Tote Bag Made Out of Toilet Paper Rolls





Introduction: Tote Bag Made Out of Toilet Paper Rolls

Step 1: Make the Links

Good ratio for this weaving technique is 1: 4 so I cut up toilet paper 1.5 cm (5/8 in ) wide.

Step 2: The Pinwheel

Make the first pinwheel by wrapping 4 links, one after another and lock the 4th link inside the first one.

Step 3: Adding Pinwheels

You build the next pinwheel by adding 3 links on the right pinwheel.

Step 4: Build Rows of Pinwheels

Building my first row of pinwheels for until I am happy with the length of bag or basket. I added a new row the top right moving back towards the left where the first row started.

Step 5: Three Rows of Pinwheel

Now its the perfect time to add 4 triangle corners to add height.

Step 6: Going Up With Your Rows

After 4 corners are in place, we can the fill the rows moving vertically to our desired height of the bag or basket.

Step 7: Time to Stop and Finish It Off

We can finish it off by folding the flaps and run through our woven basket or bag with needle and thread for extra support (optional if you just want the bag or basket to hold light items like yarn, etc). I thought about glue, double sided duct tape or staples, but I am very happy with needle and thread so far.

Step 8: Try Other Materials

I have tried other materials like milk carton, plastic boxes, magazines, newspapers and brown paper bag. My favorite still toilet paper or paper towel rolls since other materials require a lot more work just to get them ready as links.

Enjoy weaving!

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20 Discussions


It is pretty strong for handling grocery shopping or carrying magazines.

Thanks Greenman2,

I's say it holds 3 - 5 magazines. As long as it is dry. If you want to be extra strong and weather proof, you can wrap every single links with duck tape. I did it and it holds groceries and big fat laptop easy.

how did you attach the gray handle in the finished bag? by needle and thread?

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Hello smoody6,

so sorry for the late reply.

I had such a hard time responding through phone.

I used double duck tape to attach the gray ribbon.

Although I believe, if I need to really make it work and use it for day to day... I might seal the tote with sealant and then use stapler to attach it to the tote.

Good luck with your creation. Please send me picture!

This is extremely useful! I have like a ton of toilet paper rolls and tried to find a project to recycle them and puff! Just great thank you for sharing!

omg! I started keeping paper rolls in order to make some other diy project with it, but now that I've found THIS... hahahah, pretty sure I'm gonna make me a new bag first ;) I'd only need some color, hue or just saturation changed on some links. And I wonder which colors work best in this case.. sorry for my english!

Amazing work!!!

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I tried wrapping masking tape or duck tape around the links for colors. White duck tape lets us decorate the piece with colorful sharpie. Happy weaving!

Wow, thanks, nice idea! Also, I have this new car spray used only a little, so I guess I could combine...
Such an amazing idea you gave us ;)


I have not test this one by using it as grocery bag yet. However, I made a bunch wrapped in clear or colorful duck tape and the comment I received from the mom group I am in was the fact that the piece is very sturdy. It almost feel like I was holding baseball glove.

Can you varnish it or coat it with something to make it more wearher proof?

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Hello Steady Betty,

I have been too timid to try to varnish it. I went to Michael's and the staff told me to use Krylon shot cuts - craft/hobby paint. For a test. I wrapped toilet paper rolls with white duct tape before cutting them into 1.5 cm wide. It gets very sturdy, very flexible and strong and children loves it because they then can decorate the little squares with sharpie.

Very creative! Love it...

Sorry, that was supposed to be "weather"


I really love it, and I followed u