Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Sewing Quickie: Church Totes

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sewing Quickie: Church Totes

I made these Church totes, last week. Miss Priss already has a Church tote, which she carries her crayons and coloring books in. These are to be used during sacrament meeting at church. Bubba had one too, but doesn't know where it is. After having to cart around his stuff myself, I knew I needed to come up with something else.

I went through his closet and found a shirt, which didn't fit him anymore.

I cut two big squares out of the shirt. One for the front of my bag, the other for the back of my bag.

I used some grosgrain ribbon for the handles.

I put right sides together and sewed around the outside of the bag, with a zig zag stitch. I then did a straight stitch across the top. It is cotton, so it shouldn't fray. I sewed it just for looks.

I then added my two straps and then I was done. Bubba now has a fun church tote, to carry all his coloring stuff in. I also took a little piece of fabric from another shirt, sewed around the edges, added Velcro, and made a crayon pocket.

While sewing, I decided to make me a simple little bag to carry my scriptures in.
I took a pant leg off a pair of pants I cropped. Sewed the bottom, to create a bag. Used the other pant leg to make my strap and the flower. Added velcro, and a button to the flower. Then I was done.


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I figure these are two VERY simple projects, which don't really need tutorials. If you do have any questions on what I did, let me know. Hope you have a wonderful day and Happy Sewing!

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  1. Cute idea!

  2. Yay! I actually have 1 of my pant legs from an old pair of pants (I already used the other leg for a project). I KNEW it would come to use someday!

    The water park we went to is on this side of town... it's on Nellis, just past Flamingo (Manslow County Park). It's fairly new-ish (for this side of town, anyways). It's one of our favorites on the east side. ;)

    I can't get together on Saturday. I don't even know what I was thinking. Sister Kendall's funeral is in the morning (I'm helping with it), and I have to set up/serve dinner at the Activity Days stake activity that afternoon/night. Sorry! We need to get together super-soon! I miss you!

  3. love it!!!!Thanks for linking to Salvage it Saturday, this is perfect and I need to make some now.

    ~ Nikki

  4. Yay! You came :) Linking this up with us and your pretzel post made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  5. Love it! That looks so easy, useful and free. Thanks for posting!

  6. Very cute, I remember when my children had their church bags!! A long time ago now... great idea to make them out of a T-shirt!

  7. More fantastic upcycles! Love your work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Thanks for sharing this @ Workshop Wednesday. Hope to see you this week!

  9. Love this project. I wish I still had some sentimental T shirts to make a couple for myself. Thanks so much for linking up. Can't wait to see what you have for this week.

  10. FYI this project was featured at this weeks party. Come by and grab a button.

  11. Great idea!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  12. Fantastic idea to use a shirt that your son had outgrown. I hope it was one of his favourites, so he could keep using it. Tote bag looks good also.


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