Quick Craft: Adding Pockets to a Tote (without sewing a thing!)

Today I’m at SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City surrounded by 500 other talented crafty bloggers learning, creating, and celebrating the friendships we’ve made because of blogging… so I decided to team  up with Abbey from The Cards We Drew and a bunch of other bloggers to create “Crafts in a SNAP” {15 Minute Craft Ideas} so that ANYONE, whether beginner or seasoned pro, can learn to create fun and handmade items in no time at all!

I decided to share a quick update to the tote bag I’m lugging around here at Snap– but be sure scroll down below to check out some of what my blogging friends have to offer!! Have fun and get creative!

I love me a good tote bag. What I do not love is that they pretty much never have pockets and all my things slosh around. So I decided to remedy that.

how to use scrap fabric material to make no sew pockets

I got this amazing tote from Emily McDowell on Etsy to take with me to Snap! (a DIY/craft blogging conference- more to come on that soon) and decided to add a few little pockets so I’d have a spot for my business cards, chapstick, etc.

Supplies:

  • adorable tote
  • adorable fabric (I just used scraps I already had)
  • hem tape, scissors, iron, damp cloth

iron on hem tape fabric in a canvas tote

To do:

  • cut fabric into squares of your desired size (I just laid out all the things I would want to put in them, then cut an inch around that)
  • iron your fabric and tote so it’s wrinkle free
  • fold in the edges of your fabric (so the frayed cuts don’t show) then turn your canvas inside out and hem tape it on with your iron
  • marvel in your amazingly organizeable tote

no sew pockets for a canvas tote

The end! Doesn’t get much easier than that 😉

easy scrap fabric pockets

Pin it so you don’t forget it! 🙂

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Be sure to check out what a bunch of my new blog friends have to share as well:
Crafts in a SNAP 15 Minute Craft Ideas

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DIY Remote Pouch

Today I’ve got a realy quick and easy project for you all: a DIY no-sew remote pouch.

We have 3 remotes in our bedroom- one for the tv, one for the DVD player, and one for the Roku box. All of them have been stored on the bookshelf we use as a tv stand, and that was really messing with my ability to style those shelves so clearly something had to be done. I decided to make a pouch to stick on the side of the bed so we could store the remotes there instead.

To do this you will need:

  • fabric of your choice (and actually, a cloth napkin or placement would probably do the trick)
  • velcro
  • hem tape

To make:

  1. Lay out your fabric with your remotes on top and cut enough so that you can fold the fabric up from the bottom and completely cover the remotes, then give yourself an extra inch or two to create a flap
  2. Iron your fabric to get rid of any wrinkles then using your hem tape iron in the sides to create a fray-free edge
  3. Once your sides have been hem taped, fold your fabric up (leaving that two in flap out of it) and use your hem tape to attached it all into a pouch
  4. Fold the flap over and iron it to create a seam- don’t hem tape it, you’re just doing this to train the fabric to lay flat
  5. Add velcro to the back and stick it to the side or back of your bed!

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I designed the pouch so the remotes could either stand up straight or lay on their side, it’s only about 6 or 7 inches long and a bit wider then that. I didn’t take any measurements or take care to make the lines all absolutely straight because this is going to be hidden anyway.

 

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If you don’t already have velcro strips lying around your house I recommend you buy a big ol’ box of them. I use velcro for freaking everything- even hanging pictures sometimes. It’s DIY gold.

 

 

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I didn’t take care to make this particularly gorgeous or perfect because it will always be hidden by the comforter when the bed is made, but it does the trick and Matt loves it.

 

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It doesn’t make the prettiest pin, but it does the trick 🙂