Watermelon..... it screams Summer, and along with the pineapple has to be one of the most celebrated fruits around. Well lets be honest, thats not about to change anytime soon, is it?
I picked up this gorgeous tea-towel from Kmart last week.... it came in a pack of 3 for $5... bargain right? Now I love a cute tea-towel, but as soon as I saw this one I just new it was too lovely to dry dishes.... So I got busy making it into a gorgeous Summertime tote.
It was super easy, all you need is some rope, some clothes dye, a sewing machine and your favourite tea-towel.
Now if you are short on time you can skip this step... but I wanted to make the most of the material and make the biggest bag I could so I un-picked 3 sides of the tea-towel.
Now you are ready to fold it in half with the print on the inside and pin along the 2 sides you want to sew together.
To keep it consistent you might also like to sew along the folded side.... Make sure you keep the hemmed side at the top.
The handles I have made out of lengths of rope. I cut 6 x 1m lengths, three for each handle.
This is another optional step...... the dying. What can I say, I live a life where I craft most days.... so I have a large jar of dye just sitting there waiting to be used... Ok I have several. Anyway, dye your lengths of rope and allow to dry.
Once your rope is dry you can start plaiting them together, 3 per handle.
Now its time to sew the handles to the front of your tea-towel bag. I did 2 simple straight stitches as you can see above for the end of each handle. After that I unwound the ends of the rope to make these gorgeous tassel ends.
Now you are ready to go.... grab you tote, some sunnies and some watermelon and go and enjoy the sunshine!
I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial. If you have any questions you can leave them below or email me direct firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget to show my your Tea-towel Tote on Instagram, #taylorandclothdiy and give me a shoutout @katetaylorandcloth.
Happy Making! xx