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!
Reason 13,372,538,393 to learn how to sew! LOL
HollyMann3 years ago
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!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
So nice! I love doing this to funky tops from thrift shops!
Oh so cute - the gathered bottom makes it looks very nice!