Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shower Curtain - Tote Bag Upcycle

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A month or so back, I ran across this fabulous cotton canvas shower curtain at my favorite thrift store for $1.91. You KNOW I had to have it! I knew that I wanted to make some kind of tote bag, but I needed fabric to co-ordinate with it. I ended up taking the shower curtain with me to M & L Yardage and found this great fabric called "Mod Charm" by Anthology. It was exactly what I was looking for! And at $4.98 a yd it was perfect! I used this great free tutorial that I came across over at Noodlehead. Seriously....you need to jump over there and bookmark this one! The tutorial is very easy to follow and totally FTS! I love everything about this bag! In my opinion, it's the perfect size! Love love love it!!!

These fully lined outside pockets are wonderful!

I added a divided pocket to the inside for my keys and cel phone. I also added 2 rows of top stitching around the top edge and down the center of the outside pocket for some added detail.

I love the added detail of the strip of bias along the pocket edge!

I wanted to give my bag a bit more stability. I cut a piece of plastic canvas that is just a tiny bit smaller that the base of the bag.

I tacked it loosely to the inside of the bag so that it wasn't too rigid. Then I flipped the bag inside out through the lining opening and stitched it closed.

Overall I love this bag! These are not my colors at all, but I think I'm going to keep this one for myself. The tote only takes 1/2 yd of fabric and 1/2 yd of lining. I spent $2.50 for lining fabric and $3.00 for the handles and less than 50 cents for the outer fabric. I'd say that's a great deal! I have so much of the shower curtain left over. I'm thinking pillows maybe?

20 comments:

  1. Great idea! Out of necessity, lately I've been really 'looking' at other places for fabrics, such as old sheets, clothing and whatnot, plus I have been taking zippers out of clothing more before tossing them. It's amazing what neat stuff you can do if you keep your eyes open!

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  2. Love the bag and I've never thought of looking for fabrics in other unusual places - but now I will!

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  3. how do you finish stuff so dang fast????
    Looks like an Amy bag. :-)
    I think my (your) sunflower fabric could work with this pattern, no?

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  4. Very nice :-)! Thank you for sharing the link for the tutorial.

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  5. I love up-cycling projects. Tote bags are always great!

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  6. You have such a good eye for the potential of thrift store finds! Love the colors! I never seem to find those kinds of goodies around here!

    LaDonna

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  7. Cute as a button! I love to up-cycle ;)

    I've started following you!
    If you get a chance, please stop by!

    http://bcheniful.blogspot.com/

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/BCheniful/172756599415025

    Thanks!
    Brandi at B.Cheniful

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  8. i love the shower curtain! It looks fabulous as a bag! great job!

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  9. Cute bag! I love that lining fabric. :)

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  10. love it so much. What a fabulous fabric and for a great deal!

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  11. What a fabulous project - love it!

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  12. Awesome bag and I love that it is an up-cycled project! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  13. I have a shower curtain that is calling out for a remake like this one! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Great bag and nice find at the thrift shop!

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  15. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

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  16. I'm always looking for great upcycling projects!

    Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'. I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

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  17. This would be perfect for my daughter who's starting college next month!

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  18. Thank you! I bought a bright pink flamingo shower curtain on sale at Target for $2 with the hope I could do something cool with it! This project has just moved its' way up my to-do list!

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