Upcycle Craft | Tote bag from Jeans and Sheets with link to tutorials

*Warning--this is going to be a rambling post!~~with lots of catching up, but a great link to some tutorials at the bottom. And truthfully, this is how my brain works on a daily basis. Welcome to the inside of my head!*
 Remember when Jaycee and I did the craft when we were drawing on fabric with the permanent markers I drew a butterfly design onto a piece of denim left over from a pair of jeans that I had cut off.   The scraps were left over from cutting off a pair of jeans to look like the pair in the Daily Fashion Post that was supposed to be my inspiration for my mommy/son date with Logan.  That outfit had a pair of cut-off jeans rolled on the bottom.  So, I cut off a pair of jeans that I bought at a thrift store. Here's what my outfit ended up looking like.  How close do you think I came to my inspiration?
When Jaycee and I were looking for fabric to draw on, I pulled out those scraps of denim.  Once I started drawing,  I came up with the idea to make a little tote for Jaycee.  I drew on the light side of the fabric.  So, I pictured in my head sewing the patch onto a dark denim tote.  

I knew I wanted to line it.  So, I searched through my fabric scraps again to find the fabric to line it.  I ended up choosing the sheets that I have been using for everything.  Here is a list of crafty things I've used the sheets for in the past. 


And I still have lots of sheet left to do more things with!  In fact, I have an idea for a skirt.  And one of the pillowcases from this set was supposed to become a pillowcase dress. . . . it still hasn't happened.  Can you believe how many things you can do with one set of queen-sized sheets?  

Back to the tote!!
After I finished my butterfly design, I cut two rectangles out of the dotted sheet fabric.  I used the dots as my guide.  I then cut two pieces of rectangle fabric out of the denim to match the size of the green dotted fabric.  I cut the seams out of the fabric to be the handles on the tote.  I didn't finish the straps in any way.  I thought it would be cute once the fabric started fraying.  
I sewed the patch onto the piece of fabric that would be the front of the tote.  I didn't bother finishing the edges, because I wanted that to fray as well.
 At this point, I'm going to leave some links to tote tutorials, because I didn't take enough pictures while I was doing this to create a tutorial.  But, I have found some amazing tutorials for you!

Skip to my Lou has a post with links to several great tote bags.  Cute ones!!  I might have to do a little more sewing this weekend!  The number 6 tutorial on this list is particularly good for making a basic lined tote bag.
10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials | Skip to my Lou

Here are some more pictures of our tote bag.  Mine has several sewing mistakes, but I still think it turned out pretty cute for a quick weekend project!

Do you like reusing things and coming up with new ways to use them?

And just in case you think I'm kidding about my "about me" . . . here's what my laundry looked like while I was doing this project,  Inspiration comes first!

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