spring tote

Sorry for the long absence - Oscar and I took a trip to St. Louis to visit my family. It was so great to have unlimited access to fabric stores and Target. Have you seen the Orla Kiely line? I LOVE it. I saw the dishtowel set and immediately thought, "That would make a great tote!"


I used the second towel (the solid blue) as the liner. I'm kind of in love with it - makes me long for springtime.

Now that I'm looking around Target's website, I'm thinking this DwellStudio dishtowel set would also make a great bag.

UPDATE: Click here for the tutorial (also located on the sidebar)

For the bag, you just need two towels (one set). However, if you buy a second set, you will have plenty of fabric to add an inside pocket, as well as a coordinating changing pad and wipes case.

29 comments:

mau said...

How about a tut for this bag??? And you know I miss you so much but a moms gotta to what she gotta to. Keep safe you and the men.

Nicole said...

Love that bag! It is very springy.

emedoodle said...

Awesome bag, did you use a tutorial? I actually bought the DewllStudio dishtowel set you linked last week to make a bag that's similar. I have found one tutorial - it seems a little unnecesarily complex. Maybe I'll wing it.

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

Very cute and springy!

Julie said...

I'd love to make one! Did you make up the tote design yourself? Or is there a place I can find it online? Thanks :D

bec said...

Oh what a good idea! I loved the Orla Kiely line, but really didn't need anything, but one always needs a bag!

Dana and Daisy said...

very cute and yes, the second set would be lovely too!

Liz said...

Fantastic! Very inspiring and it makes it feel warmer outside then it is. I think I will have to do something like this to get me over the next two months until spring really hits here.

Monkeys ARDently In Sinc said...

We did something like this with placemats, making scripture totes. It was fun! If I hadn't given mine to my mother-in-law, I could post a picture.

PaperCourt said...

I saw the DwellStudio towels and fell in love with them but they don't match my kitchen. I bag is a great idea.

Julie M. said...

Okay, so I found your blog a while ago and love your stuff! Then I saw your post about being in St. Louis and now I must know, where are the good fabric shops?! I just moved here and would love to know! :)

Katherine said...

I love it! I'm also curious if you used a pattern or tutorial. I'm adding a trip to Target to my list for this week!

Jennifer said...

So cute! Definitely a tutorial please! Did you use one set or towels or two?

yawningdog said...

I think the melon set of towels would work, as well.

shawn said...

I forget about people who don't have access to Target... I mean I live in Minneapolis so.. well.. there is a Target on every corner..
Love the bag! It's great!!
Glad that you had a good time visiting your family!

Jill said...

Sure, I can do a tutorial for this. I just made it up as I went along, but I'm planning on making another bag, so I'll make sure to document the steps. I don't have as much time to sew these days as I'd like, but I'll try to have it up in the next couple of weeks.

Jennifer - I just went to a Hancock Fabrics, which was nothing exciting. They had the materials I needed and some cute fabrics, but nothing thrilling. My mom loves to go to Jackman's Fabrics. They have three locations in St. Louis and their website is www.jackmansfabrics.com (not a great website for online shopping, but I hear they have great stuff in-store).

Jennifer Easter said...

Hey Jill,
I am a huge fan of all your craftiness and I love this bag. I saw a project the other day and instantly thought it would be perfect for you. I was watching Sewing with Nancy on our local PBS channel and she was doing quick serger projects. Her guest was Georgie Melot and she showed how to make a pull over bib using a finger tip towel. I have searched and searched for a pattern to give you but can't find one. I don't sew but it seemed very simple. The simply cut a hole and serged in a collar and voila, bib cuteness. And with so many choices in towels from the color to pre embroidered holiday designs I immediately thought of all that you could do with it. I am sorry I couldn't give more details but hopefully you can find more to go on.
Thanks so much for sharing your craftiness with all of us, don't ever stop.
And Oscar is just precious, thanks for sharing his pictures with us too.
Jennifer Easter

claudia said...

That is a cute tote!
You are so "crafty" and full of the neatest ideas. Thank you for sharing!

claudia said...

...And then I got to looking at the Target website, and all the possibilities of tea towel totes! Yae! What fun!
Will tea towels work?
I so want to make some of these.

Valerie said...

You are so smart. I will have to check out their website. Are you going to do a tutorial for this bag? I love it.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Very cute. I will be on the edge of my seating waiting for the tut for this one!!!

Stacey said...

Adorable....I am from the St. Louis area as well!

noellesumma said...

I'm a New York Midwest transplant as well! I do miss those Hobby Lobby/Target/JoAnn Saturdays...
This tote is the cutest and would make a great diaper bag if you added a changing pad and a dirties bag...I have a 10 month old...this is a definite to do for me! Thanks!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

I hope you don't mind...I paid tribute to you and your fabulosity on my blog tonight. You really have inspired me to get sewing/crafting again and I wanted to give credit.

http://lovingmom2boys.blogspot.com/2009/03/tribute-tuesday-homemade-inspiration.html

Nancy C said...

Jill,

I would also love a tutorial on this tote. I've used place mats in the past. Hey next time you are in St. Louis you have to stop at Hobby Lobby - not much on fabric, but the other items are worth a trip.
NancyC

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michelle said...

I love this bag Jill. I can't wait for the tutorial. BTW, how many towels do I need? I'd like to get them Asap. :)

Reluctant Housewife said...

Amazing! Clever! Wonderful!

Love it.

Valerie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I can't wait to make it!