DIY.. Summer Totebag

I’ve been traveling alot again.. I hate to admit this, but since the beginning of June I have been to the following places – New York, Atlanta, a small town in New Jersey, Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, Orangeburg, SC and Toronto.. No joke.

A few months ago I had a similar crazy work schedule and created an airport code themed totebag. I  thought it was cute and in a weird way, a funny keep sake.. One day my travel schedule [hopefully sooner than later] will be MUCH slower and I will have the bag to remember..

One side of the bag was blank and I don’t like incomplete projects.  With finishing my big “tour”, this was the perfect opportunity to fill it in.  Can you guess the first round of airports codes? Main Front600px

Materials Needed:

  1. Fabric – Sew your bag! I made the bag myself and you can get the tutorial here.
  2. Link to the handle template here – Market-Totebag-Handle-Pattern-Piece.pdf
  3. Sewing materials – pins, needles, thread
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Iron and ironing board
  6. Freezer paper
  7. X-Acto knife
  8. Cutting mat
  9. Pens, ruler, paper scissors
  10. Tulip fabric ink – I really like this brand of fabric ink
  11. Sponges

I reduced the steps from before. These are your basic 6 steps for printing with freezer paper:

  1. Find your font and print it out. You may need to print a few versions to get the right size and placement for your bag. Place the paper under the freezer paper and trace. Trace with the shiny side of the paper down
  2. Gently cut out the words with an X-Acto knife on top of a mat. Place the shiny side down and iron onto your fabric. No Steam. Don’t pull the iron over the paper, lift and press. You want to make sure all the edges are firmly down
  3. Place cardboard under your fabric. Dab ink over the cut out areas. Make sure to dab very gently near the edges. Do not pull/push the sponges along the fabric – you do not want to lift the edges of the freezer paper. This will make the ink run!
  4. Continue to dab on surface area until it is all covered
  5. While the ink is still slightly wet, pull the freezer paper off the fabric. Use the tip of the X-Acto knife to pull the little centers off the letter Os, As, Bs..
  6. Using a whole punch, I added the little dots around the outside.  I think it makes the design look more finished

Once you have tried printing with freezer paper you will be hooked! I promise..

So, what do you think? Travelling this summer? Special destination like a wedding or reunion? Why not make a themed totebag today.

Happy sewing!

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16 Responses to DIY.. Summer Totebag

  1. Trish July 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    LOVE IT! These are sooo cute. Wow.

    • Haberdashery Fun July 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios July 20, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I love this idea! Our daughter has traveled so much. . . I should make something for her with all the airport codes of places she’s been!

    • Haberdashery Fun July 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      I agree, this is a fun keepsake for anything travel related – destination wedding, girls trip, family reunion.. The list goes on.

  3. Lindsey July 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I love this! It’s like a secret code! Can you post the tutorial to sew that bag next!? Found you on craftgawker right above my own project! (

    • Haberdashery Fun July 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Sure. I can post it next week. Thanks for stopping by. I will check out your blog

  4. Jonie July 27, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I saw this on Twitter. Very cool

  5. carissa July 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    what a fun idea!

  6. Krista @thehappyhousie July 31, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I really love this! The bag is so adorable and I absolutely love the airport codes… and freezer paper is such a great tip. Definitely going to use it!

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Inspiration Monday Party this week! I was so excited to guest host and to get to see so many fabulous new projects and blogs! Have a great week:)

    Krista @ the happy housie

    • Haberdashery Fun July 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      Hi Krista, Thank you so much for stopping by and the comments. Glad you learned something new!

  7. Beth K August 28, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    Nice bag! Skip the tracing step and run your freezer paper through your printer — first cut the freezer paper to 8 1/2″ x 11″.

    • Haberdashery Fun August 28, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Hi – thanks! I didn’t realize that was an option, or was to afraid to try it. Going to use my printer going forward – so much easier!! 🙂


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