DIY Totes, Part 1

Way back in October 2012 I made several totes for gift bags for Alan and Lauri’s out-of-town wedding guests. I used a tutorial from the Purl Bee website.  They have numerous easy and fun sewing, crocheting, and knitting instructions.

DIY Totes, Part 1
Here’s Andrew with one of those totes. I understand that they are the perfect size for a six-pack.

Jessica and Andrew asked for 50 totes for their guests for their recent April wedding.  Zowie!  And I managed to make 44 before my machine had a stress attack and had to go to the clinic.  Fortunately I had my old sewing machine tucked away and it came to the rescue for the next 4 bags–didn’t quite make it to the 50 mark.

I decided to use denim for the totes.  I thought it fit in with the bluegrass, blueberries, and blue gingham theme.  Plus I had stacks of old denim that I’d been saving from jeans that have seen better days or just gone of style (You’re not going to catch me in high-waisted mom jeans).  I knew that I would still need to get more denim but I waited for it to go on sale at www.fabric.com and then for it to arrive.

Meanwhile, I made 29 unique bags and came up with a better method to make them.

Here’s a few of the totes:

DIY Totes, Part 1
I made several out of old jeans.
DIY Totes, Part 1
I thought heart appliques were appropriate!
DIY Totes, Part 1
I also made many with different types of pockets.
DIY Totes, Part 1
And yo-yos are always fun.

When I finished bag 29, I started to panic–running out of time.  No more special bags with embellishments or different handles.  This is what the next 19 bags looked like!

DIY Totes, Part 1I’ll post the new instructions for my simple totes tomorrow.  Come back and check it out!

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