DIY Tote Bag (take 2)

When I was in the craft shop looking for a plain tote to use for my moustache tote bag and discovered that they were only £1, I ended up buying several.  This one has been my sitting-in-front-of-the-television-on-a-rainy-day project, but as I’ve had so much else going on, it’s taken several months to complete.  This is also why there isn’t a picture for every step (sorry!).  I’m so pleased with the final result though.  Here’s how you can make your own:

What you need:

  • A plain tote bag
  • Sheets of felt in different colours
  • Several colours of embroidery thread and a needle
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A scrap of paper and pen
  • Cellotape
  • Black puff paint

How-to:

1.  Iron the bag to get rid of any wrinkles.

2.  Draw your design onto the scrap of paper and cut it out.

3.  Place the template onto the felt and tape around the edges (this makes it easier to cut the felt).  Repeat a bunch of times.  The template will probably grow with the amount of tape used on it, so you may need to cut it back to the original size once or twice.

4.  Thread the needle and sew wings onto the birds (I’m no expert at sewing, I just went over the same spot until the lines looked thick enough.

5.  Using the puff paint, dot eyes onto each of the birds (you could probably sew on a single black bead instead to create the same effect).

6.  Decide on layout and arrange the birds on the bag.

7.  Place a dab of glue into the middle of each of the birds (don’t spread it out to the edges or you will never be able to get the needle through to sew on the outline and attach them to the bag.

8.  Secure birds properly by sewing around the edges.

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