Monday, March 8, 2010

Inspiration Tote Bag

I finally did it. I decided I would take a shot at Sankari's Verve Recycle Re-Use Re-Purpose challenge, so tonight after dinner I began digging through my cupboards/ closets to find something to 're-use'.

I came across a collection of canvas totes that I have never used and knew that it needed a facelift.

I received a beautiful card from a friend of mine a few weeks ago and on it was a pretty crocheted flower that she had made herself. Since I have crocheted for years I decided that if a beginner crocheter could make a flower, then so could I. Well, they came in handy for this project.

I stamped my leaves with the set Inspired by Nature, using Mellow Moss craft ink. Next I added corduroy buttons to the center of my flowers and used a hot glue gun to attach to the tote.

Next I stamped my word 'Inspiration' to the top of my tote using Really Rust craft ink. The reason I stamped inspiration is so that I can hang the bag near my workspace and any ideas I come across that I wish to try in the next month I can print (or tear out of a magazine) and place in my Inspiration tote.

Next I added a few more corduroy buttons to the front of the tote and finally I added some matching grosgrain ribbons around the handle.

Now I have a cute little tote bag that I can enjoy and put to good use.

Thanks for a great challenge Sankari. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)


  1. OH MY NAME!!! Margaret, this is incredible! You seriously need to add a new sideline to your business - creating personalized totes! I love it!
    And those flowers really are the perfect touch. I told you you could do it (grin!) Absolutely beautiful - Way to go!!

  2. Such a beautiful bag. Thanks so much for playing! :)

  3. this is a WOW bag!! I have a zillion bags, but none I can re-create like this1 TFS!

  4. That is a great project! Love it!

  5. Great job!!
    Hey - I noticed you're teaching a couple classes through Continuing Education ~ way to go!!