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!

 

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!!

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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!

 

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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!

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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.

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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.

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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.

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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.

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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.

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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.

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea

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!  

DIY No Sew Tote Bag Idea - made from a tank top!

 

 

 

Easter Egg Decorating Idea Using Sharpies & Rubberbands

Easter Egg Decorating Idea Using Sharpies & Rubberbands

Here is a fun and colorful Easter egg decorating idea using sharpies and rubberbands! You can color eggs in more than one color in some really cool pattern of geometric shapes. I covered it with glitter as well – because doesn’t glitter always make decorations better!!?? 😉 Materials Needed to make your own Easter Eggs… Continue Reading

Easy DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe

Easy DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe

Here is one homemade gift idea that is easy, and is guaranteed to be loved by its recipient: Easy DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe. This soap is so pretty and it smells absolutely amazing. (you’ll have to tell everyone that it is soap so they don’t think its candy and eat it!) This surprisingly… Continue Reading

Easy DIY Homemade Melt & Pour Rose Soap with Glycerin & Goats Milk

Easy DIY Homemade Melt & Pour Rose Soap with Glycerin & Goats Milk

I’ve been having so much fun making different varieties of easy DIY homemade melt and pour soaps and wanted to create one for the Valentine’s Day season. When I found a bottle of Rose Absolute essential oil, I knew this was the next scent I wanted to try. If you’ve never tried making your own… Continue Reading

Dollar Store Makeover:  Handmade Decorative Magnetic Board

Dollar Store Makeover: Handmade Decorative Magnetic Board

Here is a very frugal and very cute Dollar store makeover where I show you how to make a handmade decorative magnetic board!  This DIY  magnetic board can be used to display inspirational or funny quotes, or your photos! Stove Burner Cover  Ribbon – about 4″ long (for hanging) Scrapbook Paper Glue Stick Sea Grass Rope… Continue Reading

Valentine Craft | DIY Shabby Chic Valentine Wreath

Valentine Craft | DIY Shabby Chic Valentine Wreath

Valentine Craft | DIY Shabby Chic Valentine Wreath I get a little sad each year when its time to take down my indoor Christmas wreaths.  Mid January-February isn’t an appropriate time to put up my Spring Forsythia wreath yet, so I needed a Valentine Craft for these cold and dreary months in NY to brighten up… Continue Reading

7 Simple Ways to Decorate Your Home On A Budget Using Items From The Grocery Store

7 Simple Ways to Decorate Your Home On A Budget Using Items From The Grocery Store

Here are some frugal craft ideas I’ve made in the past, using items I have purchased from the grocery store.  Items like coffee filters, shaving cream, toilet paper rolls, mason jars and spaghetti sauce jars! Get your Pinterest pin-it button ready 🙂   Coffee Filter Crafts | Coffee Filter Peonies Toilet Paper Roll Wreath  Melting… Continue Reading

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