Monday, August 30, 2010

Flower Tote Bag Tutorial

Hard to's almost September.

September means back to school, fall days right around the corner, soccer practices and also time to break out the jackets and back away summer apparel.

September is also National Sewing Month.

Maybe they planned it that way knowing the kids were back in school and chances are if you're going to tackle a sewing might have a little more time on your hands.

Today we're sharing with you a fun and easy idea (we like those!) using our Fabric Bond Adhesive. Tote bags perfect for back to school, teachers or even a library or dance bag! You can never have enough totes!

Flower Tote Bag
Designer: Kristen Swain

fabric tote bag
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro
Glue Arts Fabric Bond Adhesive
Fabric Spray Glitter
Button and thread
Craft Glue


Make flowers-

1. Cut fabric into 12x1 inch strips. Also cut a 1.5 inch circle from matching fabric.
2. Twist fabric strip into rope, then using craft glue, adhere in a spiral onto fabric circle, allow to dry.


1. Cut square of fabric to fit tote front, then use Glue Arts Fabric Bond Adhesive and adhere line of adhesive about 1/2 inch from edges, then fold fabric in for a finished look.
2. Adhere another line of Fabric Bond Adhesive along finished edge, and adhere to tote front. Iron over a thin cloth on top of your tote to to make a permanent bond.
3. Cut several leaves from green fabric then place flowers onto tote. I added a line of 5 flowers along the bottom of the tote, then a trio up by the handles of the tote.
4. Adhere flowers with craft glue, cut and tie a 12x1 inch strip of fabric into a bow, add button and stitch bow onto top of tote.
5. Spray the whole tote with fabric spray glitter.

Now how easy is that?! Be sure to share with us your creations you have made! We would love to see them and also showcase them here on our blog and Facebook page! Just email your project to us at

And it wouldn't be a Monday if we didn't kick off the week announcing a winner...because really what is better on a Monday then finding out you won something? Hmmm..that is a pretty great way! So let's make someones day...the winner is:

 Cindy said...
Our favorite family beach spot is the Outer Banks, NC. My dream beach would be Maui!

Love the look of this card...just makes you want to get your toes in the sand! lol

August 26, 2010 7:24 AM 

Cindy congrats to you and both of those are fantastic beach spots! Please email us your contact information at and we'll get some goodies sent on out to you!

Okay are you ready to enter to win for this week? Share with us a sewing idea or project you would like to see made or one you have in the works. We'll pick another winner next week to win our Glue Glider Pro, our and new Extreme Adhesives!!

Have a great Monday!!


  1. Congrats Cindy! Cute bag...thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Fabulous bag!!!!!
    In theory I should have more time to myself now that the kids are in school...seems like I have taken on more projects though...way to go me!

  3. Congrats Cindy! And, what a cute tote!!!!!

  4. LOVE this bag. I want to make one...well 2. We need new dance bags here. These would be adorable.

  5. I'm not a sewer but I LOVE that bag! I think I need to make my daughter a new dance bag :) I'd love to see some hair accessories in the future! Thanks!

  6. I like the idea of dressing up the 'green' bags for the grocery store...just to make them not look so generic.

  7. What a cute little bag - thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. Great tutorial. How about making a pillow? I do like to sew those.

  9. I saw fabric file organizer for sale on TV. It unfolds and there are many pockets and such where you can store papers, tools, stickers etc. I think a pattern to make your own would be awesome!

    Carol B

  10. Love the tote, thanks for the tutorial.
    I would love to see a tutorial for fabric headbands - the ones with a little bit of elastic at the bottom so you don't have to tie them (always end up getting hair in the knot - ouch).
    These flowers would look lovely on a headband too.

  11. This tote is just adorable! I don't know how to sew but I would like to see some sewn projects for boys since I don't have any girls.

  12. Thanks for the tutorial! Great project. How about an apron? I just love aprons!

  13. Love that tote! I would like to see a neat art smock for kids!

  14. cute project! not really into sewing unless it's buttons!

  15. Congrats Cindy! My idea would be to make a trick or treat bag! :)

  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE That tote!!!! I would totally love to do an apron for my daughter..she has jjust taken up a LOVE for painting...I would love to use the NO SEW adhesive to decorate her apron!