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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Upcycled Tote Bag: Part 1

tote bag from cargo pants (13.1)
Remember last week when I mentioned I was making a tutorial regarding the bag I have listed in my Etsy shop? Here is part 1! I split the tutorial into two parts because I took so many pictures. I didn’t want them to overwhelm anyone.

upcycled little boys' tote bag (2)
Fabric & Dimensions
-Two 13” x 11” of exterior fabric cut from pair of cargo pants sized 3T or larger. (Cut them off at the hip and then cut the inseam open.)
-Two 13” x 11” lining and two interfacing pieces of the same dimensions. I used fusible d├ęcor-weight interfacing.
-Two 7”x8” pieces for the pockets.
-I used four pieces of 11” x 5” for the handles. You might want them longer. You will not want them shorter.
To make the handles:
upcycled little boys' tote bag (3)Sew two of the four strap pieces right sides together. Press open. Topstitch both edges of the seam down.
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Fold the whole strap in half. Press.
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Open it back up.
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Fold one side in to meet the line you pressed into the middle of the strap. Press.
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Repeat with the remaining side. Press.
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Now fold the entire thing in half along the middle line and press.
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Topstitch along both sides of the strap, about 1/4” from the side.
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To make the pocket, place both pocket pieces with right sides together and stitch around the perimeter. Leave an opening for turning, as shown.
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Trim corners, turn right sides out and press.
Place pocket on one side of the lining with the opening you left for turning facing down.
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Stitch the pocket into place, using a longer straight stitch and stitching about 1/4” from the edge.
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Stay tuned for part 2 of this tutorial! It will appear tomorrow.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the Tute (part 1) the bag looks rad! :)

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  2. This is amazing! I am so in awe of your creativity! My hubby has some pants that are getting holes ... who knows? :)

    Thanks for linking up at the Happy Hello this week!

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  3. This looks awesome! Love that you upcycled it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  4. I love your up-recycled tote bag, it is super cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Smiles, Paula

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