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cupcake shopper made out of three dishtowels...
My mum bought these cupcake dishtowels in a sale in ikea for me and my sister to make something, but we forgot about them until my mum found them many months later in a drawer. She asked me to make her a grocery bag out of them, and, naturally, I lept at the chance and rushed to my room to get to work on making a pretty little shopper bag. The bag itself took me about 2hours to make and is relatively simple. It consists of the bag, removable pockets and a pouch to keep shopping lists in or to use as a purse. This bag was sooooo super cute I wanted to keep it for myself, but mummanaged to prise it from my hands. This bag is also cheap to make, it cost me nothing because my mum bought them, but I'm sure you can get packs of dishtowels for a couple of pounds somewhere... ;D

please post any questions or versions, I would looooove to see them! <3

Posted by Megan M. from Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Megan M.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a recycled tote. Cupcake Shopper/Grocery Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    These are the three dishtowels, how cute are they! anyway...
    gather the rest of the supplies (mine are not pictured, sorry).
    The dish towel on the far left will become the straps of the bag. The middle will become the body and the last one will become the pockets and pouch/purse thingy... :)

  • How to make a recycled tote. Cupcake Shopper/Grocery Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    To make the straps, i first cut along the two pink lines shown here.

  • How to make a recycled tote. Cupcake Shopper/Grocery Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then cut the strip in half, so you have two straps, pin a hem on each long side of the straps and set aside.

  • How to make a recycled tote. Cupcake Shopper/Grocery Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    I made the pouch by doubling up some left over plain fabric, drew a square and added a half inch seam allowance, cut it out, pin around the inside line and set aside.
    (the dotted ribbon I was going to use for a trim, but then decided to not :))

  • Step 5

    Ok, stupid me forgot to take pictures of the other steps... doh!
    will try my best to explain my way through this tutorial, but I am really sorreeeee! D: )':

  • Step 6

    Ok, for the body of the bag, (the one with all cupcakes printed on it (middle one in image 1)) leave itas one dish towel, as you will just need to sew up the sides. For the towel which will become pockets, simply fold it in half good sides in, and pin the sides and sew, turn right side out and pin down the front through both layers and sew down the two pin lines to create three equal pockets.

  • Step 7

    for the straps pin and sew side seams ( about half an inch). then sew the pin line of the pouch together. I folded one of the dotted ribbons and tucked it in the side so when i fliped the pouch right side out I had a little strap on the side, then i used puffy paint to write 'shopping list' and dots all around the bag, let dry.

  • Step 8

    fold the body of the bag right sides together and sew (use side seams if towel as guide, mine were about half an inch). Square off the bottom corners of the bag by flattening the side so it is parallel to the bottom line of the bag and sew a line over it to leave a triangle of fabric, cut off excess. I hope that made sense! then sew the straps to the bag :D

  • Step 9

    And you are done! again I apologise for not having pictures for the last 3 steps! I hope this was a simple-ish tutorial! :D

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