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DIY TOTE BAG using fabric napkins

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DIY TOTE BAG using fabric napkins

Happy Friday!

Call me crazy…This bag came to life yesterday afternoon after seeing a few Tote bags around on blog land in the past weeks. First I spotted Mary-Beth’s basket bag , then Amy’s West Elm Knock Off bag and yesterday another talented friend’s feed popped up , Amy’s from Homey Oh My with her tote bag.

Wow! Love them all!

The story goes back a couple of weeks when I wandered around in Target { kids free, that’s when it’s possible only, otherwise we are at the toys section the whole time}. So when it comes to ME being alone in Target, it is usually end up being a long trip because I dig through every Clearance section. It’s absolute guilty pleasure, seriously.

I found super cheap and colorful fabric napkins for less then $3. { 4 pc.  }. Some of them were 0.98 c.

Wow…Gotta love this price

I quickly filled up my shopping cart, as I knew they will  also be great food photography props.  I was also planning to use them for making pillow covers.

But yesterday afternoon I had ants in my pants to whip up a quick


upcycling inexpensive fabric napkins.

I have a sewing machine, so It was an easy project. Amy did not use sewing machine so if you don’t have one, go check out her tutorial.

This is what I started with:

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I laid out the napkins and cut a little chunk off of them. I could have keep the square shape but I decided to go rectangular.

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I sew each side together, using my sewing machine. Easy- peasy. My mom thought me how to do basic things with the sewing machine. I don’t use it often but it’s good that I have it when something like this hits me in the middle of the afternoon.

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Then I used and old belt and cut it in half to get 2 peace for use thme as handles.

I sew each piece on each side of the bag and VOILA, my colorful, springy and say STYLISH DIY tote bag was done in no time.

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I love the color red as it bold and happy. And not to say how much I love the cost. About $1.50.

Happy dance:-)You can not beat that!

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The handles are strong as they are leather.

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What do you think? Will you make yours?

This easy bag can also make great gift for mother’s day or darling gift for a friend. My friend’s birthday is coming up and she may be a lucky one to get one of this cute Tote bag:-)

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Take a trip to Target and check out their Clearance section. I am sure you will find something awesome.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!


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  1. The belt handle is pure genius! The Target clearance sections are definitely a weakness of mine. And that was when I only saw napkins as pillows. I can’t wait to see what I can find now that I realize I can make totes out of them as well! Thanks for sharing this at Thursday STYLE!

  2. Isn’t it the best to find a way to make something fantastic out of very little? I’ve been using napkins and on sale place mats to make things like pillow covers, totes, and whatever else I can think up at the time. I’m a very spontaneous crafter. If an idea hits me I go for it right then or I’ll forget it. (the fun of being 73 yrs. old). You did a great job on your tote and the belt for straps was so clever, good for you. I think so many times the spontaneous projects turn out better. I buy old belts at thrift stores in case I need them for something. We live out in country so driving to store quickly isn’t gonna happen, I like to have what I need handy right then.
    I made a couple pillow covers out of triangular place mats from Pier 1 clearance and they had a cute beaded trim on them. I just opened up the bottom seam, stuck my travel pillow in and had a pillow cover. Later on I put transfers on both. Have fun with your projects. Your bag is gorgeous in the red and white, I love it too, so bright and clean looking.
    Happy Spring days

    1. JaneEllen, I really loved reading your comment. So sweet!I am not 73 yet,not even close… but I still forget almost EVERYTHING. When I am out and about I brainstorm lots of projects and by the time I get home I forget half of it. Now, I started carrying a little notebook to pencil in my quick and spontaneous ideas.I also love finding bargains and perhaps upcycle them to something amazing. And,yes I totally agree, the most spontaneous ideas and projects are usually the best!Have a lovely day my Dear and Happy Spring to you too!

  3. I love your bag, the pattern on the material is great. Such a great idea to use napkins, I haven’t seen anything other than plan for sale here in the UK, so next time I’m in the States, I’ll be popping by a target and stocking up.

    1. Hellie, i always keep my eyes open when I am out and about. Love finding bargains, and when I can come up with a great projects, it’s always makes my day. thank you for visiting, have a lovely day!Xo~

  4. This is amazing and I love the napkin fabric! Home Goods has had so many fun and floral napkins that I have been eyeing, and I just love the idea of turning them into a tote bag! I always check out placemats for pillows when I’m at Target, but will definitely start paying attention to their napkins too. Thanks for sharing at The Makers! Pinned 🙂

    1. Katie, I love to upcycle ( just as you do;-) things. I think this bag turned out very cute…♥ Thanks for hopping over!Have a great day,Xo~

    1. What a great Monday morning..So good to read your sweet comment, Cathy! Thanks so mcuch! I truly love this bag myself:-)Xo~

    1. Ashley, thanks for stopping by!The best projects are born with a load of inspiration usually;-)Have a wonderful week!

  5. super cute Aniko! I love how simple and cheap this it ;o) I’ve got a spring purse/tote on my todo list, but haven’t done it yet. Pinned! Emily Oh and what recent posts widget are you using in the footer? ;o)

    1. Thanks Emily! I am not a sewing pro, not even close… but it was just really so super easy to put together this TOTE bag and I am loving it:-)I e-mail you in a bit about the plugin!Xo~

  6. I love the idea to use napkins, the top seam is already done for you then! Your use of an old belt as the handle is such a good idea too, your sewing machine must be pretty hard core to get through that, I was peering at your pictures to see how you managed it – it looks like just back and forth with some zig zag stitches.
    You just can’t have too many tote bags and they are perfect presents. I too cannot pass up a bargain (it seems rude not to, when the deal is sooo good!)

    1. Julie, Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I did the zig zag stitches and it was totally fine.The belt wasn’t that thick, the machine was able to go through easily.I am such a bargain shopper. Can never leave a good deal behind:-) Have a fantastic day!Xo

  7. What a beauty! I’m a huge fan of Target’s clearance area. This bag couldn’t not be any cuter. Thanks for the inspiration, like always!

  8. How creative to use napkins!! The pattern is gorgeous (love red). And you made it just yesterday!? Talent. And sewing machine- you are making it clear that I need to get over my fear of using one.
    Thanks so much for the shoutout! Glad to feel like I may have put one or two of those ants in your pants :).

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