I’ve started making some things for my shop again. There is some thrifted fabric in my stash that needs to be repurposed before I can go garage sailing again this year. I used a little bit of this tablecloth to make a small sock knitting basket a few years ago. Now I’ve gone in the opposite direction and made a big beach bag tote.

tablecloth beach tote

When I washed the table cloth, it lost a lot of the canvas-like stiffness that I liked, so I had to line it with something sturdy. I chose some heavy duty upholstery fabric to do the job.

tablecloth beach tote

I also tried something a little different with the gusset and added these vintage buttons on the side. Aren’t they cute? I love them!

tablecloth beach tote

I’ve got the rest of this tablecloth cut and ready for more totes. Not sure if I am going to make something different or make more of the same.

What do you think?

recycle: Tablecloth from the thrift store, lining from a garage sale, thrifted buttons. More photos in my shop.

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7 Responses to tropical tablecloth tote

  1. Kelly says:

    Love, love, *love* what you did with the gussets!

    The tote’s great. I vote for more…of course, the fabric’s cute enough for a skirt; guess I’m not much help. lol

  2. Nima says:

    wow…that looks lovely…beautiful fabric and awesome finishing

  3. Ramona Burke says:

    Those gussets are so cool! I’m totally copying them!!!!

  4. Jennifer Whetzel says:

    I want one in that print that’s sized for a lunch bag big enough for a few tupperware containers and my water bottle. Maybe 10h by 8w by 6d? Have enough fabric left? I like the long shoulder straps too so it’s easy to carry back and forth to the office. Same price? Love it!

  5. Sarah M says:

    love the gusset, super cute!
    Sarah M

  6. Love the bag! The fabric screams of summer!

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