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August 2012

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    Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial

    DIY tea towel tote bag

    DIY tea towel tote bag
    photos: tote bags made with the tea towels from The Curiosity Shoppe at Target collection

    It is a fast and easy sewing project that you can do for yourself or make a provision for your hostess or housewarming gift stash. You can use a brand new tea towel or go with a vintage tea towel that you like. The Curiosity Shoppe owners Lauren Smith & Derek Fagerstrom created this craft using the tea towels from their Shops at Target collection. Their repetitive pattern works well as a tote bag.

    How to Make your own Tea Towel Tote Bag

    Materials:

    • 1 tea towel
    • 1.5 yards of 1” cotton webbing
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Thread
    • Sewing machine

    Instructions:

    tea towel tote bag tutorial

    1. Fold tea towel in half, right sides together
    2. Using a half-inch seam allowance, stitch up the sides of the towel, back-stitching at the beginning and end of each seam. Turn bag right side out.
    3. Cut the webbing in half to make the 2 straps.
    4. Pin the ends of each strap 1” down from the top of the bag and 3” in from sides, making sure they’re not twisted.
    5. Attach the ends of each strap by stitching a square around the edges of the 1” tail of webbing, removing the pins as you go.

    You are done! I fold my textile tote bag and carry it in my handbag. I bought mine on Etsy. I might start to make my own tote bag.

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