How to Make an Apple-Print Tote Bag

comments (24) August 21st, 2016     

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My apple tote accompanied me on a recent shopping trip to Dumbo and the Brooklyn Flea!
Look for nicely shaped apples that you think will make good prints.
Dab, dont paint, the ink onto the apples so you cant see any brushstrokes.
My apple tote accompanied me on a recent shopping trip to Dumbo and the Brooklyn Flea!

My apple tote accompanied me on a recent shopping trip to Dumbo and the Brooklyn Flea!

Photo: Kayte Terry
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How to make the straps:

1. Use your seam ripper to take the canvas straps off the tote.

2. Measure your straps and multiply the width by two plus 1 inch. Add 2 inches to the length. Cut two pieces of cotton fabric to those measurements.

  Lay out your fabric wrong side up and the strap on top.

3. With the fabric strip wrong side up, press one long edge over 1/2 inch to the wrong side. Place the canvas strip on the fabric, with one long edge inside the pressed edge of the fabric strip. Center the canvas strap from top to bottom. Fold the other long edge of the strip over the canvas strap to encase it, then press. Turn the long raw edge under, pin, and press.

4. Topstitch both fabric straps using your sewing machine.

  Insert the end of the strap into the spot where it was before you seam-ripped it out.

5. Insert the end of the fabric strap into the spot where you took the strap out in step 1.

  Pin the strap in place before you start to sew.

 

6. Pin the strap flat against the bag.

  If you don't want to see the sewn square, use thread to match the tote. I like to see the stitching, so I chose a green.

7. On the front of the bag, sew a 1-inch square to secure the strap, then sew an X through the center of the square.

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Comments (24)

artfactoryjaipur writes: Thank You so much for sharing great ideas. All the information provided by you is really informative and helpful. Great work, keeps us updated with your informative and creative ideas.
Posted: 2:30 am on May 16th
elliotnash writes: Nice way of using apples to paint :D Anyway, this bag looks really good, I'll definitely show it to my girlfriend, she's keen on handmade stuff as well.

I want to ask if you can recommend a specific brand of fabric ink. There's so many brands out there, I just don't know what to choose.
Posted: 2:40 am on August 20th
itsajoy writes:

toooo cute!!!
love it!
Posted: 7:04 pm on July 9th
GlassPeace writes: Oh my gosh I love it!
Posted: 1:28 am on April 30th
patricetaylor88 writes: This would be a great project to do with Liberty, my 8 year old niece.
Posted: 12:49 pm on March 25th
patricetaylor88 writes: This would be a great project to do with Liberty, my 8 year old niece.
Posted: 12:49 pm on March 25th
isnessofwhatis writes: this is AWESOME! I'm putting this on my must do list.
Posted: 12:56 am on July 16th
Menna writes: Super fun
Posted: 6:57 pm on May 19th
un_vagalume writes: I couldn't wait to do one on my own :P So beautiful idea!
Posted: 6:34 pm on April 15th
meganc writes: So cute. I want to do this with my daughters. It won't come out as neat and tidy, but they'll love doing it. Kayte, your tutorials are always fantastic.
Posted: 9:58 am on April 11th
scrappytime writes: This is such a great project! Fun and functional!
Posted: 6:32 pm on April 9th
sarahbcraw writes: This is so fun!
Posted: 1:33 pm on April 7th
erika_kern writes: So much fun! I love how it just screams spring. Oh, and you're completely making me miss Brooklyn. Brooklyn!
Posted: 11:18 pm on April 3rd
csheffield writes: Definitely can't wait to try this!
Posted: 7:19 pm on April 3rd
croqzine writes: Best use of apple prints ever! Love the addition of the applique leaves. Genius!
Posted: 5:52 pm on April 3rd
codyscreations writes: That is too cute!
Posted: 11:59 am on April 3rd
ien writes: cute!!!
Posted: 12:58 am on April 3rd
ien writes: cute!!!
Posted: 12:58 am on April 3rd
hemidemisemiquaver writes: Very, very cool! I was just in DUMBO the other day!
Posted: 2:51 pm on April 2nd
PetitGateau writes: Once again, you've come up with something I have to go home and make right away! : )
Posted: 2:19 pm on April 2nd
susanstars writes: oh, I love it!!
Posted: 1:34 pm on April 2nd
kaytet writes: thanks ladies!
Posted: 1:09 pm on April 2nd
LindaPermann writes: adorable!
Posted: 12:24 pm on April 2nd
Jen_W writes: This is absolutely fantastic!
Posted: 12:23 pm on April 2nd
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