DIY: Chic summer tote bag

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DIY expert Kristen Turner of Glitter ‘N Glue shares a step-by-step guide on how to make your very own beach bag. With just scissors and some rope, you can transform everyday objects — like placemats — into something unique.

Making a tote bag out of two placemats why not? I spotted these ikat placemats ($3, target.com) and thought they’d make a perfect tote bag. Now that the weather is nice, I’m always on the hunt for a bag to hold all my summertime swag.

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  • Two placemats
  • Rope
  • Stapler
  • Four grommets
  • Scissors
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1. Place the two mats together so that the prints are facing each other. Use a heavy duty stapler to staple 3 of the 4 sides together. A quick hand stitch or a trip on the sewing machine will work, but a stapler is a suitable alternative.

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2. Flip your placemats right-side out.

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3. Now, use a marker to prep your bag for your grommets. I suggest about an inch away from the bag's edge. Use your scissors to cut a hole big enough to slip your grommet through.

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4. Use your grommet setting tool to set your grommet in place.

(Note: Grommet tools are so easy to use. A kit can be picked up at your local fabric store for a few dollars. Be sure to follow the directions that come with your kit, but if you like me! throw away your kit instructions and need a little assistance, click here for a helpful video.)

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Use a hammer to place your grommets.

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5. To make your handle, slip the rope through the grommet and secure it with a double knot.

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6. Slip the other end of your rope through the opposite grommet and repeat the knotting process.

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7. Now stuff your bag with all of your summer necessities!

For more fun and easy DIY tutorials, visit GlitterNGlue.com and Kristen's YouTube channel.

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