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NYDS TOTE
Styling Tips:
1. Try tie dye-ing the shirts before using them to make the bag!! Could be super funky!

Posted by Jenna C. from New York, New York, United States • Published See Jenna C.'s 118 projects »
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  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather materials and plug in your glue gun.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay the tee flat on a good work surface. Draw the shape shown on the tee with a pencil. It should resemble a petal.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out the shape through both layers of the tee.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now you have 2 petals! A long way to go...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lay one petal on the tee and cut around it.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 6
    Step 6

    Continue to develop a stack of petals. This stack is going to be huge! You might want to fold the tee shirt several times and cut the petals out several at a time. You'll need a very sharp scissor to get through more than a couple of layers.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 7
    Step 7

    Keep all scraps!

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut as many petals as you possibly can out of the 2 XL tee shirts. Our stack looked like this...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 9
    Step 9

    Line the tote with cardstock, cardboard or paper.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 10
    Step 10

    Place a few petals down just to get a feel of how you want to glue them. Each new petal should go on top of and in the middle of the ones beneath it. There really is no rhyme or reason, it'll look great anyway you do it.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 11
    Step 11

    Start on the bottom corner. Place a line of hot glue towards the bottom of the bag.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 12
    Step 12

    Continue petaling...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now you can start to see what the tote will look like.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 14
    Step 14

    Continue...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 15
    Step 15

    Make sure to cover the side seams :)

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 16
    Step 16

    Continue gluing petals until you have almost reached to top of the tote.

  • Step 17

    To make sure it looks nice, place a line of glue at the cris cross on the handle of the tote. Lay the top of a petal on the line of glue, and smush the top of the petal in so it gathers around the tote handle.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 18
    Step 18

    Now that the front of the bag is covered, fold down the handles, and pull out the rhinestone trim.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 19
    Step 19

    Measure from seam to seam with the rhinestone trim and cut 3 identical pieces. Leave an extra inch of space on each just in case :)

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 20
    Step 20

    Glue them down starting at one seam. Make sure to hold the ends securely until they are dry. Place lines of glue on the tote where the trim will go. The trim can be ironed on as well, but we prefer hot glue for this project.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 21
    Step 21

    Gluing...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 22
    Step 22

    Cut off any extra trim at the end and save it!

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 23
    Step 23

    Repeat with the other rhinestone trim strips.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 24
    Step 24

    Here is a photo of the front of the bag, all done! It's great because one XL tee by Hanes covers one side of the bag! That's why we got two tees...time to start on the back!

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 25
    Step 25

    We happened to spill coffee on our tote this morning, which makes this project even more perfect!! LOVE covering up stains :)

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 26
    Step 26

    You know the drill...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 27
    Step 27

    Cover this side of the bag just like the front.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 28
    Step 28

    Add the rhinestone trim...

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 29
    Step 29

    Finish it off!

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 30
    Step 30

    Pick out a flower or a pin to add some umpf! Not that it needs it... This step is optional**

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 31
    Step 31

    Pin the flower onto the handle of the tote.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Pretty Petal Tote - Step 32
    Step 32

    And finally.......ALL DONE!!!!!!

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Mallory T.
Mallory T. · Newland, North Carolina, US · 3 projects
Could I do this with a colored t shirt that was a little thicker or would that affect the look of the petals?
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Lucy L.
Lucy L. · 7 projects
OMG!!! I LOVE IT! Need to go out and buy a Tote, Tees and Trim now lol..thanks for sharing the wonderful tote i cannot wait to make this!
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Melinda L.
Melinda L. · West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Fabulous!
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
woooow this is awesome and soooo beautiful, thanks for the tute and sharing, love it!;-D
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Blackbird
Blackbird · Amsterdam, North Holland, NL · 4 projects
This bag is sooo coolHappy
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Miho S.
Miho S. · 28 projects
Very pretty.

It all works so well together.
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Jenna C.
Jenna C. · New York, New York, US · 123 projects
It took more than an hour...CO+K put that for some reason...
We spent about an hour just cutting out the petals and then another 2 gluing the petals and the trim onto the bag.
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Naomi T.
Naomi T. · Mississauga, Ontario, CA
Did this really only take an hour?
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CO + K User

Very pretty.
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Helga D.
Helga D. · Budapest, Budapest, HU · 30 projects
Amazing! I really love this project Happy
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