D.I.Y: upcycled tank top = toddler tote

Goooood morning friends! 
Sometimes you just want a really super.fast. really stupid.easy sewing project to accomplish... amiright?  Well today's the day.
We're going to upcycle a tank top into a toddler tote (travel bag/backpack.. thing).

 Supplies needed:
One tank top of choice (try to avoid the nasty white ones with those yellow pit stains...ugh).
Sewing machine
1. Turn the shirt inside out and fold lengthwise. SNIP a curved edge around the bottom, and cut out the top of the collar area.
2. SEW a tight seam all the way around the bottom, and the 'neck' area (seen here in blue stitching).
3. FLIP that bag right side out and marvel at creating something in 10 minutes flat! 
(Unless you want to be real fancy and line the inside, I won't stop you).
I wanted this to be a cute back.pack for my daughter... just stick her arms through the 'arm holes' and she's ready to go.  But how/what you use this for is super flexible:
beach bag
grocery tote
project bag
casual purse
diaper bag

She makes it look pretty darn cute, don't you think?

Happy upcycling friends!
And no worries if you're a sewing novice... you've got this one in the bag,

Mel ;o)


  1. Hi,
    My name is Elvira.My husband is working together with your husband at Sticklings Bakery ;-)
    I love it.
    What a nice and practical idea!!!Elviraxoxo

  2.  Yes hello Elvira!  Nice to 'meet' you here... thanks so much for stopping in, glad you liked it! ;o)

  3. Make something in 10 minutes? My favorite sort of project! Winnie would love this! She's always got a bag for her phone and her camera and then of course, her baby's got to go everywhere too :) I think this bag would fit all of her necessities and could be used as a baby carrier too.

  4.  heheh.. its definitely a quick 'fix' for my sewing addiction!  Hope Winnie gets a cute one out of the deal! ;o)

  5.  THANKS Steph!! ;o)

  6. Mel,
    Tthis toddler tote is adorable!
    Now to find a tank top.....


  7. THanks Shirley!  Good luck with the hunt.... ;o)


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