Category Archives: Crafting From Your Stockpile

This shows you some crafting projects that I’ve done using items that I’ve gotten dirt cheap or free from using coupons. I’ve decorated my house using items like melted crayons, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste containers, dental floss and more!

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag – Made From a Tank Top!

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag - Made From a Tank Top! Stop making tote bags using t-shirts - get a tank top - it's even easier!!! happydealhappyday.com

Learn here how to make a no sew tote bag from a tank top!  It takes 15 minutes – really!!  This is an easy and frugal craft project this is practical and fun!  You could even have the kids work with you on this one!  In fact, my almost 7 year old wants to pick out her own tank top next time we are at Walmart so she can make one of these herself.

I saw some other tutorials online on how to make a tote bag out of a t-shirt.  I got thinking to myself – why bother with the cutting the sleeves step?  Just get a tank top and make this project even more simple!!

no sew tote tank

Material needed to make a no sew tote bag:

Tank Top (I got mine from Walmart – check out the selection on Amazon as well!)

Scissors

Seriously – That’s it!

 

no sew tote price

I went into Walmart and found this adorable pink and black chevron tank top for just $3.88!  I grabbed size XL so I could make the biggest tote possible.  A snip here, and a tie there, 15 minutes later you get a tote bag!

no sew tote measure

First thing is to turn your tank top inside out and lay it flat.  Measure 2″ from the bottom in a few places and mark it.

no sew tote line

Connect your dots until you get a line that is 2″ above the bottom – all the way across.

no sew tote cut

Now you need to get your pair of scissors and start making cuts, that will create strips of cloth that you will tie.  Start at very end and make your first cut up the seam until you reach the 2″ line that you drew.

no sew tote cuts

Now make cuts every 3/4″ to 1″ along the bottom.  Be sure to cut through both the front and back of the fabric as the strips you are creating will be paired up and tied together.

no sew tote tie

When you finish making the cuts all along the bottom, find your first pair of strips and tie it together twice, making a knot.  Now do this with each pair of strips the way along the bottom.

no sew tote hole

When you finish tying, you will notice that there are still small holes that remain in between the knots.  If you are nervous that something you are carrying in your tote will fall through, then you will need to do one more row of knot tying.

no sew tote double tie

You will find new pairs to tie together for this second row of knot tying.  Take the top strip from one knot, and the bottom strip from the knot next to it – and tie those 2 together.  Do this all the way across the bottom so now those holes are tied up.

no sew tote all tied

Here is what the bottom looks like when it is completely tied.

no sew tote right side out

Turn your tote back now right side out and you’ll see the cute knots at the bottom.  That’s it – you are done!  Now you have a cute tote for the beach, the park, groceries, yard sale shopping – you name it!

No Sew Tote Bag = Adorable, reusable, easy, frugal, and fun!  

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag - Made From a Tank Top! Stop making tote bags using t-shirts - get a tank top - it's even easier!!! happydealhappyday.com

 

Double Sided Photo Frame:  Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame!

Double Sided Photo Frame: Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame!

DIY Photo Frame:  Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame! If you didn’t see this post, then you may not know that I have branched out my online business and have opened an Etsy shop called Magnet Menagerie!! I wanted to highlight this Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame – this will make a great Mother’s Day gift!… Continue Reading

DIY Yarn Wreath with Twine Flowers

DIY Yarn Wreath with Twine Flowers

DIY Yarn Wreath with Twine Flowers I had so much fun recently making twine flowers that I decided to make some to add to a new yarn wreath for my dining room. I didn’t just use twine flowers on this – I had a variety of flowers to decorate it with, including a fake hydrangea, some… Continue Reading

How To Save on Essential Oils at Wegmans + 5 Ways To Use Them!

How To Save on Essential Oils at Wegmans + 5 Ways To Use Them!

    I know I told you last week about the new Health & Wellness Wegmans coupon booklet found in-store. I wanted to give you some ideas though to use the $1.00 off any Aura Cacia item coupon.  It doesn’t expire until 7-2-16! Aura Cacia is a great brand for essential oils!  I have a… Continue Reading

Easy Handmade Journals For Kids

Easy Handmade Journals For Kids

    I think because it’s Spring Break here this week, that I’m collecting all of my frugal kids activities to keep them busy.  Today I’m going to share a kids activity that shows you how to make Easy Handmade Journals for Kids!  Have some family bonding while crafting, and making journals that can also record precious… Continue Reading

Toddler Activities:  Sensory Bag Using Glitter Glue and Body Wash (NOT Messy!!)

Toddler Activities: Sensory Bag Using Glitter Glue and Body Wash (NOT Messy!!)

  There was a great coupon not too long ago that got us FREE Suave body wash from Wegmans.  I purchased some extra coupons so that I had like 10 free bottles of body wash.  I use most of it as refills for hand soap.  Some I donate.  The rest I use on projects like… Continue Reading

Spring Crafts – 10 Easy Ideas!

Spring Crafts – 10 Easy Ideas!

Spring is my favorite season – the time when green returns and everything blooms! Fellow cabin fever suffers will understand, I’m sure. Even though winter in NY this year has been tolerable, I’m still impatient for Spring’s official arrival.  So while I wait for nature to do its thing outside, I’m making sure my home… Continue Reading

Spring Artificial Topiary DIY | Paper Flower Topiary DIY

Spring Artificial Topiary DIY | Paper Flower Topiary DIY

  This week is going to feel like spring!!  Even though we may still get a little snow before winter officially ends, I’m ignoring it, and putting out as much pastel springtime decor as I can!!!! I recently made these pink paper flower spring artificial topiaries – and wanted to show you how I did it!   How… Continue Reading

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