DIY Summer Tote

By Kate Riley July 6, 2016

Happy summer friends! This week I’m sharing some new fabrics I designed, the first is this happy pattern I call ‘Go With The Flow’, it’s a medley of brushstrokes that playfully flow along a white background. The pattern comes in three different colorways (see below) and with this coral and berry combo I made a small lined tote summer tote and also added grommet detail and rope straps.

 summer tote diy


This bag is fully lined and I made it with the 1 yard of the sturdy Heavy Cotton Twill. To recreate it you’ll need one yard of the same or two pieces of 30 x 19” wide twill or canvas fabric, a grommet kit and 2 yards of nylon rope (both from Home Depot).

 tote supplies

Step One, turn the two pieces of 30 x 19” fabric inside out and sew them together like you would a pillow cover, leaving 4 to 5” opening on the side.

 sew fabric inside out

 sew inside out leave opening

Flip the fabric right side out, it should look like a pillow sham.

 inside out


Step Two, fold it over once more so the shorter 19” sides come together. (In the picture below the fabric is folded over then rotated 90 degrees on the table for the photo.)

 fold over again

Sew three sides together (the 19” sides and one of the 15” sides) leaving an opening for the tote on the fourth side.

 sew tote

Step Three, flip your tote base inside out to hide the seam inside. Cut small holes where you want the grommets to go and use the kit to secure them to the top of the tote.

 center grommets


You’re almost done! Now simply cut the nylon rope and knot the ends once you’ve run them through the grommet. If you melt the edges ever so slightly with a lighter or finish off the ends with hot glue the rope won’t fray.

cut nylon rope


So there you have it, a cute little summer tote bag to take along with you to the pool or beach!

 diy summer tote

 summer tote diy

This ‘Go With The Flow’ fabric is available in three fun colorways: Coral, Navy, and Aqua. Also available as wallpaper and gift wrap, find all three in my Spoonflower Shop!

 go with the flow fabric colorways

I’ll share more new fabric patterns later this week :)


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