Fun Totes For the Summer!


Whether it’s a day at the beach or taking a trip to the library, it’s always helpful to have fun and colorful totes to hold all your necessary summer paraphernalia.  Below are a couple of examples of things you can do to emebellish the basic placemat tote bag.  

Supplies:

1. Placemats
2. Various ribbons and other decorative
elements you would like to embellish with
3. Placemat Tote Directions – Camp Collections
Book 2 

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 Example 1: Emebellished Classic Pattern


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1. Choose decorations and lay out on placemat for positioning purposes

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2. Once you have chosen where to place things, pin in place, and stitch
*I threw in some yoyos to add character to the bag – see previous blog posting for directions

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4. Now it’s time to attach the handles.  I attaced mine on the outside, but you can also stitch them to the inside

5. To finish the bag jump to step #2 in direction book

Example 2: Beach Tote 


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1. Choose two placemats

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2. Pin the bottoms together and stitch

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3. Cut square pocket (no exact size – it’s up to you), fold edges 5/8″ to ugly side of fabric, pin then stitch.  The embellishment at the top of the pocket is optional.

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4. Place pocket on front side of bag, pin, and stitch around edges.  LEAVE TOP OPEN.

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5. If desired, choose ribbons and ric-rac and such and attach around top rim of bag

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6. Attach handles.  This time I stitched them to the inside (again, you can also stitch them on the outside)

7. To finish beach tote jump to step #2 in direction book

Now these are just a couple examples of the numerous possibilities that exist for embellishing the basic tote bag pattern.  Have fun with it and come up with your own!