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Turn a dog food bag in to a tote.

How's this for recycling? This is my new super cute lunch bag made from a dog food bag. The material that this brand is packaged in is sort of like a woven vinyl. It's easy to clean and very durable. I hand stitched this model but in the future, I will make them on the machine (after I purchase a needle suitable for sewing denim).

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  1. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 1 1

    My first step was acquire an empty dog food bag. Fortunately, I have a steady supply from friends and from my herd of three big dogs. Just wash it and let it air dry!

  2. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 2 2

    Next, I needed a pattern. I got the inspiration from a magazine called "Sew It All" which is published by the editors of "Sew News." Both are awesome magazines that I highly recommend!

  3. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 3 3

    Now, it's time to cut out the pieces!

  4. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 4 4

    With right sides facing together,

  5. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 5 5

    sew the bottom flap

  6. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 6 6

    about 1/4 inch from the edge.

  7. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 7 7

    Now, sew the side seams together.

  8. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 8 8

    Once both side seams are sewn, it's time to construct the bottom.

  9. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 9 9

    Pull the corners so that the side seams match up to the bottom seam and sew together. First one side and then the other.

  10. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 10 10

    Now, the bag can be turned right side out.

  11. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 11 11

    Fold the top edge down 1/4 inch and stitch a hem all around the top...
    For the handles, you can use ribbon, yarn, beaded wire, etc.
    For mine, I used left over pieces from the dog food bag.

  12. How to make a recycled tote. The Doggy Bag! - Step 12 12

    Voila'!!

    Conjured by Wicked Stitchcraft )O(

    Ta!

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