Better Budgeting: Tote Bag Decorator Pillow

Tote Bag Decorator Pillow

Frugal Crafts and Homemade Gifts (featured column)
Submitted by Cindy Bailey 

Tote bag decorative pillow

I picked up this tote at the dollar store because it fit in with my country living room. I reused filling from an old pillow and whipstiched the opening. I even tucked in the straps so I can re-use it as a "green" grocery bag when I get tired of the pillow. Total cost: $1! You can find totes for even less at garage sales and thrift stores.

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MATERIALS:

Tote Bag to match your decor, (mine was 14  x 16 inches)
Fiberfill
Sticky Back Hook and Loop Tape, such as Velcro, (OR needle and thread)
Buttons or other embellishments, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Turn straps inside** and fold over 1/2-inch seam allowance. Attach stick back Velcro now if you are using it.

2. Carefully fill tote bag.

3. Close opening with Velcro or whipstitch it with coordinating thread.

4. Add buttons or other embellishments as desired.

** If you are making this for a small child, please cut off the straps just to be on the safe side.

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