Make It: A DIY Mesh Beach Bag!

by Capree K
Make It: A DIY Mesh Beach Bag!

Summer is in full swing and whether you're hitting the beach, the lake, or your local swimming pool, we've got the DIY project for you: a stylish mesh beach bag!    

Pascal Mestdagh from the fabulous blog Between the Lines shares this easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own beach bag, including an optional zippered pouch if you're feeling particularly ambitious -- check it out!

(My favorite part of this project? The brilliant and highly clever re-use of window screen material for the mesh!)

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DIY Yourself a Typographical Tote

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Yourself a Typographical Tote

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one for ripping off someone else's great idea for personal gain.  However, taking the essence of this typographically delightful tote and making a unique bag for your own green trips to the market might not ruffle the ethics committee.  The Little Factory sells a limited selection of typographical paraphernalia for your writing, blogging, reading and digit doting friends.

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How to Make a Garden Tote

by DIY Maven

Backyard Living gives us the low down on how to whip up a garden carry-all. Outfitted with pockets on one side to tote your tools, seeds while the center part can hold the big stuff, like your knees-y. It could be a great gift for the gardening dad for Father's Day! To make one, you'll need:

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Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

A trip to World Market or Pier One and you can't help but get inspired by the gorgeous placemats they stock.  Cut and finished pieces made from vibrant fabrics, and oh, the many ways to use them! Over on Dollar Store Crafts I found this makeup brush roll made from a sequined placemat with straight stitching and grosgrain ribbon. See more ideas of things to make using placemats

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Teenage Mutant Sewing Turtles

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/21/08

Five Day Turbo Sewing Camp for teens just finished yesterday.  I say Turbo because they learned how to use the machine in two hours and spent four days (two hours each) sewing, jamming the machines, designing and giggling.  It was hard to keep them supplied with fabric.  Even though it was too short to teach them the perfect sewing skills, they got the feel of the machines and discovered they could create some sweet stuff on the sewing...

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How to Turn a Tote Bag into File Tote

by DIY Maven

How to Turn a Tote Bag into File Tote

Portable file totes are a great way to store papers, but they’re generally very utilitarian. However, if you want a more attractive and inexpensive alternative, you might want to convert a straw handbag or basket into a personal file cabinet. The whole process took me about ten minutes and cost–no kidding–$2.50.

 

What you’ll need:

A straw tote or basket that will accommodate letter or legal-sized manila file folders (I found the perfect straw tote...

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