Sewing Sunday: DIY Tote Bags

Sewing Sunday: DIY Tote Bags

Ever since I first thought of making these tote bags as Christmas table favours I’ve been dying to blog about them, but I didn’t want to risk spoiling the surprise for my family. Now it’s 2016 I can finally post about these babies!

This Christmas, inspired by my bestie Beth who handmade all of her gifts to people, I decided to make each of my family members a personalised present just for them. Since the government introduced a 5p charge for single use carrier bags, I’ve found that there’s no such thing as having too many reusable shopping bags. Therefore, I thought it would be a nice idea to make everyone roomy, strong, reversible but compact fold-up tote bags.

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Sewing Sunday: Cath Kidston Beach Bag (from The Bag Making Bible)

Sewing Sunday: Cath Kidston Beach Bag (from The Bag Making Bible)

Hello one and all, I’m back with another sewing project!

My parents are the best. Knowing that I don’t really eat chocolate, they decided to get me something much more special as an early Easter present – a sewing machine. Since my mum’s birthday was on April 9th, I decided that I was going to make her a really special present to show my appreciation for the sewing machine.

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School of Junk – ‘Sew Recycled’ Free Sewing Class

Despite the fact I have nearly 200 sewing projects pinned on Pinterest, I am absolutely useless when it comes to needles and thread. I had Textiles Technology lessons in school but, being quite honest, I always considered them to be a tremendous waste of time and I would have much rather spent the time doing homework in the library than pretend to know how to thread a bobbin. Wow, I’ve changed so much since age 13.

┬áPinterest has opened me up to a whole world of crafting, and reading blog posts about making clothes has become somewhat of an addiction – I have no shame in admitting that I have spent over eight hours in the past week reading upcycling tutorials on ReFashionista!

Therefore, I decided it was time I sorted myself out and learnt how to sew. After having a stab at hand sewing a couple of bits, including a homemade ribbon headband using a scrap of tartan ribbon I bought from The Bead Shop in Affleck’s Palace for 10p (score!) and an elastic cage harness-type thing, I wanted to graduate onto more complex projects.

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