Thursday, June 8, 2023

How to Make a Felt Tote Bag for Barbie, No-Sew Free Pattern

Like all of us, Barbie leads a busy life:@) And she likes to take what she needs while running errands or going on a day trip, as well as have room to carry extra little goodies back home. We've made a mesh grocery bag before, let's add a nice big, roomy, tote bag to the blog. This one is extra easy because we're using sturdy felt. The felt will give it a little body, and depending upon how you want to secure the sides, this can be a sew or no-sew project. It's up to you and your girl. I used hot glue.

Just had to add a working pocket...

We're into summer mode
here at DIY Barbie Blog😉
Nautical vibes...

✂What I did:
  1. Cut 5" x 3" piece of felt. You can make the bag as big as you'd like.
  2. Fold in half so it's 2.5" x 3". Hot glue each shorter side closed.
  3. Box the corners: Using your fingers, push back and fold each corner into a little triangle. Hot glue triangle back onto the seam. (Picture below.)
  4. Glue or sew handles to bag, you can do this either before you turn the bag inside out, or after. Handles can be anything you'd like, ribbon, jute, sewing trim, yarn, etc. Make them as long as you'd like. 
  5. Since it's all about the embellishments... I chose to turn my bag to the right side, added a little lobster pocket and glued jute handles to the outside of the bag. Very summery😎 As a point of reference, I cut two pieces of jute, 9" long for the handles. Suggestion: I don't like the open ends of the jute on the bottom of the bag... I'd keep the handles glued to the inside of the bag for a neater look.
Pic of boxed corners:

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