Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"it's what's INSIDE that counts" tote bag

are you a sewer?
i'm not a sewer.

i just love all those cute little sewing projects i see in blogland but i am certainly not a sewer.

i remember back in middle school home ec class, we had to sew a potholder and mine looked like it sat out in the sun all day and wrinkled up because i always sew the seams too tight or something so that it wouldn't lay flat.

well apparently i still have that same sewing deficiency as you can see here:
luckily i didn't have to sew too much when i made this. 
look, check it out.
i originally did do some sewing on this bag and then when it scared me on how it looked, i pulled the thread out and chose to do the easy way instead. 
but first things first.

i used this printable which you can too and adjust the size to your liking by right clicking, save, and print your size to fit your bag. 
the original mason jar source can be found HERE.
you can choose to leave the quote out but i did it that way so i could better eyeball the placement.
i then just hand wrote it myself on the bag with the black sharpie as well as add the lid details.

next up:
hooray for hot glue=save me from using needle and thread!

let's add some detail.
uh oh!
looks like i did use a needle and thread for the quote after all to make the letters stand out.

please don't laugh at me when you see the imperfections...ugh.
well..let's just move on shall we?

and that my friends, is how my $3 target tote bag came to be.
now i wish i could just get past the wonky letters so i can actually use it.
oh yeah!
smiley's right.
so now i'm off to filling my bag with goodies like cookies and cupcakes and markers and and perhaps a book about 
how to sew...?!





24 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! I wanted to make a tote with a cute little saying. Oh my goodness, how cute is that. I love Target. It never lets me down!

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    1. hooray! i'm SOO happy you love it Leslie! and i don't know what i would do without target either! although i would save money seeing it's a $100 store for me each time i go! LOL ;)

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  2. A visual feast! Burlap flowers, funky beads, and a cute, fun Mason jar! This is so refreshingly darling!

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    1. and your comments are ALWAYS so refreshing too J! thank you thank you! :>D

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  3. This is such a fun idea! I'd love for you to share this at my weekly link party! http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2014/09/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-106.html Hope to see you there!

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    1. all linked up Jennifer! i think i'm gonna make another one and try to make better letters lol :)
      so happy you stopped by!

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  4. I am NOT a Sewer either. I love this idea! So cute...so fun..even a non sewer like me could make it.

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    1. not a sewer? oh i'm in good company then Cookie Puzzle! :) my first idea was to make it on canvas but then washing it would be a problem and sewing all those beads would be a pain. then target came to my rescue when i spotted the straw bags i knew that would work cuz who washes a straw bag? certainly not i! LOL ;)

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  5. Oh my goodness, this is adorable with a capital A! I LOVE it! Of course, pinning and going on my have to make list! :) Have an awesome weekend!

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    1. i'm gonna have an awesome weekend knowing you LOVE it Cindy! yahoo! thank you ever so much! :)

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    1. how super nice of you to say! thank you Jeannette :)

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  7. Oh goodness...what a cute idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week! Don't forget to enter to win a $25 Starbucks giftcard! :)

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    1. you are always so nice Jess! thank you and for the giveaway too :)

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  8. Really cute! Stop knocking your skills, girl! U dun good! Your BBFF, Dona

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    1. well i know YOU can sew my BBFF ( i have a little apron to prove it :)! ) i am sure sewers of the world, or at least my tiny little blog world, got a laugh at my embroidery lack of skills. :>P anyway, you always dun good with your comments Dona! :>D

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  9. I love this Lisa!! Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! You are amazing! Hope your having a great week!!

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    1. oh my! what an amazing comment Theresa! thank you sooo much! :>D

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  10. Adorable! Like crazy adorable! Great job! Would love for you to bring your creativity over to Motivational Monday! I hope you join our fun link-up!
    http://www.kentheartstrings.com/2014/09/motivational-monday-party-link-up_8.html

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    1. jeepers thank you Cassie! i'm all linked up-thanks for the sweet invite! :)

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  11. Cute bag! I really like the bright, fun beads on the bag! Thanks so much for linking up at Submarine Sunday @ USS Crafty!

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    1. it'd be super cute to have a crocheted one T'onna! and you'd be the one to make a cute one at that! :) thanks so much!

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  12. Just adore this project so much, thanks for hoping over and joining Motivational Monday! Hope you will join us again!

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    1. and i just adore your comment so much Cassie! thank you! :>D

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