DIY Nautical Inspired Tote With Repurposed Leather Straps

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

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I am particularly excited about this post because I was able to repurpose an item to make this tote. Which cut down on the time it took to make this project. I admit it I’m an impatient sewer who loves to sew. Let’s dive into this project.

To make this tote you will need:

1/2 yd – 1 yd of outer fabric ( depends on the width of your fabric choice)

1/2 yd – 1 yd of lining fabric ( depending on width of your fabric choice)

1 leather belt as long as you can find ( I found mine at a local thrift shop for $1.50)

* For fabric choices I would recommend duct canvas, canvas, woven cotton for outer and the lining can be any of the previous mentioned or a nice quilter’s cotton

Method:

Cut your lining on the fold (18″ L X 17″ W)

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Cut your outer piece on the fold (20″ L 17″ W)

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With right sides together sew down each side of your lining fabric using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Next trim the seam and finish as desired ( i.e. overlock, pinking shears or zig-zag stitch )

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Repeat the same steps from above on your outer fabric piece.

Next we are going to box out the bottom (* this step is optional)

Angle out the bottom edges of your lining.  Measure up 2″ from the pointed end and make a mark across ( use pins to secure into place. )  Sew across the marked area and finish seam as desired using any of the finishing methods mentioned above. Repeat these steps with your outer fabric.

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Press all seams so that everything is nice and professionally finished.

Turn your outer and lining fabric right side out.  Place the lining inside the outer making sure to align at side seams.

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Fold the outer fabric top edge over 1/4″ and press.  Fold it over again 1 1/2″ press and pin to secure everything into place. This method will enclose the raw edges of outer and lining fabric. Sew around close to the edge and give your stitching a good press.

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It’s time for the final step. Attaching the leather straps aka leather belt. Cut off the buckle and then cut the other end of the belt to square it off.  Next fold the belt in half and cut.

Measure 5″ from each side seam and place your straps at this point (use clips to hold everything in place.) Your strap should not go below the seam line at the top of the bag.

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Sew the straps on using the box with X  technique.

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Your tote is all done and ready to use. I have a surprise for you…..your tote is reversible. Two bag’s in one!!!!!
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To help keep your tote organized check out this tutorial here and if you want to make another tote bag check out this tutorial here.

I really enjoy hearing from you and would love to know how have you repurposed an item(s) into your sewing project(s)???

Thank you so much for stopping by, it’s truly appreciated!!!

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

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Madewell Inspired Shirt Dress Refashion In 6 Easy Steps

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

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A week ago I saw this simple and cute shirt dress on Madewell’s website. I instantly thought of doing a DIY version of the shirt dress. My goal with this tutorial is to make it really simple, so that even beginner sewers can make it. Let’s get started…..

Supplies:

2 button down shirt that are 1- 2 sizes larger than what you wear. Both shirts need to be the same size. I went 1 size larger as I did want to have to deal with a lot of fitting issues. *Be sure to get shirts that are made of high-quality cotton. ( I purchased both of my shirts from the Thrift Store in the men’s section for $4.00 each.)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Pins
Marking tool

Method:

1. Using a seam ripper remove the pocket from the white shirt. Then give that area of the shirt a good pressing.

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2. Now it’s time to measure and cut
For the white shirt, you are going to measure 1 1/2″ above the last button. Draw a line across the shirt at your measurement and cut. (Make sure your shirt is buttoned before measuring and cutting.)

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3. With the blue shirt (make sure the shirt is buttoned as well) measure down 1/4″ below pocket. Mark your measurement across the shirt and cut. (If you desire more length remove the pocket off the blue shirt, press the area and cut right under the arm’s all the way across.)

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4. Unbutton both shirts pin them right side’s together at the raw edge and sew with a 5/8″ seam allowance. ( If you need more length use a 1/2″ seam allowance.) Trim and finish seam with picking shears, serger or zig-zag stitch.

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5. Try your shirt on and decide how long you would like your sleeves to be. Mark the area with a pin. Now lay the sleeves out flat. Add 1″ to the pinned area. Mark your measurement and cut. Repeat to the other sleeve. Next press your raw sleeve edge under 1/2″ and then again 1/2″. Pin to secure and sew close to the edge. Repeat with other sleeve.

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6. Give your seams and shirt dress a good press and you’re done.

I hope you enjoyed this refashion tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Dress ~ DIY
Clutch ~DIY ( here)
Shoes ~ Steve Madden

The Madewell dress goes for $110.00 and my refashion cost a total of $8.00. I am very pleased with how this refashion turned out and the fact that it was very simple to achieve.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺