Sunday, September 25, 2011

DIY: Make your own Bowler Hat Tote Bag

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I am an absolute sewing beginner but I really want to learn how to sew. My mom was so kind as to give me her sewing machine (thanks!) and this is the first project that I did with it. I checked out a few online tutorials (and found this one most helpful) but mostly just looked at other tote bags I have to see how they were made. 

So here is the tutorial:

1. To start I used some fabric that came off the bottom of my IKEA curtains and used my own potato print DIY to print the bowler hats onto it. I let it dry and then ironed the fabric from both sides.
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2. I reversed the fabric and sewed the outer edges together (not all the way to the top).
3. As you can see in the picture, I sewed the corners of the bag together to give it some volume.
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4. I cut some green fabric to make it look like the bag is lined on the inside. To make it easier to sew it later, I ironed a crease into it. Then I pinned it to the bag.
5. Making the handles was pretty easy, I just cut two pieces of fabric, ironed the creases in and then sewed them together. The lines came out a bit uneven but I guess I just need lots of practice.
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6. After turning the bag outside in (right side out?) I pinned the handles on the insides of the bag and sewed them on at the same time as the fake lining. 
7. Turning the bag inside out again I just sewed the remaining piece of the edges together. 
8. Finished! 
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Do you know any easy beginners sewing projects that I could try?


63 comments:

  1. I love that bag, well done on your first sewing project!

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  2. vanessa, that bag turned out delightful! :) when i've tried to sew, it's kind of a disaster. will be excited to see what else you make.

    http://honeybeelane.blogspot.com/

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  3. Ah, my mum needs to give me her sewing machine. She doesn't even know how to switch it on!

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  4. You did a great job!!!

    Making a one seam skirt with an elastic waist is another fun, beginner project. I've seen many tutorials. I was thinking of doing a DIY post for one as well =)

    ♥ Gina Michele
    CrochetClouds.com

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  5. Wonderful job! I love the fabric. A simple maxi skirt might be a fun project.

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  6. The print is just so whimsical! Great bag, love it even more that it's DIY!!

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  7. Ahh I've been wanting to experiment with potato stamps so I think your post is a sign that I should go for it. Also, this bag turned out really awesome--good job!

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  8. Love it. I need a sewing machine really, there is too much I want to make :)) xx

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  9. That's such a cute tote you've made!!! <3

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  10. cute, you are beyond beginner. The bowler hat print is super adorable. I like the colors too

    love,mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  11. Well you did an amazing job for a beginner! Keep it up and you'll be a pro in no time. Sewing just takes practice. Great tutorial!

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  12. sweet, i love diys when bloggers do it
    they seem more easy!

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  13. Hey, I just bumped into your blog and really love it. Im so happy I discovered it. YOu have great style and are super inspiring. I follow you now and am a big fan. If you get a chance pop up by my blog
    xoxo Tamara
    www.theglamandglitter.com

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  14. Sooooooooooooo lovely Vanessa, you clever girl. i adore the print very much

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  15. Fantastic!!!!;D

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  16. I don't know of any tutorials, so sweet of your mom to give you her machine...well done on the tote lady!

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  17. Cute bag. An elastic waist or a-line skirt could be a nice project for you.

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  18. So so adorable!! I've been looking for beginning sewing projects myself:) This is a great place to start. Peter pan collars aren't too hard to do either.

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  19. I think I'm even worse than a sewing beginner... I might need remedial lessons. But I love this tutorial, anyway, the bowler hat print is just too adorable!
    xox,
    Cee

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  20. I wish I could sew too! Only my elder sister is good at it - a project like this is nice and simple though - so I may have to try my hand at it! I love the potato stamp too! It's very effective!
    Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage

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  21. you seem quite skillfull. I am just like you : my mom gave her old sewing machine to me and I really want to learn how to sew so maybe I'll try to make a bag too :)

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  22. This is a fantastic tutorial! I'm such a lover of tote bags, but I never actually thought to MAKE one before...definitely bookmarking this!

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  23. i love potato prints! great job. also, i'm doing an alexa chung giveaway on my blog :)

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  24. I love it Vanessa!! You are so good to be a beginner!! Have a look to this website it may helps http://sewingtutorials.blogspot.com/ <3

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  25. Great job ! This bag is beautiful !
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  26. This is so adorable! Great job Vanessa the little hats are so charming! This so cute totally suits you :)

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  27. Oh I love the print! super cute.

    Regarding sewing projects... cushions?! Once you get into actual garments it gets more complicated, but if you are up to the chalenge... ;)!

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  28. Adorable! And what a fabulous print to grace the bag with. You know I LOVE bowlers! xxx

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  29. Oh wow you are so clever. I have bought so much fabric and have a sewing machine, but never get around to making anything (lazy). xx

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  30. how talented are you! love this bag so much, so sureal but oh so perfect and simple! gorgeous

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  31. Oh I just got a sewing machine too :) I will have to try this out as one of my first projects because I have no idea what I am doing and this came out CUTE!

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  32. niedliches ergebnis.... ach, hätt ich doch zeit für's nähen. ich weiß, vor zeitmangel nicht mal wann ich den rock von oma zum schneider und wann die vintage stiefel vom flohmi zum schuster bringen soll. seufz.
    nähen... seufz...

    ;)

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  33. What a great tutorial! This would be a fun project to work on as the days get cooler and more time is spent in doors. I love the sweet bowler print too.
    XOXO

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  34. Wow I'm very impressed! I don't think I'd even qualify as a sewing novice.. I love the little bowler hats :)

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  35. A potato print bowler hat design - so inspired! What a triumph this bag is. Just let us know when you begin accepting commissions...

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  37. this DIY is really cute! i should do it!

    happy weekend,
    jos xx

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  38. fantastic!!!


    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.com/

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  39. Amazing. Love the bag!

    Patience
    www.justpatience.com

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  40. You did a great job! It looks awesome :) xoxo!

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  41. oh wow, very creative, and this DIY print looks divine! ♥

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  42. Lovely idea :)

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    xoxo F.

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  44. Wow! Very helpful tutorial, eh. Love that bag. My mom is also great on sewing machine and always made me bags when I went to school way back then. Love this DIY project.

    Cheers,
    Cathy@discount scrubs

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