Perfect Summer Tote DIY

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Today I have prepared an easy and quick refashion that any Costco shopper can afford to make 🙂 Why Costco? Because that’s where my in-laws take us shopping sometimes and that’s where I found a giant bag of rice that came in a sack, that we are going to use in our refashion today!
Another thin we’ll need is either plain fabric for lining, or, like in my case, a cloth bag one of my designer purses came in!
Here is our bag of rice (I’ve only seen them at Costco, please let me know if you’ve seen them at other stores! I want to make this easier for those who choose to shop elsewhere!)

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And here is the bag we are going to use for lining:

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The first thing you are going to want to do is hide all the loose ends, strings, etc! I also got rid of the zipper, because it was junky!

Then I trimmed the cloth bag to fit, kept the handles, because the original sack handles were too short!

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Make sure to do some fitting before you start sewing by simply inserting the new lining into the sack:

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I also went over the top edges with a thick red thread, to make sure it didn’t fray:

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How big is your needle? 😉
And finally sewed it all together on my machine! When sewing be careful, because the sack is made of a thick and heavy fabric, I don’t want you ruining your machines because of me! And keep in mind – you’ll end up doing some hand sewing one way or another, because the edges are thick!

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And you are done! Enjoy your bag and have a wonderful weekend!
For those of you who are wondering where I am going next week – my blog is taking me to Chicago! And even though I am going to the Windy City only for a couple of days, I feel like it’s an amazing start of something wonderful and exciting for me!
Lots of love,
Z

Comments

  1. Such a cute idea! Love it. – Stevie

  2. Love it! I’ve always thought those rice bags were too pretty to throw out. Can’t wait to try this.

    Thanks for linking up!

  3. I found that Sam’s Club also have the bags. Also several grocery stores still have maze, and some other items in cloth bags that could be used.

  4. Excellent idea! It looks great! 🙂

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  5. What a great tutorial. I am not a great seamstress but one thing i can sew are bags and with linings, so will have to look for that burlap bag at Costco. Found your link through the Linkined Handmade Artist forum

    • Hi Judy, thank you for stopping by! I am glad you liked the tutorial 🙂 LinkedIn is amazing like that!

  6. I was thinking of your blog post about the rice the other day while I was grocery shopping, wondering what it was going to be. I never dreamed you were going to make a bag. Genius! You’ve got me so curious about what is happening in Chicago, too. Have fun!!!

  7. Love that dress, too! So clever. Love the earthy feel of tote bags.

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