Upcycled Crochet Tote Bag Tutorial
Believe it or not, this summer beach tote you can see on the pictures used to be a tablecloth. It was 1,5 long x 2 m wide and my mom used it for a long time to cover the table on our balcony during summer.
Until one day, she did not. So I took it for use in my refashion projects. At first I thought of making a crochet top but after so many laundries the piece changed color and became a bit stiff. My second thought was a beach crochet bag, and I have to say I love the result of this.
I’ll be waiting for that summer beach day to wear this bag and enjoy the sun & waves.
For the tutorial you’ll need:
• Cotton crochet tablecloth ( 40 cm x 80 cm )
• Lightweight cotton fabric ( 35 cm x 70 cm )
• Cotton thread to match your fabric
• Sewing machine
Before you start, wash and iron the crochet panel and the cotton fabric. The crochet panel I used was 84 cm long and 43 cm wide. But a 80 cm x 40 cm panel is enough to make the tote.
*To create this type of tote you can also use square panels of crochets.
the crochet panel on the wrong side. Cut a piece of cotton fabric approx. the
length of the crochet panel but reduce the width. Zig zag or serge the
cotton panel all around.
*As you see on the picture below, my cotton panel wasn’t long
enough. Because I found this shirt to use as a lining but it wasn’t enough for
both the lining and the handles.
After positioning the cotton piece on the crochet panel, sew all around using a straight or a zig zag stitch. Before sewing, make sure to sew the cotton lining into the wrong side of the crochet panel.
Sometimes it is really hard to differ which one is the right side and which one is the wrong side on crochet pieces.
details after I finished this step.
Next, fold the panel in half, wrong sides should face each other and make sure you have an even square in all sides. Pin along both sides and sew using a straight stitch.
As for the handles you can make your choice by using small crochet pieces if you have enough.
* For example, I initially wanted to make my handles like this but then I preferred making some using the same shirt I used for the lining.
If you’re making the straps from the fabric, then cut two fabric stripes 65 cm long and 12 cm wide.
Fold the fabric stripe in half and iron it.
Next, fold the fabric edges to the center and iron again. Fold again so that the raw edges are enclosed and the folded edges meet, iron and stitch along in one or both long sides close to the edges.
Handles should be approximately 2.5- 3 cm wide.
Attaching the handles
First, attach using pins and test if it is necessary to adjust by either shortening the handles or moving them closer to the center if you prefer.
Sew by hand or sewing machine.
each side of the handles I attached small crochet pieces. But feel free to do
this suiting your preferences.
Lots of love!
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