Embellished Ribbon Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

An everyday canvas tote embellished with ribbon and lace makes a great gift or dolls up a book or beach tote. Other ornamentals such as flowers or buttons can be added for additional charm.

Materials

  • Canvas tote
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Lace
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread
  • Rhinestone button or flowers (optional)

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure width of the tote from edge to edge; add one inch to measurement. Cut one length of each trim (lace and ribbon) from these measurements.

STEP 2

Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of trim to the wrong side. Press.

STEP 3

Position lace 1 inch from top edge of tote, pinning in place to secure.

STEP 4

Position ribbon on top of lace, centering horizontally; pin in place to secure.

STEP 5

Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair machine for fabric to be sewn.

STEP 6

Set machine for straight stitch.

STEP 7

Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of lace.

STEP 8

Carefully stitch along edge on all four sides of velvet ribbon. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. (Note: The more slowly you sew the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.) The presser foot will help guide the fabric evenly while stitching.

STEP 9

Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. )

STEP 10

Remove tote from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 11

For added embellishments, hand-sew rhinestone button or flowers in place.

Tip

  • If trying to choose between two colors of thread, opt for the darker color which will usually blend in better than a lighter color.

by Singer (www.singerco.com)

Burlap-and-Fabric Tote Bag

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Carry your latest craft project or magazine in this handy and stylish tote accented with burlap. Choose from the wide selection of home décor fabrics available at most fabric and craft stores to create a look that’s just right for you!

Materials

  • Fabric: cotton decorator, 54″ wide, 1⁄2 yd.; coordinating-color burlap, 1 yd.
  • Flat buttons, 3⁄4″, 12
  • Piping, 4 yds.
  • Heavy cardboard, 3-3⁄4″x14-3⁄4″

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, needle

Directions

Size

18-1⁄2″x13″

Tote Bag

1. Cut two each of the following rectangles from cotton and burlap: 15″x20″ (bag/lining); 1-3⁄4″x17″ (handle/lining); 1-3⁄4″x5″ (side straps/lining). For pocket, cut one 6-1⁄2″x9-1⁄2″ rectangle from cotton and one from burlap.

2. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew piping around pocket front, 1⁄4″ from edge. Sew pocket front to lining, leaving 3″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Pin assembled pocket to bag front with bottom edge 5-1⁄2″ from bag bottom edge. Machine-stitch on top of piping, along side and bottom pocket edges.

4. Sew piping around two long sides and one short side of burlap strap fronts. Sew strap fronts to linings along piping stitching. Trim corners and turn straps right side out. Baste raw edges of straps to side of bag front (bottom edges of straps should be 3″ from top of bag; see photo).

5. Sew bag front to back along sides and bottom. Line up side and bottom seams at each corner and stitch 4″ straight across fabric, 2″ from corner seam (Figure 1). Trim corner 1⁄4″ from stitching. Sew front and back of bag lining together in same way as outside of bag, leaving 4″ opening in middle of one side.

6. Sew piping around top of bag 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending on one side. Sew outside of bag to lining along piping stitching on top edge, matching side seams. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Hand sew opening closed.

7. Sew piping around burlap handles 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending in a corner. Sew burlap handles to fabric handles along piping stitching, leaving 2″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners. Turn handles right side out. Hand-sew openings closed.

8. Sew two buttons to end of each strap on front of bag. Sew two buttons to end of each handle, attaching them to top of bag front and back. (Note: Bottom edge of handles should be aligned horizontally with bottom edge of straps and vertically with pocket edges.)

9. To make hard bottom for bag, cut two 4-1⁄2″x15-1⁄2″ rectangles from burlap. Sew burlap rectangles together along two long sides and one short side. Trim corners and turn right side out. Insert cardboard rectangle. Turn under raw edges of burlap rectangles 1⁄4″ and hand-sew along edge. Place in bottom of bag.

Tip

  • Personalize your bag by adding an inital to the pocket using embroidered iron-on lettering.

by Mary Ayres

Summer Shopper Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Whether you’re heading to the farmer’s market or perusing your favorite boutiques, don’t forget this stylish, functional tote!

Materials

  • Canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Decorator-weight fabric: large floral, 1/2 yd.; stripe, 1/8 yd.; small floral, 1/8 yd.
  • Dark pink rick rack, 1 yd.
  • Pink assorted buttons, 11
  • Pink embroidery floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and dark pink thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

13-1/2”x15-1/4”

Tote Bag

(Note: Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.)

1. Cut fabrics as follows: 13-1/2”x2” small floral; 13-1/2”x3” stripe; 13-1/2”x6” and two 20”x 2-1/2” large floral; 13-1/2”x17”, 13-1/2”x5-1/2”, and 13-1/2”x12” canvas.

2. Using photo as guide, machine-sew stripe and small floral strips to 6” large floral strip, creating one patchwork piece. Press seams open. Finished patchwork piece will measure 13-1/2”x10”.

3. Pin wrong side of patchwork piece to 12” canvas strip along sides, keeping side and bottom edges even. (Note: Canvas strip will extend 2” beyond patchwork on top of piece.)

4. Machine sew rick rack onto patchwork seams.

5. With right sides together, pin 5-1/2” canvas strip to bottom edge of patchwork piece; machine sew. Press seam downward. Finished tote front will measure 13-1/2”x17”.

6. With right sides facing, place tote front and 13-1/2”x17” canvas backing together. Starting at top, machine-sew around sides and bottom of tote, leaving top open. Clip corners and turn right side out.

7. Press top edge of canvas down 3/4”. Fold down 3/4” again; press and pin in place. Canvas will overlap top striped strip 1/4”. Machine-sew zigzag stitches 3/8” from top edge of bag.

8. For straps, press 20”x2-1/2” floral strips in half with wrong sides together. Press raw edges under 1/4”; press. Press ends of each strap under 1/4”.

9. Machine sew 1/4” from edge of strap. Repeat for remaining strap.

10. Center and pin straps 3” apart to inside of tote. Machine-sew straps to bag with cross stitches.

11. Use three strands of floss to sew buttons to large flower centers.

by Rebekah Meier

Under the Sea Tote Bag

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Fill this adorable tote bag with sunscreen, beach towel, and other essentials, then head for the beach for an afternoon of fun!

Materials

  • Turquoise tote bag, 13-1/2”
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint: Sweet Melon, Tangerine, Hauser Light Green, Buttermilk, Lamp Black
  • Blumenthal Lansing Co. Favorite Findings Shellz Buttons: Green, Turquoise, Pink
  • Clear rhinestones, five

Tools

  • DecoArt Fashion Sequins Writer: Orange Blaze, Lime Fizz
  • Aleene’s Jewel-It

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, chalk, transfer paper, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Use chalk and transfer paper to transfer patterns onto tote bag.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint: fish body Tangerine, fins and tail Sweet Melon, eye Buttermilk. Let dry. Paint pupil Lamp Black. Paint plants Hauser Light Green. Let dry. Dot eye Buttermilk.

STEP 3

Use paint writers to add Orange Blaze accents on fins and tail and Lime Fizz accents on plants. Let dry.

STEP 4

Position buttons and rhinestones on design in desired pattern. Use jewelry glue to adhere buttons and rhinestones on bag. See photo for guide. Let dry.

by Terry Ricioli

Recycled Plastic Bag Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate Earth Day! Instead of throwing out those old plastic grocery bags cluttering up your closet, “go green” and recycle them into a sturdy and handy tote. Mother Earth will appreciate your efforts.

Materials

  • Recycled plastic shopping bags: blue, white, grey

Tools

  • Size Q (or 19) crochet hook

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

To make “yarn”, cut handles from plastic grocery bag. Cut 3”-wide strip from bag. Continue cutting around bag creating one long strip. Repeat process to create multiple plastic strips.

STEP 2

Measure 4” from end on blue strip. Make loop on hook. Chain 16. Single crochet in second chain from hook. Make a single crochet in each of remaining chains (15 single crochets total). At end of plastic strip, overlap 6” at end of first strip with beginning 6” of second strip; crochet two together. At end of row, knot end of first plastic strip with beginning of second strip before chaining one to start next row.

STEP 3

Chain one. Turn crocheted piece. Single crochet in each single crochet already worked.

STEP 4

To change color, cut blue strip 4” from last single crochet. Tie white and blue strips into knot at end of last single crochet.

STEP 5

Repeat process to single crochet two rows with white strips.

STEP 6

Continue chaining one and working single crochets, alternating two rows of blue and two rows of white strips for 34 rows.

STEP 7

To end, cut blue strip 4” from last single crochet. Pull strip through loop on hook.

STEP 8

Fold crocheted rectangle in half so loose ends are at sides. Tuck loose ends inside. Using grey strips, single crochet sides of rectangle together forming rectangle shape.

STEP 9

For handle, attach grey strip to top of rectangle on one side. Chain 30. Attach chain to opposite side of rectangle. Make single crochet in each chain on handle.

Go Green!

  • Many grocery stores and retail shops provide the opportunity to recycle your plastic bags! Make the effort to bring a bunch back each time you go to the store. This helps keep bags out of landfills and cuts down on the energy used to make new bags!

by Mary Ayres