Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial

Wearables · July 21, 2015

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

I have a little confession – I’m addicted to making bags and totes! They are so fun to do and it’s so great having accessories that you can coordinate with any outfit. Sometimes I like a quick and easy project though where I don’t have to make the whole bagย from scratch. You can easily dress up a plain canvas tote with just a little fabric and ribbon – like this Easy DIY Bow Tote Refashion!

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

It’s a plain canvas tote that’s dressed up with colorful fabrics and it only takes about 30 minutes to put together!

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Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

This tote would be such a great gift too! Back to School is just around the corner and this would be such a sweet gift for your new teachers.

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Plain Canvas Tote
  • 2 Coordinating fabrics for bow and border
  • Matching ribbon

Canvas totes are all different sizes so you’ll want to take into consideration how big your tote is when you’re cutting out your fabrics.

Measure out a fabric panel for the bottom of the tote – 4″ tall and 1″ wider than your tote. Press the top and bottom of your fabric under 1/2″.
Fold the two short sides in 1/2″ as well. Sew in place at the bottom of the tote, making sure you don’t catch any of the tote or handles while you sew.

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

Cut out two pieces of coordinating fabric that are 7″ x 22″. Cut two ends of the fabric at a diagonal, opposite of each other. Hem the top and bottom and the diagonal edge of the pieces.

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

Place the fabric pieces at each side of the tote. The diagonal edges should angle down for each piece. Turn the raw edges under along the left and right sides of the tote and sew the pieces down along each side. Gather the fabrics in the center and wrap a piece of ribbon around them to form the bow. Sew the ribbon in place.

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

Sew the ribbon down to the inside of the tote to hold it in place. Tack the tops of the bow pieces about 2″ in from each side to keep the bow straight.

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

Cut two lengths of ribbon 1″ longer than each strap. Fold the ends under and sew in place on the front of each strap.

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

That’s it! You have a cute new tote refashion!

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

You can really change up the style by just changing the fabrics and adding in some lace!

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

You can check our my lighter fabric and lace version on my blog today.
I hope you give this easy Tote Refashion a try!

Easy DIY Bow Tote Tutorial - SO cute and simple. And such a great gift idea!! { lilluna.com }

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Wow I LOVE this! I feel like this is something I’d definitely be capable of ย making. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for sharing Bev!!

For more great creations by her, head over to Flamingo Toes.

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Anne

how cute is that tote!!! I’ve got a post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=83576
–Anne

Georgia

This is so cute!! It adds such a pretty touch to the tote. Thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    I totally agree, Georgia! I’m slightly obsessed with BOWS so I’m in love with these totes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kristina & Millie

so cute! love the bow and the colorful touches of ribbon and lace. so easy to make and customize for every occasion, day, color, outfit! These will make awesome gifts too or make them mini and stuff them with gifts ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the tute and pattern!

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MB

This might be a silly question, but how on earth did you sew this with a machine? Or is it hand sewn? I’d love to make one (or a dozen. lol) of these. They’re absolutely adorable!

    Lil' Luna

    Not silly! This tutorial is from Bev at Flamingo Toes. I’m sure she could answer any questions you have about this ๐Ÿ™‚

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