How to Transform a Tired Tote with Patchworkcomments (5) January 28th, 2009
If you have a stack of free tote bags you never use, try refashioning them with some simple patchwork. It's a great way to cover up stains, logos/wording you don't want to be seen with, and to add a little pop to your sustainable grocery bag. The way I see it, the more you like your tote, the more likely you are to remember to bring it with you whenever you go to the grocery store. And remember—you can use a tote bag instead of plastic at ANY store, not just the farmer's market.
- An 8-inch x 13-inch tote bag to embellish (I used a tote I "ruined" with a badly transferred iron-on)
- Several scraps of fabric, each 8 inches wide with varying lengths (2 inches, 3 inches, 5 inches etc.)
- Jean pocket (optional—I used this to add an inside pocket to the tote)
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and thread
Start by sewing a denim pocket to the inside of your bag. Just clip the pocket from an old pair of jeans and then trim the denim as close to the outer and inner edge as possible—that way, you can save the frustration of seam ripping.
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