Monday, November 10, 2014

12 Handmade Days of Christmas: Tote Bag Day 4

Are you still with me? Have you started sewing? For those of you without sewing machines, look at Craigslist or your local Facebook yard sale pages. People are always selling or giving sewing machines away for free or for real cheap. I recommend swooping up any Kenmore, Brother, or Bernina sewing machines that you find for sale.

Sweet Reminder No.4: Christmas doesn't have to be a fight!
I have a few friends that dread every Christmas because it becomes a fight between family members. Whose house are you going to? When will you be here? When will you be there? Ahhh!! Stop the freaking madness! Christmas does not give YOU or ANYONE license to act like the world's most obnoxious micro-manager. Manage your own expectations. Be honest about what you are hoping will happen and who you would like to be there, but also understand that people have their own lives, their own families, and their own Christmas trees to decorate. 

Be honest about what you can and cannot do. Be kind to people you have to tell, "No." 

Get over it if somebody cannot do what you want them to do, when and where you want it done. Christmas is not about you!

Now... onto the tutorial!

Materials Needed:
1. Black Webbing
2. Felt in a cute a print
3. Thread

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Cut 12 x 15 inch rectangles. I made two bags so I cut four.

2. Cut set of 2 webbing handles 15 inches long. I cut four.

3. Pin the webbing handles at 3in. and 9in. Pin the webbing to the rightside of the tote body.

4. Sew the webbing to the tote body.

5. Turn the top of the tote body to the wrongside, creating a hem at the top of the hem body. It should be about a 1/2 inch hem at the top. Sew across the top. Repeat on the other side.

6. Lay the tote body pieces rightsides together. Sew the pieces together. 

7. Trim the edges and the corners. Turn inside out. Iron.

Do you have any family feud issues this time of year? If so, how do you resolve them? Do you have a system, please please share! 

To See More Projects in the Series, check out other projects in the 12 Handmade Days of Christmas Series.
Partying at: ShineBlogHop#25, LivelaughRowe


  1. Love this--such a cute DIY for Christmas! I know at least one or two of my family would love this!

  2. It is super easy to make and if you get an assembly line going they are super fun to crank out. I used some houndstooth felt I had on hand but you can easily buy felt packs and make these in mini size for reusable Christmas gift bags. I am glad you stopped by!

  3. Oh my goodness, this is so darn adorable and looks so easy to make, it's ridiculous.

    Pinning this!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop!

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

    1. Thank you for the Pinterest Love! They are really easy to make. I cranked them both out in under an hour.