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How to Turn Old Sheets Into Shopping Totes

Watch more Easy Sewing Projects videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Turn old sheets into fun and functional shopping totes. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Make pattern Make a pattern for the tote on the paper and measure two 9- by 3-inch patterns for the handles. Then cut out the patterns with the scissors. Tip Try using pillowcases. Since the sides are already sewn together, it's half the work. Step 2: Fold sheet in half, place pattern, and pin Fold the sheet in half on the cutting mat, and place the tote and handle patterns on the sheet with the pattern's bottom edge at the sheet's fold. Pin the pattern to the sheet. Step 3: Cut tote bag and handles Cut your tote bag and handles from the sheet using the pattern edges as a guide. Do not cut the fold. Remove the paper patterns and re-pin the bag pieces with the right sides together. Step 4: Sew seams of tote, open, and iron Sew ?-inch seams on each side of the tote. Do not sew the folded edge. Then open the seams and iron them flat. Step 5: Fold and iron top to make hem Fold the top over 3/8 of an inch and iron. Then fold the top over ? inch and iron again. Sew along the top edge, close to the edge of the hem. Tip If your iron has a steam function, add distilled water and iron with steam for a sharper edge. Step 6: Fold and iron handles Open each handle at the fold and lay it flat. Fold ?-inch of each side of both handles, and then iron. Then fold the sides another ?-inch and iron again. Step 7: Hem handles Hem the edges of each handle and turn the bag right side out. Step 8: Pin and sew handles Pin and sew the handles to the bag using the tote's top edge as a guide and making a ?-inch seam. Did You Know? Did you know? Celebrity chef Paula Deen started her career as "The Bag Lady," delivering bag lunches to customers in Savannah, Georgia.
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