Make-a-tote

How To : Grow plants with a homemade hydroponics system

This is Hydroponics: At Home for Beginners. To build a home hydroponic system, you will first need to acquire a storage tote tub at any local store. That's the first big step, then everything from then on gets easy... well, almost. There's actually a lot of work to accomplish ...more

How To : Make a tote bag with recycled fabric

The helpful folks over at Threadbanger take today to teach us how to make a tote bag. And not just any tote bag, but one made from recycled material. It's stylish, environmentally conscious, and...actually that's it. Just those two things.

How To : Make handbags and carryalls from recycled jeans

Do you have an old pair of jeans that you don’t want to throw away but aren’t sure what to do with? Learn how to make a handbag, a pocket purse and a tote bag from recycled jeans in this free fashion video series. Part 1 of 24 - How to Make handbags and carryalls from recycled ...more

How To : Make a fabric pouch or small clutch purse

In this video, learn how to make a pouch. This fabric tote is perfect for a small clutch, or carrying toiletries like makeup and accessories from place to place. Whatever you wish to use it for, there is no doubt that this purse is adorable, so check out this clip and learn to ...more

How To : 11 Cool Ways to Reuse Old Jeans

Do you have a bunch of old jeans that no longer fit you or are too outdated to wear in public? If you are handy with a sewing machine, the possibilities for upcycling your jeans into something crafty are endless. You can update your old denims into a jean tote bag, yoga mat ba ...more

How To : Make a paper turntable

Okay, this is one of the coolest eco-friendly projects we've ever seen. If weaving plastic bags into a reusable tote bag is not your thing, then maybe this is. Check out the video to learn how to build a paper turntable made entirely out of reused materials. It's chic, very i ...more

News : Chopper Brothers Build Haiti's First DIY Helicopter

Three Haitian brothers, with no training of any kind, have constructed a working, flying helicopter. Total cost? 45,000 Haitian dollars, which comes out to approximately 1100 American bucks. Their chopper is the first helicopter to every be produced in Haiti. Inside Disaster ...more

How To : 12 Creative Ways to Reuse Old T-Shirts

Got a bunch of T-shirts you need to get rid of? Depending on how nostalgic you are for your high school choir club shirt or rock concert tee from your college days, you can cut up your former threads into a dishrag or gym headband. Or, just memorialize those tees forever as f ...more

How To : Upcycle a pair of blue jeans into a tote bag

Don't want to throw away that raggedy pair of old Levi's with small paint stains and random tears all over because it's stuck with you longer than your trusty 12-year-old jack russell terrier? We totally understand. Continue to use your favorite pair of blue jeans by watching ...more

How To : Sew a tote bag and make-up case

In this video series you're going to get started on making a fabulous tote bag with a matching make-up case. Part 1 of 12 - How to Sew a tote bag and make-up case. Sew a tote bag and make-up case - Part 2 of 12. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Sew a tote ...more

How To : Turn a t-shirt into a tote bag

Renewable fashion is a part of living a green and eco-friendly lifestyle. Instead of getting rid of old clothes and going out to buy something new, recycle things you don't like anymore into something you can use. This fashion how-to video shows a way of revamping a t-shirt in ...more

How To : Use puff foam for embroidery projects

Puff foam adds an outstanding element to your embroidery design, and help you 'stand out' in the crowd. Great for embroidering tote bags, sweatshirts, baby bibs, and much more. This embroidery instructional video will take you through all the necessary steps. Start embroidering!

How To : Make a handwoven cloth bohemian bracelet

Bohemian jewelry is all the rage in Hollywood. Stars pay literally hundreds of dollars to get their bohemian jewelry fix, but you don't need to spend more than a few bucks - if any - to tote around a beautiful piece. Check out this video to learn how to fabricate - quite lite ...more

How To : Make a sewing tote bag

In this video series our expert Terry Turco will show you how to make a sewing tote bag. She will show you how to make the pattern for the tote bag, mark the location of the handles, insert the handles, sew the bottom and the sides, and do a bit of slip stitching. Part 1 of 15 ...more

How To : Play Music With Your Mind

Tired of getting calluses from incessantly strumming along to 'No Woman No Cry'? Just hook up to the brain-music system and use your brain power to play a tune instead. I'm not talking—humming along in your head. The machine, created by composer and computer-music specialist E ...more

How To : Repurpose last season's skirt into a cute tote bag

Vintage is in right now, but that doesn't mean everything you can dig up in your mother's closet is fashionable (we're thinking her neon '80s balloon pants here). If you happen to find a skirt in her collection that's dyed a nice color but cut entirely wrong to look good on an ...more

How To : Make old t-shirts into tote bags

If you have kids, chances are you also have a pile of t-shirts that said rapidly-growing little ones have outgrown. Rather than throw them out or donate them, make them into something new! This video from Threadbanger will teach you how to sew two old t-shirts into a fun new t ...more

News : Fancy Bike Folds Into Handy Tote Bag

I'd take one of these: "Wallpaper commissioned a bike, two in fact, that could be broken down (using very clever and super-sturdy S&S couplers), packed in a bespoke bag and loaded on a plane, with no excess baggage charge, and taken with us wherever we went. The project pulle ...more

How To : Craft a magazine cutout woven magazine tote bag

Living organically and eco-friendly can be chic if you know how to play your cards. If you're a magazine reading fiend who has more issues now than can fit in Carrie Bradshaw's closet, then you can craft an environmentally friendly magazine bag to hold all your stuff. Watch t ...more

How To : Make 'Modern Boho' Work for Work

Most wouldn't think that "modern-boho" is appropriate for the office, but you can transform your gypsy garb into something professional and chic. In this video, Sydne Summer shows you how to do just that. Take cover If your maxi dress is sleeveless, cover up with a sheer long ...more

How To : Make a sturdy tote from plastic shopping bags

With only a few simple steps, you could be on your way to making an eco-friendly and fashionable tote! Put the plastic bags from grocery and retail stores to creative use by fashioning them into a sturdy tote. Step 1: Collect plastics bags Collect at least 30 clean plastic b ...more

How To : Repurpose an old skirt into an oversized tote bag

In this video, learn how to take things you find in thrift stores and repurpose them as cool, new items. In this clip, you will learn how to cut up a frumpy old skirt and turn it into an adorable, stylish oversized tote. This is a fun project that costs just a couple of bucks ...more

How To : Use a broken umbrella to make a tote bag

Broken umbrellas are all over the place. Blame it on the rain? Planned obsolescence is more like it—meaning the stuff is made to break. Carrying groceries never looked so good and reuseful. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started ...more

How To : Sew a crazy quilt Christmas stocking

This is a great project if you want to make something one-of-a-kind! It's a great gift idea as well. The principles behind assembling the "crazy quilt" fabric is that it can be used to make anything. This how to video tutorial demonstrates how to make a Christmas stocking, but ...more

How To : Make iron-on freezer paper stencils to decorate clothing

Learn a fun and easy way to decorate your clothes with these iron-on freezer paper stencils. This video will show you how to create stencils perfect for personalizing aprons, tote bags, or t-shirts. With these stencils you can make thoughtful gifts for all of your loved ones.

How To : Make a tote bag out of an old t-shirt

This video demonstrates how to make a tote bag out of an old T-shirt. For this project, you will need the following: scissors, a T-shirt, duct tape, a sewing machine, thread, and a leather sewing needle. First, cut off sleeves and the neck of the shirt. It will look like a tan ...more

How To : Attach the strap to a knitted felt tote bag

In this tutorial, we learn how to attach the strap to a knitted felt tote bag. Using a knitted cast on, cast on 35 stitches to where you want the strap to be. After this, use a crochet or knitting needle to pick up working yarn through the sts. Continue to work on your strap u ...more

How To : Craft silk fabric mini rose hair pins

The best part about this silk fabric rose craft is that you can use the mini roses for anything, from adorning your cashmere sweater as a brooch to pinning one on a tote bag to attaching one to a hair pin. Check out this DIY video for the how-to.

How To : Turn old bedsheets into shopping totes

Paper or plastic is a thing of the past; both options are equally terrible for the environment. With this tutorial, learn how to turn your old bed sheets into funky grocery tote bags. You will be the envy of everyone at the store with these adorable, homemade bags. You Will Ne ...more

How To : Make a simple tote bag

This is a great tutorial for making a simple tote bag from household items. Pick a basic fabric and you're on your way with a lightweight and versatile catch all for books, groceries, etc.

How To : Assemble a knitted tote bag with pockets

This video crafting tutorial shows how to assemble a knitted tote bag with pockets from pre-knitted pieces. The process of putting the bag together is demonstrated step by step. Learn how to construct a knitted tote bag by watching this instructional video. Part 1 of 2 - How t ...more

How To : Add personal embellishments to a tote bag

You're probably more than aware by now of the recyclable, reusable tote trend at most stores. Rather than waste a plastic bag, which is non-renewable, you tug along a few cloth tote bags to the store to put your purchases in. But, admittedly, most of these tote bags are prett ...more

How To : Craft a duct tape tote bag

Anyone can go to the store and buy a bag, but how many people are going to have a handmade duct tape bag? Show your creativity and style by choosing a wacky color and show up with this whimsical tote bag. You’ll have plenty of room to carry all your essentials in this stylish ...more

How To : Make an ombre style custom beach bag

In order to make an ombre style custom beach bag, you will need the following: a canvas tote bag, dye, gloves, a paper place, sponge brush, stencils, fabric paint, containers, white vinegar, and water. Fill a container with hot water. Allow the tote to soak in the dye for app ...more

How To : Craft an urban chic tote from waste fabric scraps

Chances are you have a pile of old, unused clothing lying somewhere in your house. You're sure as hell never going to wear any of it, but you also don't want to throw anything away just yet. So how do you eliminate the unsightly pile without completely tossing it into a trash ...more

How To : | 3 DIY Electronic Geek Chic Pieces for Him

Stand out from the high street fashion clones with stuff you’ve fashioned yourself. It’s easy to take old pieces of electronic junk and transform them into all sorts of fun ‘n’ funky geeky accessories. Like a totally useful tote bag, a what-on-earth-is-that wallet and a bedazz ...more

How To : Craft apple stamps

Here's a great craft project you can do with kids or in a classroom. You can use an apple half to stamp apple shapes onto everything from lunch bags to tote bags. This is an easy and cute project to do for the fall. Cover a lunch sack or a fabric tote with these mouthwatering ...more

How To : Craft a mini patterned clipboard

Clipboards may possibly be the most humdrum of office supplies. They're underwhelmingly plain, and serve no other function than holding a notepad steady. But these decorated patterned clipboards are beautifully stylish and you'll want to tote them around to more than just you ...more

How To : Make an ombre beach bag

This video gives us Missa from Fashion Club teaching us how to make a cute and simple ombre bag for the beach, or to use as a summery everyday tote bag. To create you will need a plain canvas tote bag, rubber gloves, liquid fabric dye, three medium to large plastic containers ...more

How To : Have a Perfect Denim Shopping Day

Don't be afraid to go denim shopping. Preparation is the key! If you get all your ducks in order before going, you can come home with the perfect pair of jeans. Wear the proper clothes Wear layers for easy on/off and slip on shoes. Don't forget a bottle of water for hydration ...more

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