Over the last couple of years, I have felt compelled to purchase these packages of lawn chair webbing - you know the stuff.  There was something about the texture, the colors, the patterns.  Wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it, but felt that the plan would reveal itself in time.  One day I had the eureka moment - totes!  Totes for the market, totes for the beach, totes for the garden - whenever or wherever.  It seemed like the perfect idea - it would be a re-usable bag, it would be weatherproof, it would be strong - it would be recycled (or upcycled as the current lingo goes!)  I gathered together all my different colors and patterns.

I started by cutting equal lengths of the webbing and sewing the strips together.  This gave me a reinforced piece of "fabric" to construct the tote.  Since the edges don't fray, I didn't have to worry about finishing off the seams.  I went to work on my trusty Singer...

an aside - I love my Singer sewing machine...it is an old 1950's cast iron model that I have had for over 30 years - simple straight stitch - nothing fancy.  My mother taught me how to sew when I was young- I have sewed ever since.  I used to make my own clothes - now I mostly make art.  The machine is indestructible - I have used it to sew everything from silk organza to lightweight metal.  I took it with me to London and scoured the city to find the adapter plug so that I could use it without blowing up the flat.  When my mother passed away, I got her cast iron Singer - the machine I learned on - there is something to be said for the tried & true!

I used different colors to bind the edges and add the handles.

And voila!  A tote ready to take anywhere you want to go!

These totes will be for sale at my space at Faded Elegance -
stop by soon!


  1. Gorgeous! Will you be selling online? I might need to own one of these!!

  2. no, not online - only at Faded Elegance in Snohomish. but if you want one, email me and I'm sure we could work something out!

  3. absolutely too cool! I have many compelling collections myself and am always thrilled when they connect with a purpose. Good for you Amy!

  4. Well aren't you the smart one?! Those totes look terrific. Don't you love it when inspiration hits?

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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