diy tank top tote…!!

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DIY: Old Tank Top To Beach Tote Bag

No need to throw away those old tank tops that are starting to sag (ahem)…just turn them into stylish totes! Very clever tutorial

Before you pack away your summer clothes for the winter, you might want to set one of your tank tops aside to make one of these easy totes. The best kind of tank tops to use for this project are ones that have front and back necklines that are the same height—or very close. Otherwise, your tote bag will be lopsided. The brown tote is reversible, so the pockets can be on the inside or outside. I made that tote small because the straps were thin and wouldn’t hold a lot of weight. The magenta tank top had a gathered neckline in front and back, so a gathered bottom was ideal. A pink store-bought flower pin finished it off.

How to make a tank top tote with six pockets
Supplies and tools

tank top
straight pins
water-erasable fabric marker
sewing machine and thread
fabric scissors
seam ripper
sewing gauge or ruler

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1. First remove the tags with a seam ripper or scissors.
2. Turn the tank top inside out.
3. If your tank top has a bra liner, cut the elastic off the bottom of it.
4. Fold so that the straps lie on top of each other.
5. Fold the bottom of the tank over itself. This will become the pockets.
6. Pin in place, making sure the seams line up. Mark where you want the seams in between each pocket with pins or an erasable fabric marker.
7. Using a stitch that stretches with knit fabric, such as the triple straight stitch, sew the seams that divide each pocket. Make sure the bra liner is lying flat before sewing. Back-stitch to lock the seams.
8. Sew the bottom together about 1/4 inch from the edge. Back-stitch to lock the seam
9. Turn the tote bag inside out so the pockets will be on the inside—or leave it as is.

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How to make a gathered tank top tote
Supplies and tools

tank top
straight pins
water-erasable fabric marker
sewing machine and thread
fabric scissors
seam ripper
sewing gauge or ruler
flower pin

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1. First remove the tags with a seam ripper or scissors.
3. Fold so that the straps lie on top of each other. Measure and mark where you want the seam to be. I placed mine five inches from the bottom of the tank top.
4. Baste two rows (about 1/4 inch apart) along the line you marked. Do not back-stitch. Then pull the bobbin threads tight as you slide the fabric inward to gather it. Then use a straight stitch with a shorter stitch length and sew between the two basted seams. Back-stitch to lock the seam. Pull out the basted seams.
5. Cut off the excess fabric about 1/2 inch past the seam.
6. Turn the tote bag right-side out.

(yapins.com)

Have Fun:)

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