Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a fabulous week! Both my projects this week are featuring Spoonflower fabric. For those of you unfamiliar with the company, Spoonflower is a print on demand fabric printer. You can get virtually any photo or design printed on several types of fabrics. I have been quite impressed with everything I have ordered from them! I have been wanting to do a simple photo tote for a while now. I recently photographed a bunch of my vintage ceramics and tchotskies and I thought that some of them would be really sweet as an everyday spring tote bag. Designing the tote and sewing it was super easy! This is also a project you can do in an hour or so. It’s a lot of fun too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Lining Fabric like quilting cotton
*Leather strap (I used an old skinny belt)
*Rivets and hammer
Designing the tote fabric is pretty simple. Take two of your favorite photos and pull them into your photo editing program. My tote is pretty large so I knew it was going to need to be 1/2 yard of fabric. I resized my pictures to be 18X22″. Make sure that the design elements like faces that are important to keep are at least 2.5″ away from the edge.Now, you want to make a new file in photoshop to be the size of your fabric . I bought a yard which gave me enough for four pictures, or two bags. So since I wanted a yard, I made my new file to be 36×54″ at 150 dpi. Then once you have your pictures resized, you can just drag and drop your photos onto your blank page. Save your file. Then go to www.spoonflower.com to upload. You will need to click on create and then custom fabric. This will take you to the upload window where you can upload your design. Once the design is uploaded you can order your fabric. For more detailed help with Spoonflower’s site visit their design help page Here. Once you receive your fabric, you are ready to get started sewing. The tote I made is almost exactly like my valentine’s ombre heart tote, which you can see here for detailed instructions. The only difference is that this tote is slightly larger, and has one strap instead of two. When cutting your fabric out you will want to measure in 2.5 inches on each side at the top and draw an angle to the bottom from those lines if you want your tote to be angled in a little at the top like mine. I also left my sides open a half an inch at each side to insert my leather strap into the fabric instead of riveting it to the outside. You can add the straps however you like. Once you have added your rivets, you are ready to load up your new tote and go!
I absolutely adore my new photo tote! My mom and sister love it to and are trying to steal it from me. I may just have to make a couple more to appease the tote bag hoarding women in my family! This little tote was so fun to make and it whipped up really fast as well! I love how customizable this project can be! You can change-up the design, just by changing up your pictures. Scan in pics of your children’s artwork and make a special tote for them, make a collage of favorite family photos, or even showcase your best furry friends. The possibilities are endless! I hope I have inspired some of you to give this project a try! And definitely go check out Spoonflower’s website! You’ll love it!