Making this grab and go Tote is perfect to make for those busy spring/summer nights when you eat at the soccer field, picnics or pool. (You could even use it for other things like sunscreens, first aid kit, etc. )
It does not require sewing skills. I only used a needle and thread for 2 little stitches to attach the ribbon for tying. The rest comes together with iron on fusible tape!
I saw this done as a sewn together craft, and they had cut a tea towel down and sewn in just one row of 4 pockets. I wanted a no sew version but also a few more pockets. I decided to use the whole towel to make a double row of pockets. This turned out great, but makes explaining the steps a bit harder. I will do my best.
1 linen tea towel (no terry cloth) (Michaels craft store has super cute ones right now!)
Iron on fusible tape
1 needle and thread
Iron and ironing board
Pencil or fabric marker
1) Fold bottom of towel about 2/3rds of the way to the top, and make a small mark inside at the fold at the bottom on both sides of the towel. (Mark inside the fold, so the marks are hidden right now)
2) Bring the folded bottom edge up a few inches below the first bottom edge. This will become the two rows of pockets. Mark with your pencil along each edge to mark the line where the top of that row will be. I have put two items in just so you can visualize the 2 rows.
3) Let's stop and take stock a moment. You should have about 3 locations for marks. as shown above. The first secret mark inside the first fold, and along the top edge of the two rows for the pockets. see above.
5) Open up towl and turn it right side down. This should now expose most of your hidden marks. Measure the distance from the bottom of the towel to the mark for the top row. Now divide that measurement in half. So if it is 12 inches from the bottom of the towel to the top edge mark, you will want to use a 6 inch measurement. Cut enough strips (say 6 inches each) for each seam that will divide your pockets. I needed 5. two to seal shut the two outer edges of the towel and then 3 more to make the reamining pockets. See below. Place tape paper side up, along pocket seams.
7) Peel away paper from fusible tape and you should see the shiny fusing as below.
See below! You now have 4 pockets!
9) Now lets make the 2nd row. Measure the distance from the bottom edge of the towel to the marked location for the second row. So lets say it is 8 inches from the bottom to the mark for the top edge of row #2 then divide that number in half and you will cut 4 inch pieces of fusible tape. I needed 5 of these strips:
Repeat process as above for placing and ironing on the strips in the proper locations to make the pockets:
Lets take a look: You now have 2 rows of pockets!
Now lets embellish this a bit.
11) See picture below, and using the fusible tape, iron on fusing along each seam where the pockets are divided and iron on the strips, remove the paper tape and then place your chosen ribbon on top of fusing and iron the ribbon onto the tote. I also ironed on ribbon along the top edge of each row.
12) now, using needle and thread (or hot glue gun, but I don't know if it'll last forever) sew a button along each pocket seam as shown below:
Measure your ribbon out and make sure you have enough to tie around the filled up tote. (I recommend filling your tote as you will use it to do this to make sure you have a long enough tie.)
Then with your needle and thread tack your ribbon along the outside of your tote where your first row of pockets is, see the ribbon on the right side of the picture above?
|You could sew a cute button here, but I didn't do that.|
Rollup your tote and use it!