Monday, May 7, 2012

Upcycled Ruffle Tote...

I love taking something old and making it new and cute!

My Farmer got this bag at a conference.  He said I could have it!

It's large and roomy with long handles.  

Perfect for a Church bag! 

Now to Upcycle  it.  

I found the cute gray and yellow fabric on clearance!

Whoo Hoo!

I love a good sale!

The solid yellow was from my stash.

And I picked up some black ribbon to coordinate.

I cut out 6 inch wide strips and 2 for each ruffle.  

Then I did a fast gather on the top. It was so fun, fast and easy. 

I also hemmed the bottom of the ruffle.  

And drew lines on my bag so that my ruffles would be straight. 

Then I sewed the ribbon on the long handles.  

I lucked out...the ribbon was the perfect width! 

Then I sewed the ribbon on the top of the first ruffle to hide the gathers.  

Next I took the solid yellow and made a really big fabric flower.  


This would be a super cute Mother's Day or Teacher Gift!

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  1. How cute, love the ruffles! You now have a beautiful tote! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. What a great idea--and the colors are beautiful!! I am a new follower, I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime:)


  3. This bag is so stinkin' cute! I found your linky on Craft O Maniac's linky party, and I must say that I am SO VERY IMPRESSED! I'm trying to learn to sew (my sweet Granny has taken on the challenge of teaching me:).... Would love to have you share with my readers at my linky party (this & any other post you would like to link)! Have a blessed week!
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  4. Love the ruffles! Nice choice to pretty up that plain is so cute!

  5. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love that you just used a plain bag to make this, I've been wanting to do this too. So cute, I love the fabrics you used to! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Okay I love this idea!! I have so many of those bags I get rid of them...such a genius idea I will definitely be doing it too! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. That is so cute! What a great idea!

  8. That is so smart. And cute! I would love to try this!