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Guest Project: Hand Towel Tote Tutorial

Hey all you Tatertot & Jello eaters readers!!
It is such an honor to be part of Jen’s fabulous blog this today…she truly is such an inspiration to me!
My name is Kami, from Sweet Charli Boutique & Blog.
I love crafting anything from accessories, to home decor, to refashioning clothes, and baking/cooking! Come over and visit when you get a chance – I always love new lookers!
I have been on a handbag kick lately…mostly ones I can make from what I have at home. Today I am sharing my Hand Towel Tote Bag Tutorial. I hope you all enjoy it!

Thanks Jen, for inviting me over!

~Hand towel tote tutorial!~

I got my inspiration for this project from Martha (yes, Stewart – but I feel like her and I know each other on a first name basis!)

I tweeked mine a bit. Here are the original ones that were on her website:
Here’s the before and after:
Okay now on with the tutorial!!
What you need:

used or new hand towel
sewing machine
bamboo handles
15 minutes – no, I’m not kidding!

1. Take your hand towel off of your rod and wash it!
This towel came already with these darling ruffles on it! Don’t you love them? I think they came from Target.
If you don’t have a towel you want to use from home, buy them super-cheap at Ross or T.J.Maxx

2. Fold in half inside out and sew about 1/2 in. seam

3. Turn right side out

4. Now get your bamboo handles

5. Place your handles on the inner part of your purse and fold the ends in over them. Make sure to eye the handles to the center of the top of the bag. Pin.

I hand-sewed the handles on since I am still a beginner sewer and all!
And you’re done!
I added flowers to mine, but it looks cute without too.
I just took my little girl’s old washcloth and cut into circles, then layered them on top of each other for the flowers!!

This bag is great for taking to the pool, boating, or even to the mall for a summer look!

This bag was chosen as Amanda’s pick over at:
Visit thecsiproject.com

Such a great project Kami!
Here’s a button for sharing the tutorial with us!
Kami’s blog is full of inspiration like: 

Be sure to go over to Sweet Charli Boutique & Blog and say hi!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


  1. missDDT says:

    Love it and linking today as an Innovative Gift! 😀

  2. Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    That is so creative Kami. How fun for summer. Thanks so much to both of you, I'll be linking.

  3. Angela @ A Mama's Two Cents Worth... says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and linking up my current giveaway

  4. Sherry Goodloe says:

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I think I may even be able to make one of those gorgeous bags from a towel or two *hee hee*

  5. Kami @ Sweet Charli... says:

    Thanks for letting me guest post today, I feel so honored! :)

  6. How stinkin' cute! That would be a perfect little beach bag! so summery!

  7. That is adorable! I agree with lining it with a water proof material. I'd love to try it…those towels are darling!

  8. What fun bags! perfect for the pool or beach!

  9. The Blonde Duck says:

    How cute!

  10. Donna@AffordableAccents says:

    Love the bag!!!

  11. Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies says:

    I love the ruffles on that cute towel. It really adds to the whole project. Looks simple enough for a beginner at sewing.

  12. Country Dreaming says:

    Really cute and looks easy to make!


  13. gmontalvo13 says:

    super cute!

  14. ellie g says:

    Yay! I love Kami. And this bag is so stinkin' cute!

  15. sydney @ memorable minutes says:

    I LOVE it. I'm always looking for an excuse to use those cool handles. I see a pool/beach bag..just line it with some waterproof lining. smart smart girls! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Love Stitched says:

    such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  17. the thrifty ba says:

    i love that the 'before' photo the towel was on the hook in the bathroom! cute idea!

  18. Love the bag..

  19. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Super cute bag! It looks easy enough that even I cold try it. 😉

  20. Adorable, just adorable!!
    Thanks, Nancy