Tote Bag Making Kit

made from rescued upholstery fabrics and swatches

There is a staggering amount of virgin materials that never make it to the consumer, as 15% of clothing fabrics end up on the factory floor. Other forms of virgin fabrics are showroom swatches used to show the variety of colors and patterns available for upholstered furniture. Discontinue, and outdated swatches end up in the landfills. As its the easiest way to dispose of unwanted goods.

Reusable Tote Bag Making Kit

With easy to follow instructional pdf, where you can sew at your own pace.

These tote bag kits are packaged with discarded wool upholstery textiles, in a variety of colors and pattern. Each kit is made of a unique combination paired with sturdy handles.

three tote bags hanging on wooden hooks

Reducing Single Use Plastic Bags

Humans consume nearly 160,000 plastic bags per second, about 10% of those bags end up in the ocean! (1) Soft plastic materials such as bags cannot be recycled along side curbside recycled materials. Although some supermarket chains do offer ways to recycle plastic bags, we must rethink our life choices to help reduce waste. Ocean plastics are killing marine life at a record pace.

“We want to raise awareness to the growing textile and plastic waste problems and to be a beacon of inspiration for the maker community everywhere.”

In association with:
Dayton Sewing Collaborative

DSC is a non-profit job training facility and collaborative space with expertise in prototyping and small-run productions. With a mission to the combat textile wastes DSC upcycles textile waste into usable products.

Upcycled Products:

Upcycling is a method of developing new products using existing and preloved materials. Old clothing, textiles or vinyl banners are only a few examples of what creativity and passion can do.

Comes with precut woold squares, with finished seams. The materials are soft and very sturdy, perfect for making bags. You can download the instructions here and purchase the kits when they are available. You can also follow our instructions to create your own reusable totes.


What You Need To Start

Sewing machine (home or industrial machine) • Neutral color thread (range light grey to black) • seam ripper (in case you make a mistake) • heavy duty sewing needle might be required when attaching handles with bag body.

Feeling Creative?

There is no right or wrong when it comes to being creative. We encourage you to remix the tote kit to come up with your own style but ask that you respect the environment by not discarding any textile. Simply bring your scraps in with your goodwill donations.

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