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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DIY Ikea Bag No Pattern Needed

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

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This tutorial was inspired by another wonderful blogger. This bag is so “Easy” to make and you can make it in 1 hour or less.  This bag can be used for so many things. Laundry, beach, travel and more.

For this project you will need:

(*This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you make a purchase using the links.)

1 3/8 yard of (oil cloth, laminated cotton and/or light-medium weight vinyl )
Coordinating Thread
3 Yards of Nylon or Cotton Webbing

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To make this bag visit Sewchet’s blog, which also has other great tutorials. A big thank you to the blog Sewchet for such a great tutorial.

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

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Easy Faux Leather Bottom Tote Tutorial

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!

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You can never have enough bags, so why not add another one to your collection. Let’s jump right into this tutorial.

Materials

1/2 Yard of a woven, canvas, duck canvas or a home decor fabric ( I used a striped woven fabric)

1/2 yard of faux leather, vinyl etc

Directions

Start by cutting your woven fabric.  Fold fabric in half (lengthwise) right sides facing (wrong side facing you) cut 1 piece that is 13.5″ W x 16″ L

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Next from the woven fabric cut 2 strips that are 4.5″ W x 27″ L

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Faux Leather cut 1 piece 5″ W x 16″L

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Take your faux leather and lay it right side up.

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Lay your woven fabric on top right side down (wrong side facing you) and clip to hold into place. (No pinning into faux leather) Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish seam as desired (pinking shears, zig-zag stitch or serger.)

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Next take a large piece of scrap cotton fabric and lay it over your faux leather and press the seam. Then top stitch across the seam to keep it in place and give it a nice professional finish.

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All pressed and top stitched.

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Now fold your bag in half clip in place.

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Now sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance and finish seam as desired.
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To create a boxed bottom for the tote the corners need to be squared off. Grab one of the bottom corners and pull and flatten it creating a point. Feel with your fingers to make sure the bottom and side seams are matched up.

Measure about 1″ down from the point creating a triangle that is about 2″ across the bottom and mark with a fabric marker.

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Sew across your marking’s and finish seam.

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Let’s work on the top of the bag. Fold over the top edge of the bag 1/2″ and then 1″ and press in to place. Sew around the top, close to edge. Now give the bag a good press. Making sure to use a cotton fabric over your faux leather.

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It’s time to work on the straps. Fold the fabric in half right sides facing. Press and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance and finish seam as desired.

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Now turn your straps right side out and and press. Turn your ends under 1/2 ” and press like so.
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Let’s attach the strap’s to the bag. Measure over 1 1/2″ from side and down 1 1/2″. Pin in place sew using the box with an X inside.

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* This part is totally optional. It does give your bag more structure. Again, it’s optional.

Cut a piece of cardboard that is 2″ W x 16″ L.

Then fold your left over woven fabric in half lengthwise (right sides facing) cut a strip that is 4.5″ W x 18″ L.

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Next fold over width wise, press and sew each side of the strip with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Next insert cardboard

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Fold in open edge 1/2″ and sew closed.

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Give it a good press and it is ready to insert into the bottom of your bag.

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If you’re looking for a way to keep your new DIY Tote or handbag’s organized check out this easy tutorial here.

A big thank you to Courtneybre’s fabulous blog. She featured the fabulous Paris themed button down in a blog post which….. I just had to have. Check out how she styled it here.

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable :mrgreen: