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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring Totes and Purses...

Now look at all the things you can buy at the Dollar Store for your Crafting!!

I have gathered everything together in a pile and roughly laid it out to see what I want to do with it.
  The lavender and blue (Spring and Easter colors) are mesh place mats.
  The matching ribbons were from the craft aisle and were $1 each for 4 yds.
  the blue and lavender butterflies came 4 in a pack.  
  As you can see, my plan is to make totes with ribbon handles and decorate them with the fabric and wire butterflies.  When finished, I will put them on my Etsy Shop.  But as I sew them, I will show you how to make them in the next post. 
The striped one is one I made last fall and will be just right for this spring colors.  The place mat was from Wal-mart and cost $3.  The embellishments are fabric flowers that I made with button centers and you can see them by looking at last fall's posts.  I have 4 of them and plan to offer those already made on my Etsy as a set of 4 all season totes for one economical price.

Next, these round pouch totes were $1. each at the $ store!  The star doilies came TWO in a pack for $1!!  I am going to sew the doily on one side and add a butterfly.  Just right for little hands to carry or teens to carry their essentials in! 

I love this Lavender one!! 
And last but not least, these photo mats came 3 and 4 in a pack.  I plan to draw, paint or put shells or buttons around the edges.
  They have a nice texture and will hold acrylic paints nicely to decorate.  Or you could personalize with a name with Marker if you are making for someone special. 
I sure hope you like all my ideas for creating on a shoestring budget and will come back as I finish them.

Have you visited your Dollar Store yet??  They should PAY ME-HA!  I am their best advertisement on line-tee-hee.

I hope I have inspired you and show me what you make if you use any of these suggestions, I would love to see!!

My Krafty heart to yours....


  1. You have wonderful ideas!!! Thanks!!!

  2. Fantastic! I tell you - oftentimes it does not pay anymore to make everything from scratch when embellishments and other items are so incredibly affordable at the dollar stores...I love shopping at the 99 cent store and I'm so glad I live too far away to be there all the time LOL but, alas, I think I may have a car next month (please, pray for me that it's in fair condition!)

    With love for you and your husband for a wonderful weekend together :-)

  3. Hi Kerrie! I've done placemat totes myself, but I'm LOVING the mesh ones you'll be making here! Beautiful colors, and the butterflies are perfect! Love your ideas for the round totes too.. They're going to be so CUTE! Hope you're enjoying the weekend! We're just so grateful we didn't get the snow we THOUGHT we were going to get. They told us a FOOT more, and we didn't get ANY!! We're all shocked, but we're NOT complaining! ~tina

  4. ..... I would not have thought of making mats into bags... Takes talent :))
    Love the colours so pretty..

  5. What a great idea for totes Kerrie! You are so crafty!


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