diy / summer tote bag

sewing summer totei mean it’s no secret i’m border line obsessed with the pineapple tote i sewed up couple of months ago. it’s so thailand-appropriate, light and most importantly sturdy enough to carry tons of stuff inside. when i took on sewing as a hobby i made so many pouches and tote bags that i can now make them with my eyes closed; no but really it’s probably the easiest sewing project and if i can do it so can you!

_ you can be as hot as you want #thailand, i’m not complaining (today). 👙🌴🍹 #huahin #vacay

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_ standing on a palm tree, 🌴

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_ it’s so hot just breathing is a workout, 😧😧

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_ #coffee: the most reliable assistant ever lived, 💁

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as much as i love pineapples i thought i’d give it a break and go for bananas instead for this diy project.

diy sewing tote bag(assuming you already have all the basic sewing tools) you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard canvas fabric
  • 54″ canvas strap
  • coordinating thread

diy sewing tote bag1. fold the fabric in half with right sides together. measure 19″ x 16″ and cut the three sides accordingly (the uncut side will be the bottom of your bag – the shorter side).

diy sewing tote bag2. cut 2 pieces of 27″ straps.

diy sewing tote bagat this stage you’ll have three pieces laid out in front of you.

diy sewing tote bag diy sewing tote bag diy sewing tote bag3. iron the top 1/2″ then iron it under another 1″ and pin it in place before sewing if necessary.

diy sewing tote bagdiy sewing tote bag4.  sew the top hems in place. with right sides of your fabric together sew down both sides of the bag (i prefer to serge the raw ends with zigzag stitch afterwards to avoid fraying).

diy tote bag diy sewing tote bag diy sewing tote bagdiy sewing tote bag5. lastly lay your fabric flat and measure 3 1/2″ from both ends and mark it. pin the straps to the hem of the bag (make sure both handles are equal length) and sew them in place! i use triple stitch for this part for extra strength.

diy sewing tote bag diy tote bagvoila! there you have it – a banana tote for this summer! easy right?

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  • Reply Elizabeth Lee

    This is so cute and creative. You should sell these babe! Love the concept and they’re so fun for spring/summer.

    Love, Liz

    April 20, 2016 at 3:56 am
    • Reply annie lee

      you’re so sweet haha thanks elizabeth :)

      April 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth T.

    Yes, finally a DIY post for this adorable bag <3 :D Haha your pineapple tote is one of my favorites! Thank you so much for sharing this great DIY~ Now, the only thing left is to make sure I don't get my hands caught in the sewing machine :P Hope you're having a great week so far Annie!

    XO, Elizabeth

    April 20, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply annie lee

      glad you like them too! it’s seriously my favorite. who needs brand names when you got pineapples right? no? LOL

      April 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Kandice

    The tropical vibes of the tote bag <3 is it durable? the ones from Khaosan aren't. The process is quite easy, and I'm guessing it's cheaper right? This is great DIY, briefly explained and creative :) Thank you for sharing! This will come handy one day :)

    April 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i’d say it’s pretty durable. i carry my laptop and 45678 other smaller pouches i carry in my usual bag and it seems to hold up fine!

      April 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Tenz

    Wow, I love this diy!
    I will defo be giving it a try.

    April 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks tenz! do give it a try – it’s seriously the easiest!

      April 21, 2016 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply artadorned

    That’s so cute love it. great job!

    April 21, 2016 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Valerie Price

    This is such a beautiful DIY! Great job!

    April 21, 2016 at 2:42 am
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    Love your totes, and it was fun to see how to make one, but to be honest, I know I’m too lazy. Have you considered selling those totes online? I would be your first customer!

    April 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha you’re so sweet! maybe one day when i get pro-er at it ;)

      April 21, 2016 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply LindaLibraLoca

    That looks so lovely! But I am a lost cause at DIYs, I would probably sew my hand together.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    April 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i just laughed out so hard LOL that’s my nightmare too. fingers crossed!

      April 21, 2016 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Samantha Mariko

    pineapples and bananas – they are both so cute and fun for summer!

    April 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Erica

    Aww this is the cutest! The pattern brings a smile to me face :) Thanks so much for sharing, will have to make time to make something as cute this summer ;) xx


    April 21, 2016 at 11:40 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      Hehe thanks erica – it’s such a happy tote isn’t it??

      April 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    ohhh this is definitely one of the cutest totes i’ve seen! I’ll have to give it a try. i’m terrible when it comes to sewing and DIY, so hopefully it turns out to be good haha :P (finger crossed!!)

    Tiffany x

    April 21, 2016 at 11:55 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      Hahaha you’re so kind to say that! With an artistic sense like yours i doubt you can be bad at it!

      April 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Trendmixblog

    I love this so much! As a fellow handbag designer I can really appreciate the work you put into this. The fabric pattern is so cute too! :)

    April 22, 2016 at 12:16 am
    • Reply annie lee

      Aww I appreciate that – I love enjoy seeing your DIY projects!

      April 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Christa L Sagmoe

    So cute! Totes are my must have accessory especially in the warmer months! ~ Christa

    April 22, 2016 at 4:45 am
    • Reply annie lee

      With a print like this definitely mine too! Teehee

      April 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply sileas

    I absolutely love your insta snaps (and your other photos too)! I can feel the summer popping out the screen :)

    April 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply mihaela

    this is really great,you have such a lovely blog! :D i hope you’re having an amazing day!


    April 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply mihaela

    this is really great,you have such a lovely blog! :D i hope you’re having an amazing day :D


    April 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply gail

    this is so cute! you should make and sell it! i love using tote bag, just like you said that we can put a lot of stuff in there lol

    April 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      That’s number one thing i look in a bag – such hoarders we are x)

      April 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Izzy

    Really fab, Annie, and you make it look so easy! I know I know, you’ll tell me it actually is – that’s until you see me screwing around with it and start rolling your eyes ;-) . Last time I did anything that resembled sewing was when I was eight and it involved some Barbie dolls ha ha.

    April 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      Hahahaha come on you can’t be that bad especially since you have experience with barbies ;)

      April 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Elisa

    Love this bag! And the fact that it’s DIY makes it even more special :)
    xx Elisa

    April 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      That’s the merit of DIYs i guess – every piece is unique :)

      April 26, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Yasmin

    This is such a fun DIY! All these fruity motifs are so fun to add to an outfit. I used to make things like this with my mom as a kid. Takes me back!

    xx Yasmin

    April 26, 2016 at 3:19 am
    • Reply annie lee

      Yeah? That sounds like fun times :)

      April 26, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Nevena Krstic

    I love both tote bags, they’re so cute! Thanks for sharing this DIY! You also look really lovely in your all white outfit :) xx

    April 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Mariko

    I love your banana tote. Seriously we both have such a thing for fruit prints. lol (I have a crazy strawberry top and pineapple phone cover).
    And the pictures are beautiful too.

    April 27, 2016 at 12:00 am
    • Reply annie lee

      Do you?? Hahaha maybe its Thailand doing something to us. Can’t wait to see more of your cute crochet projects hehe

      April 28, 2016 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Flo

    Super creative! Love banana patterns, they remind me of Warhol.

    By the way I’ve followed you on Blogloving, care to follow me on Google Friend Connect?


    April 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Shaira

    That is so cute!!! I love seeing cute items like this and I guess I’m gonna do it for myself too! :)

    SHAIRA // New Post

    April 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Waz

    Both of these totes are super cute! I gotta get myself some fun, tropical fabric to make my own. :D

    May 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    This is so cute, i have to make one for me <3

    Thanks from Best Bags for Women and Men 2016

    May 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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