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DIY Tote Bag from a Tea Towel

Create your own stylish tote bag using a simple tea towel! This fun and easy DIY project is perfect for those looking to add a personal touch to their accessories. Start by selecting a tea towel with a design or pattern that you love. Then, fold the towel in half lengthwise and sew the sides together to create a bag shape. Add handles by sewing a strip of fabric to the top of the bag, and voila - you have a unique tote bag that is both practical and fashionable! Not only is making a tote bag from a tea towel a great way to showcase your creativity, but it is also an eco-friendly alternative to purchasing a new bag. By upcycling a tea towel that you already have, you are reducing waste and giving new life to an old item. This project is perfect for beginners and can be completed in just a few simple steps. So why not give it a try and create a one-of-a-kind tote bag that reflects your personal style?


  • Tea towel
  • Thread
  • Webbing for straps


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins


Fold your tea towel in half with right sides facing each other.

You'll make boxed corners. Instead of measuring and sewing off triangles. Simply take the folded bottom edge and push it up between the front and back of the fabric, creating a pleat.

Pin along each edge, making sure the folds line up at the bottom of your bag.

Zig zag stitch in a straight line along both sides.

Pin and stitch your handles into place. If you're using webbing, I recommend sewing it on with a boxed "X" to provide more support.

Flip it all right side out to use

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