I picked this dishtowel up at a yard sale the other day for a song, and even though it doesn't match my blue kitchen I figured something could be done with it. Today that something got whipped up. A tote! I am a minimal work, maximum results kind of gal, so making a tote bag without cutting the fabric or hemming the edges? Perfect.
All you need is a dishtowel, one of the heavier ones, I wouldn't recommend the worn out (but pretty) vintage ones. However, if you really wanted to, you could just double up a flimsy towel with a durable one as the lining.
And a length of cotton or nylon strap.
Make sure your towel is clean and ironed. If you want to be creative and add appliques or pockets, do so now.
Fold the towel in half and stitch the sides.
Turn the bag inside out...
....and fold it so the seam is down the middle
Take a point and pin a few inches from edge.
Sew along the pinned line, repeat on the other end, and turn right side out.
Now take a length of strap, just make it whatever length you're comfortable with, and fold the edge under.
Pin each end of the strap to the bag, one side on front, and one side on back.
Stitch an hourglass using this guide, this will assure more strength for the strap.
Ta da! See how easy that was? Now go make some for your friends. Personalize them. They will be impressed.