...

I SERIOUSLY love your style!!! Wishing you were my neighbor so we could craft together :)

And again, you really should consider opening up shop!

Christa said...

I adore that teacup print!! I really love your idea for cutting out a motif and using it as a tag, too. Great job!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi, Love the tote. You did a great job! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment about my laundry room. I am now following you.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

You're getting really clever with your bags. I pinned the ruffle tutorial. This one is lovely.
~ Abby