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41  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 79 ENTRIES / Sad T-shirt to Cute Tote Bag (Pic Heavy) on: October 08, 2012 10:37:33 PM

When I saw this challenge I knew that I simply had to give it a try. I went off to the local thrift store without really any idea for what I was going to make so me and my friend spent the good part of an afternoon searching for "the" item (and needless to say laughing hysterically at some of the outlandish things we found Cheesy) and I found this very sad looking t-shirt. I instantly loved it and decided that this was what I must get to use in my project.

(Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I think that background carpet confused the camera a bit XD)


(Detail pictures of the design)

As I carried it around the store I came up with the idea to turn it to a bag. After a trip to Walmart for some additional supplies, I got to work on my bag.
My first goal was to restore the design as much as possible. I used white acrylic paint to go over the design and fill in any missing areas of paint. I definitely underestimated how long it would take to do this part XD


Now, being pretty much a sewing novice I did some serious internet searching for tutorials and instructions on bag making (If you've made a bag tutorial I probably looked at it XD) I originally wanted to make a messenger bag but I honestly didn't have enough fabric for that and also making one seems REALLY complicated. So I decided to go for the simple approach and make a tote bag. My friend's grandmother was kind enough to invite me over and allow me to use her sewing machine for this project.
To construct the actual bag I simply followed multiple tutorials to make the handles and the main part of the bag. I really can't explain my process to well because I didn't really know what I was doing half the time, so I'm just going to put up some pictures of the bag in progress and hope people can understand what I was doing. (If anyone has any questions though, feel free to ask me and I will try to answer them as best as I can).

The front and back panels of the bag. I tried to show how I attached the t-shirt fabric to the cotton duck I was using for the rest of the bag.


The bag all sewn together before it was turned right side out


FINISHED!!  Grin


All packed up and ready to go out.

In case anyone is curious, the characters above the penguin (from left to right) say Love, Joy/Happiness, and Dream
Thanks for looking at my project and I hope you like it (I certainly enjoyed making it Smiley)
42  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Enderman Shelf-Sitter on: September 02, 2012 09:09:52 AM
This looks really neat  Smiley All my friends just got me into playing Minecraft so I'm gonna have to show them this.
43  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Plush on: August 18, 2012 08:38:54 PM
This is so cute. I just want to pick him up and squeeze him (I'll bet he's really soft Smiley)
44  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Arrietty, the borrower on: July 26, 2012 11:45:56 AM
Wow! This looks really awesome Cheesy

(And for the people who were unaware of this movie, if you are in the US a bunch of retail chains (like Target) have this film and many other Studio Ghibli movies out on DVD)
45  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Latest batch of Hopper Warren Warrior Rabbits (pic-heavy) on: July 23, 2012 02:38:41 PM
I saw these in STUFFED. This new batch looks great Cheesy
46  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: I choose you! Pokemon-puppets! on: May 09, 2012 09:42:13 AM
These are fantastic Smiley Any chance you'll post a pattern?
47  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My newest creatures, The Weeglins on: May 09, 2012 09:37:32 AM
Ahh! So cute Cheesy I just want to pick one up and give it a hug.
48  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mini Totoro and Cat Bus! on: February 11, 2012 09:14:11 PM
This is so adorable and awesome  Cheesy
49  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I choose you, Bulbasaur! on: December 07, 2011 08:03:02 PM
This is awesome Cheesy If only I could figure out how to crochet granny squares...
50  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Ponyo string doll on: November 09, 2011 05:28:49 PM
I love Studio Ghibli movies! This is so cute Smiley
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