Make friends with the owners of your local coffee shops, because this is one project you'll be making more than once! My friend Derek owns a coffee shop a few towns over, and I was able to acquire some burlap coffee bags from him for some crafts. When I lived in Arkansas, I had a barista for a roommate and she used to bring home coffee bags by the box. I've used coffee bags to make these coasters:
and these placemats:
and more! I love using them. They're easy to cut, versatile, and adorably rustic.
Today I'm showing you how to make a DIY coffee bag tote out of one of these beauties. Unfortunately I don't have a step-by-step photo tutorial - this project was too big for my poorly-lit space, so I compromised and sketched it out in Sharpie for you. Let's get making!
- Burlap coffee bag (seriously, visit your local roaster or small coffee shop and ask!)
- Cotton fabric for lining
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- US J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends on handles
- Measure and cut your coffee bag and lining fabric. You'll be folding these lengths in half and seaming up the sides, so measure accordingly! Also be sure to cut your lining fabric a bit smaller than your coffee bag.
- Fold the burlap right-sides together, pin, and stitch up the sides.
- Press side seams open using hot steam iron. Fold top edge of burlap down, steam press, and hem.
- Fold the lining fabric right-sides together, pin, and stitch up the sides.
- Press side seams open using hot steam iron. Fold top edge down, steam press, and hem. Turn right side out.
- Keeping the burlap wrong-side out, slide your right-side-out lining over the burlap, aligning side seams and top edges. Pin in place.
- Crochet your handles! Using the twine and the crochet hook, chain 47. Work 3 single crochets in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across, work 3 single crochets in last chain, turn to work up opposite side of foundation chain, single crochet in each chain, join with a slip stitch to first single crochet. Now slip stitch through back loop only of each single crochet around, join with slip stitch to first slip stitch. Fasten off. Stretch out handles and weave in all ends. Easy, right?
- Wrong. This is the tricky part. Pin your handles where you want them to be, pinning the ends between the lining and the burlap. Tack your handles in place with a few hand stitches so you don't have to worry about them falling out of place. Very carefully stitch around using the machine. You may want to change to a heavier duty needle/presser foot - that twine is THICK.
- Trim all your ends, fold your tote bag right-side-out, and voila! You made a super cute tote from a coffee bag! Great job!
If you make this, I'd love to see the finished results! Tag me on Instagram @melmariadesigns and use the hashtag #melmariadesigns under your photo so I can see. I may even share your photo on my feed! Happy making!