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Terrific Totes

For this project I took some plain jute totes and turned
them into bags to brag about! They are quick, easy and fun to make.  I have shown you four samples complete with
instructions. **Remember if you can’t find jute totes just about any plain tote
bag will work. ** These make great gifts-or keep one to tote around your
current craft project! (I use one to hold my knitting.)

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Natural Bag With Ribbon And Red Buttons

Ribbon - bag

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Materials:

  • ribbons-red velvet ric rac (wr14) and antique gold velvet
    corduroy (357-34-32) brown/light brown/ cream solid plaid (xr32)
  • jute bag with wooden handles
  • vintage red buttons
  • needle and thread
  • fabri-tac glue

Instructions:

  • Glue
    ribbons on the base of bag w/ fabri-tac glue. (both sides of the bag)
  • Sew
    large button on w/ ribbon.  Sew rest
    with thread. (both sides of the bag)
  • Tightly
    wind ribbon (xr32) around top of wooden handles of bag.  Seal with glue.  Let the bag dry overnight and then it is
    ready to use!

Ribbon - bags

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Pink Button Purse

Ribbon - bag

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Materials:

  • ribbon – xe17
  • pink jute bag with wooden handles
  • pink, rose and coral buttons
  • needle and thread
  • fabri-tac glue

Instructions:

  • Remove
    wooden handles.  Wrap ribbon tightly
    around handles gluing the wood as you wrap. ( let dry.)
  • Sew
    buttons all around the top edge of the bag.
  • Replace
    wooden handles and enjoy!

Ribbon - bags

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Brown Ribbon Handled Button Bag

Ribbon - bags

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Materials:

  • ribbons: brown/light brown/ cream solid plaid (xr32) brown
    solid satin center band (xy33)
  • brown jute bag with handles removed (save for another
    project)
  • brown yarn
  • brown buttons
  • sewing machine

Instructions:

  • Draw a
    looping line all over front of bag.
  • Embroider
    over pattern with yarn.
  • Add
    buttons in clumps on the front of the bag.
  • Layer
    ribbons right sides facing out, and sew along both long edges.
  • Thread
    the ribbon through top of bag and machine stitch short edges of the ribbon
    together to make a large handle.
    Repeat for other side.

Ribbon - bags

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Ribbon - bags

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Citron Bag

Ribbon - bags

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Materials:

  • ribbons: olive/sage chenille dots (wpp16) burgundy satin
    center band (337-25) olive solid satin center band(xy08)
  • jute bag handles removed
  • yarn
  • pink buttons
  • fabri-tac glue

Instructions:

  • Draw a
    looping line all over front of bag.
  • Embroider
    over pattern with yarn.
  • Add
    buttons in clumps on the front of the bag.
  • Put
    ribbon through front loops (where handles were) and tie in front.  (glue ribbon in place)
  • Layer
    ribbons right sides facing out, glue together w/ fabritac.
  • Glue
    one short edge of the ribbon to the inside front right side of the bag.
  • Glue
    other short edge of the ribbon to the inside of the back left side of the
    bag.
  • Let dry overnight!

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Blog Posted By: Leah Farrar-White

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  1. rubab ali

    INSHALLAH i’ll definatly try to make pink bag….which i like best

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  2. rubab ali

    looking sooooooo nice n cute……….

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  3. doria

    +absolutely fantastic bags! thanks for inspiration! greetings from Poland

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  4. IndyCinD

    I’m a bag horder and sometimes it’s easy to hang them on a hook in the closet and forget about them. I’ll have to dig one out of my closet and play with it today! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Reply
  5. Laurie

    Leah!! these are sooo stinkin cute!!! Going on my never ending list of things to things to make!! Thanks for such cool out of the box ideas!!

    Reply

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