1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote

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You’ll love this super easy tutorial for a 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag!1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial  | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

I think one of the things that fascinates me about O at almost 5, is how much he thrives on routine. I know they say that about all kids but I would imagine it varies depending on their personalities. And O really likes routine. For example, when we go to the library we always put our books in the same specific “library book bag” which, when not in use, hangs on the back of his bedroom door. And heaven help you if you try to put something else in the library book bag or return your books another way. Because that is just not right! (I totally get it because I’m the same way.) But luckily he also handles more large scale changes pretty well, it’s an interesting mix of me and my husband. A one-time misuse of the library book bag is a big deal, but if we sit down and talk about how we’re going to use a different bag for books from now on, as long as we stick with that, he’s totally and completely fine.

And that is, in fact, what we did recently, because the old library book bag was a random reusable bag from a certain clothing store that had their logo ALL over it. And I am soooo not a logo person. I really hated carrying around that bag. I know that’s silly. But it was just ugly. I’m not going to throw the bag out or anything, just use it for something else, like carrying sand toys to the beach or something else where I don’t have to see it constantly. So a new tote bag was in order. Enter the IKEA tea towel! I decided to whip up a bag and make it as simple as I could to share with you. It’s not quite as easy as my 3 Seam Drawstring Bag but it’s close! And by using tea towels there’s very little cutting, very few seams, and the inside looks nice without lining! It’s the best! Here’s how I did it:

1 Hour Tea Towel Tote

2 Tea Towels (these would be cute!)

Sewing machine and matching thread

1. I bought these tea towels from IKEA:1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!Who else loves the names of things at IKEA?! Are they nonsense words? Do they mean something in Swedish? Who knows? All I know is they are impossible to remember! But these Beskuren towels are super cute.

2. Cut the tags off your towels if they have them. (Why are IKEA tags soooo huge?!)1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!3. Lay the towel you will use for the body of the bag out flat. Then fold it in half the short way. My towel was 28″ x 20″ so when I folded it, it became 14″ x 20″.1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!4. I cut off about 3 inches from the bottom of my bag because I didn’t want it to be quite so tall and skinny. This step is optional and depends on your preferences and the size of your tea towels.1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

5. Then, using one of the other coordinating towels, I cut a 7″ strip off one side (so the strip was 7″ x 28″). I laid it in on top of the main fabric both right sides DOWN and pinned it in place. This will be the outer pockets. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

6. Sew 3 short vertical lines as shown to divide the pockets. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

7. Now fold the bag in half again, right sides together (the pocket will be inside). Pin. Then sew as shown, you do not need to sew along the folded edge. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

8. I usually sew a double line of stitching along the bottom edge of a bag like this to make it stronger. This is especially helpful if it might hold something heavy like books. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

9. Then clip the bottom corners being careful not to cut your stitching. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

10. Turn your bag right side out and press! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!11. To make the straps, cut two 3″ strips from the second tea towel (finished strips are 3″ x 28″).1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

12. Using a hot iron, fold each long side of the straps in 1/4 inch and press.  Then fold the entire strap in half again (the long way) and pin. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

13. Topstitch the length of each strap along both edges. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial  | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

14. Place the first strap on the outside of the bag where you want it and pin in place. Then stitch it to the bag around the edges and with an X to secure. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 15. Repeat with the other strap. 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

Iron your tote again and you’re done! A cute little Tea Towel Tote in under an hour! And because you used all the finished edges, it was so easy!1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour! 1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!1 Hr. Tea Towel Tote Bag Tutorial  | littleredwindow.com | Awesome tutorial to make a simple tote bag from tea towels in under and hour!

 

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