Tote It Denim Tote sewing craft

Tote It Denim Tote

This tote sewing craft is the most usable piece of art you'll ever create. You can even personalize this art craft for yourself or a friend.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 yard of bright-colored denim fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron-on fabric adhesive
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fabric scraps
  • Fabric paint
How to Make Tote It Denim Tote:

Step 1: Cut a 14x9-inch piece of denim fabric for the bag and a 3x15-inch piece for the handle. (To make a book bag, cut a 22x12-inch piece for the bag and a 24x3-inch piece for an over-the-shoulder handle.)

Step 2: Hem one 14-inch side on the larger piece of fabric. Fold the fabric in half with the seam of the hemmed edge facing out. Sew the two sides of the fabric together, running a stitch along the bottom and up the side of the folded fabric. Turn the bag inside out.

Fold the fabric in half with the hem facing out.

Step 3: To make the tote bag handle, fold the 3x15-inch piece of fabric in thirds. Sew along the length of the fabric to stitch it together. Sew each end of the handle to the inside of the bag. Sew several stitches to secure the handle.

Step 4: Decorate your bag with fabric. Iron the fabric adhesive to the back of some fabric scraps. Cut out shapes or a design from the fabric.

Step 5: Remove the paper backing from the adhesive. Place a fabric shape on the tote bag, and iron it in place.

Step 6: Continue decorating the tote bag with the remaining fabric shapes. Use fabric paint to outline the shapes or to add more shapes. Let the paint dry.

Sew tubes and let your imagination do the rest in the next craft.

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