How to Make an Apple-Print Tote Bagcomments (22) August 21st, 2012
I don't know about you, but I am much more likely to remember to bring reusable totes to the grocery store when said totes are cute and fashionable. This tote bag is printed with real apples and embellished with a little bit of appliqué and bright fabric handles. Hang your new tote right by the front door, and I guarantee you will never ask for paper or plastic at the store again!
What you'll need:
- Two or three apples with stems
- Sharp knife
- Plain canvas tote bag
- Fabric ink
- Sponge or spongebrush
- Press cloth and iron
- 1/4 yard cotton fabric
- Small scrap of a contrasting cotton fabric
- Small piece of fusible webbing
- Fabric and paper scissors
- Sewing machine and thread
- Seam ripper
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How to print the tote:
1. Cut an apple in half with a sharp knife. You will use the side with the stem attached.
2. Insert a piece of cardboard into the tote bag so that the ink doesn't bleed through.
3. Brush the apple half with ink (don't forget the stem!), and firmly press the apple onto the bag as desired. Continue to make your pattern. If you want to change colors, you will need to use another apple.
4. When the ink is dry, place a press cloth over the bag and press to heat-set.
How to appliqué the tote:
1. Chose some scraps of cotton fabric. Draw simple leaf shapes on one side of the paper-backed fusible webbing. Cut out the shapes roughly with paper scissors. I made four leaves.
2. Peel one side of the paper off the fusible webbing. Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron the webbing to the wrong side of your scrap fabric.
3. Peel off the other paper on the fusible webbing, and iron to the bag as desired. I just added a few leaves scattered around the tote.
4. Sew around the perimeter of the leaves using a sewing machine. Add some sewn details to the leaves if desired.
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.
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.
5. Insert the end of the fabric strap into the spot where you took the strap out in step 1.
6. Pin the strap flat against the bag.
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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