I love totes. I have so many of them that my family thinks I’m nuts. Big, small, I love them all and I switch them out to fit my mood.
I have a set that I take on my weekly shopping trip, even though the grocery clerks here in my little town in Texas have a hard time with them. I can sometimes see their eye roll – here’s that hippy, city girl again! For some unknown reason, the only grocery bag you can get here is made of plastic. Even with their eye roll, you won’t catch me at the grocery store without my cloth bags and I’ve been known to turn around if I forget them.
These are some of my favorite tutorials. You are sure to find a bag – and sewing level – that fits your skill.
SpiderWoman Knits is the one that got me started on making my own. I think these are adorable.
Next, I found instructions for a vintage pillowcase to tote idea that is almost no-sew. Just cut it out and make the handle by sewing a seam, joining the two sides of the ‘handle’ together. Use your iron to turn over and pin a hem on your raw edges. Sew. Press. It could be as easy as that.
SewInLove made these eco shopping bags for Christmas presents, out of vintage pillow slips. She wanted to minimize the use of wrapping paper so making reusable bags was the solution. I think we should get bonus eco points for upcycling old pillowcases.
This is a fun and easy pillowcases to reversible tote bag upcycle project from Common Sense Home that you can complete in just a couple of hours (at the most) with the added bonus of teaching you an awesome sewing skill – making a bag with a lining, or making it reversible!
If you have a bunch of fabric to use this tutorial from All Free Crafts might be what you need. It uses a piece of fabric, 37 1/2″ wide by 21 1/2″ long to create a sturdy tote.
Don’t you love reusing things? These pillowcase tote ideas make use of an item you probably have in your home right now. Make a few to give as gifts, for grocery shopping, or as inexpensive gift wrap. Your family and friends will love them!