I was given this Violet Linen Eurpoean Damask tablecloth to revamp and send over to Jenna of Wife in Progress. I was really happy at the challenge. Something I love to do is to repurpose old linens and clothes to give them new life. Sure, this tablecloth was brand new but I am here to tell you that you can make a tote bag with old tablecloths, sheets, blankets... you name it and you can use it!
What you'll need to recreate this project: one Violet Linen Eurpoean Damask tablecloth (or 1/2 yard cotton fabric), 1/2 yard complimentary fabric, 1/2 yard of fusible interfacing, canvas for straps (or make your own like I did!), fabric scissors, measuring tape/long ruler, sewing machine, thread, pins and iron.
I tossed the tablecloth in the recommend dye bath on the stove after I put the baby to bed, tossed it in the wash so that I could hit the ground running in the morning. This table cloth took a lot of ironing to get the wrinkles out but it's important that you start with clean/ flat fabric.
Now, to build the tote! Start by cutting two 19" x 15" rectangles of both the outer and inner fabrics that you are working with. Cut two 19" x 15" rectangles of interfacing.
Top stitch around the entire opening of your tote bag. This serves to reinforce the handles and also closes the hole left to turn right side out. And you're done!
Now I bet you're wondering who sent me something for the swap and what did they create for me... drumroll please...... It was Jenna! We really did perform a literal swap! She sent me a handpainted picture frame with a shibori dyed fabric piece to present. It was almost like she had done research on me as well! ;-)
I would absolutely participate in another craft swap. I sort of liked the pressure of having to create something for someone else! Have you ever done one before? How did it work out?