Recycled Water Bottle Washi Tote tutorial

We try not to make a habit of buying bottled water, but on occasion found ourselves in need. When that happens, I cannot bring myself to get rid of the bottles. So I made them into handy totes!

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

To make this recycled water bottle washi tote, gather these materials:

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

  • Empty clean water jug/ bottle
  • scissors (not your good sewing scissors!)
  • hole punch
  • decorative tape (I used washi. you could use any tape: duct, washi, masking, cloth. etc)
  • rope (I used laundry line from this project. You can use any rope, ribbon, string you would like)

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

After removing label (if there is one), decide how large you would like your container, and then cut your bottle in half.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

It should look something like this.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

It will be sharp, so take your tape, and go around the outside of the rim. Make sure to leave some to fold down to the inside. Cut off  the excess.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Pinch it down, so the tape is enclosed around the edge.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Punch holes (I did two on opposite sides).

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Thread a piece of rope/ string through the two holes, and knot them. Repeat with other side and another piece of rope/ string.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Fill with whatever you want! Really they are great for holding all sorts of things, from wash cloths to….

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

possessed hamster toys.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Really, anything that needs to be organized.

Because they have handles, you can hang them from hooks, or just tote around.

What have YOU made today?

Where you can find my tutorial today: Hemming a Circle Skirt

circlepreview5m

You can find me today over at Sew Mama Sew sharing my tutorial for hemming a circle skirt! I have it down, now, and actually enjoy hemming them!

circlepreview2m

Plus it gave me an excuse to make another one of these. I used the Amaryllis Dress (affiliate link) by Blank Slate Patterns (like the one I made here).

circlepreview3m

I love this pattern so much. And that fabric? I found it on clearance, for $5/yard! This pattern takes a surprising amount of fabric, so getting it at that price was so helpful. circlepreview4m

If you would like to learn how to hem a circle skirt (or curved hem), hop on over to Sew Mama Sew!

circlepreviewm

 Happy Tuesday!

I am going to be reminding myself what day it is all day today. Ha!

 

My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.

Felt Egg Tutorial

I made something I can use instead of the plastic eggs!

Felt Eggs Pouches

You need:

  • Felt rectangles
  • Pinking Shears (optional)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Ric-rac or other embellishments (optional)
  • Sewing machine (or hand-sew: more power to you!)

This is extremely easy

First you take two fabric rectangles the same size. Cut one in half across.

Then place both halves (slightly overlapping) on top of the solid piece.

Cut an egg shape with pinking shears. *I just eyeball these kinds of things, but I am sure you can find an egg template (or make one) to trace.

Next take the solid egg form and sew trim on right side.

Place solid egg form (with ric-rac) on top of the halved pieces (wrong sides together) and pin. Then, sew around the perimeter removing pins as you go.

Trim straggly edges with pinking shears again. and you are done!

Now stuff with treats and have the Easter Bunny place them in the appropriate baskets!

I also made a few without the slit in the back. Instead, they just have a hole at the top. All you do is skip the trimming-the-back-piece-in-half step. And remember when sewing around the perimeter to leave and opening!

You can make 2 or 200 or any number you want!

They are so quick and easy that you may want to make more.

And while you’re at it, you might want to create a small bunny out of an old cloth napkin. Or is that just me?

How are your Easter plans hopping along?

*****

I’m linking to:

ILoveTrendyTreehousePolaroid