I walked into Michaels Craft Store recently and they had these adorable, although plain, straw bags for just a few dollars. I saw all kinds of possibilities so I immediately scooped one up and today I want to share How to Make an Easy DIY Summer Tote! It also reminds me of a cute Paris Market Bag!!
Here you can see the plain basket/bag on the left and this fabric that I've had for ages, just waiting for the “right” project! I found this fabric at Joann Fabric and Craft store a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I don't have a name for it and the side of the fabric doesn't list the name either…
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Supplies to Make an Easy DIY Summer Tote
- Straw Basket/Bag
- 1/4 yard of Fabric of choice
- Sewing Machine or Needle + Thread (to hem fabric) or No-Sew Hem Tape
- Dual Temp Glue Gun
- Embellishment (if desired)
How to Make an Easy DIY Summer Tote
[dropcaps]1[/dropcaps] Determine the Amount of Fabric You Need
Decide how much fabric you want to show and how much of the straw you want to show.
On my bag: the finished “height” of my fabric band on my bag is 6 1/2″. I cut my fabric to 7 1/2″ to allow for a 1/2″ hem on the top and bottom of the fabric band.
Once you know the “height” of your fabric band, measure the circumference of your bag to determine how wide your piece needs to be. The width of my band is 40″.
[dropcaps]2[/dropcaps] Hem Your Fabric
Next, you want to hem your fabric. I used my sewing machine and it took me about 2 minutes – so this is a super easy step.
If you don't have a sewing machine you could use a needle and thread or a no-sew hem tape like this one!
Hemmed and ready to go!
[dropcaps]3[/dropcaps] Pin Your Fabric
Wrap the fabric around your bag and use pins to hold it in place.
My bag is wider at the top so I had to decide how I wanted to account for that difference between the top and bottom.
I decided to create a “gusset” type of design on the side. Please, don't let this worry you! It's very easy as you can see in the photo above. Simply overlap the bottom fabric over each other on each side and put a pin in it.
Since you are only using pins at this point it's so easy to adjust this over and over until you have it just right! So take your time with this.
[dropcaps]4[/dropcaps] Glue Fabric Onto Bag
Now it's time to pull out every crafter's best friend, the glue gun! I have had many glue guns over the years and I now use this one and it really is my favorite. I like that it allows for either hi or low temp settings.
I used the high temp setting to attach the fabric to the bag. It worked wonderfully!
I simply ran the glue gun around the top and bottom edge of the fabric and the bag. I encourage you to be generous with the amount of glue. You really want this to hold.
Remove the pins once your bag is glued.
[dropcaps]5[/dropcaps] Add Sweet Details
I could have easily left the gussets plain but well, you know me, I love to make things a little bit extra special!
I dug around in my craft stash and found some ribbon and sparkly buttons that I had gotten in the jewelry section of Michaels Craft Store a while back.
For the ribbon “bow” cut a piece of ribbon to the length you need – mine was about 12″ long. Simply criss-cross it on the bag and use glue to attach it. You don't need to “tie a knot” – the glue will secure it for you.
You might want to use the “low” temp setting here, I forgot to switch mine and gave myself a nasty burn! Ouch!!
Add a pretty button, brooch, silk flower or another embellishment to “finish” this detail. Use the glue gun to attach it.
And that's all it takes for How to Make an Easy DIY Summer Tote!
Ta-Da! And there you have a sweet and summery DIY Beach bag!
I love how it came together! I even carried it to church this past Sunday!
I'm a sucker for sweet florals like this. It's vintage and cottage-y. So charming!
I used two leftover scraps to “pad” the handles – Just hot glue this on – super simple! And it adds a nice extra detail.
Now I'm ready to go to the beach, lake, park or anywhere the summer may take me!
I've even filled it with a few of my favorite things! My magazine (of course!) and this book which, loving all things British as I do, I think is completely charming!
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I hope you'll give this a try!