Tote From Ikea Rug

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1 Hour
A roomy tote made from a $3.99 Ikea rug? You bet, and it's durable and hip!
These roomy totes – made from $3.99 Ikea rugs – are my favorites. They are not only super easy to make, but they are durable and funky and beautiful. Can you tell I love them? 

Fold the rug in half, then stitch the two side seams (twice). 
 Next, with the bag inside out, open the seam and at each bottom corner, about 3″ down from the tip, make a horizontal stitch (as shown below.) Stitch over the seam a second time for reinforcement. Do this for each of the two corners.
When you turn the bag right side out, you will see that a “bottom” has formed. 
The leather straps I purchased from Amazon measure 3/4″ wide and 50″ long. By cutting the strap in half with a rotary cutter (for leather), you will have two straps, each measuring 25″. This is perfect for one bag. 
Next, using a  leather punch, make two or three holes in both ends of each strap, about 1/2″ apart.
Using waxed cotton cording (used for jewelry making), stitch the handles onto the bag. You could also use embroidery thread, but I find the waxed cording to be very strong. I spaced the handles about 8″ apart.
You’ve actually finished the bag now, but embellishments always add a whimsical touch. An added tassel lends a sweet Boho flavor. I also decided to embroider monograms on my bags. And I used dark leather straps for one bag, to compliment the bronze colored monogram.
I used dark leather straps for one bag, to compliment the bronze colored monogram.
Resources for this project:
3/4″ wide leather strap, 50″ length
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