Tote bag (see more tote handbags)
Stuff the inside with something you can get painty. Like a drop cloth.
Spray paint it yellow. Yea, yellow!
Use a metal craft ring (what the heck are these things really used for anyway? I honestly don't know. They aren't embroidery hoops, obviously, and you can find them in the craft store by the leather strips and freaky looking plastic dolls. Ideas?)... Anyway, use a metal craft ring as a guide for the new shape to the top of your bag.
Use a sharpie to trace around the ring and then angle down a bit to the sides. Draw straight across the sides, then trace around the ring on the back of the bag and angle down to the sides, then connect the lines.
Cut off the handles.
Cut along the line you traced all around your bag. Yep, I'm doing this over a trash bag.
Pull out the lining.
Cut it apart into its separate pieces.
Lay the pieces of lining out on the fabric you're using for lining.
Using the old lining for patterns, cut out the three pieces on your new lining.
Well, now would maybe be a good time to tell you that my sewing machine was actually out of commission this week. So I had to figure out how to sew the lining, attach it, attach the fake leather piping, create the handles, and attach the handles - WITHOUT a sewing machine. Enter: HOT GLUE.
And here's where my phone died.
So. Hot glue your lining pieces to the inside of your bag, one piece at a time. Bottom first, then sides. Fold the edges under and only glue along the edges. That way there won't be any unfinished edges showing and there will be a little give with the lining.
Sorry, that shot is really blurry.
Next, you'll use the handles from a vinyl bag. Cut them open and wrap them around two of the metal craft rings from earlier. Glue them back together. The rings will give the handles more stability and help them keep the circular shape.
Take leather straps from the jewelry department at your craft store. Hot glue them around the top of the bag - You may need to do two rows of this to cover the cut straw on the outside and the glued lining on the inside.
Hot glue your circular handles to the bag in the indents. Use leather strips and piping to cover mistakes. (You know, if you make any).
For the flower - there's no tutorial there. I don't even remember how I made it. I know I cut out 5 large pentagon-ish shapes, then rolled them and bunched them and hand sewed them together. Then I cut out leaf shapes and sewed them to the back. I hot glued the messy, bunchy flower to the bag, then hot glued the vintage-y buttons in the middle.
Done. Cheaper than the $30 price tag, though it may be worth it to just buy it and save yourself the crazy headache of those handles. Yeah, I hated that part.
PS - If you're wondering, this tote is no longer on Downeast's site. If you'd like to know more about it, check here: