Introduction: How to Make a Hand Bag From a Tank Top

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I was shopping in Wally’s World and I saw this pretty flowered Tank top on clearance.  I knew I could create a great hand bag with it so for $1.50 I bought it and took it home.  One day when I was on a sewing craze, I turned it into a wonderful hand bag.  So this is how I made it.

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Tank top
Sewing machine
Thread (matching or contrast)
¼ inch elastic
Straight pins

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I laid the tank top out on a smooth surface.  I realized that the back of the top was higher than the front. 

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So I folded the top in half, length wise,

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and cut away the extra material.  I was excited because this meant that I would be able to add a pocket to the outside of the bag.

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I clean finished the edge and sewed it down so that it would match the front of the tank.

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Next I refolded the tank so that the arm holes became the handles of the bag.

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With the small piece of material, I had cut off, I cut a pocket and pinned it to what would be the front of the bag.  I then sewed it down.  This pocket is large enough to hold my cell phone.

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Next I turned the tank inside out and folded up the bottom, about 4 inches.  I marked the places I wanted to sew lines that would create pockets in the bottom of the bag.  I made sure I didn’t sew a line up the center of the pocket I had sewn on the outside of the bag.

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To sew these lines so that they wouldn’t come loose at the top of the line, I sewed a little triangle.  To make this triangle, I stopped 3-4 stitches from the end, turned a 45° angle (+/-) and sewed 3 stitches, turned the material to parallel to the edge, sewed 6-7 stitches, turned to another 45° angle and sewed back to the main line, sewed back and forth a few stitches and then cut the tread.

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I decided that I wanted the bottom of the bag gathered, so I zig zagged stretched elastic along the bottom seam.  Instant gathering.

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Turn the bag, right side out and the bag is done. 

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I added a crocheted flower for adornment.  Yeah it looks great.  Enjoy!


ThisIsAUsername (author)2012-07-31

Reason 13,372,538,393 to learn how to sew! LOL

HollyMann (author)2012-06-11

Nice! You could also put some fusible interfacing in to make it more stable so it doesn't stretch out like crazy! But I always overfill my grocery bags!

scoochmaroo (author)2012-06-08

So nice! I love doing this to funky tops from thrift shops!

jessyratfink (author)2012-06-07

Oh so cute - the gathered bottom makes it looks very nice!

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