Re-usable grocery tote with sass

Starting January 1, 2012 we can no longer use plastic grocery bags in our hood. We have the option to purchase paper bags or bring our own re-usable. I totally support this movement toward improving our environment but of course I went to the grocery store yesterday and forgot my effing tote bags.

Since my mom loves family pictures and she lives in the no-plastic-bag zone I ordered her a Custom Photo Tote from Zazzle for Christmas. I was a little disappointed when I got it, the photo quality was just okay (I’d recommend a close up of fewer people for this) and the bag was really plain.

Photo tote bag from Zazzle














I still liked the idea of the bag but I wanted to sass it up so I went to Joann’s Fabric store and found tons of cute buttons and these felt flower cutouts. They came in seasonal colors, I picked fall colors because they are my moms favorite and they worked well with the colors in the photo.

Felt flower cutouts

I arranged the felt flowers around the photo before I sewed anything to make sure that I liked the arrangement. I liked the idea of the border being organic in shape so I didn’t try to line things up too perfectly. I don’t have a tricky button sewing machine so I did it by hand while watching HGTV. Here’s how it turned out…

Tote bag with flower border

This entry was posted on 01/3/12 and is filed under inspiration, random goodies.