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Patriotic Green Bag Make-Over

If you are like me, then you have dozens of “green bags” that you have accumulated one way or another. My husband is always bringing them home from conferences that he attends for work. I love them, of course! In this tutorial we will give our green bags a make-over to make them into cute totes. I choose to do this one in a patriotic theme because the 4th of July is coming up, and my bag is the perfect shade of blue. You, of course, can use whatever color-scheme you wish. Let’s get started!


  • 1 green bag
  • at least two colors of ruffled fabric (better than making your own)
  • a sewing machine or needle and thread

Step 1

Look at your bag and decide if you want to do the ruffles all the way across, or just down the center.  Cut your ruffled fabric the length you need.  Go ahead and lay the fabric out in the order that you want the ruffles starting from the bottom and working up.  The ruffle that is going to be at the top, or your last ruffle to sew, will determine the color thread that you will use.  Mine is red, so I will load red thread in my machine.

Step 2

Pin the first ruffle (the bottom ruffle) to the bag and sew it to the bag using your sewing machine or hand sew.  Once that one is on, layer the next ruffle on top so that it covers the stitches of the first ruffle.  Pin in place, then sew.  Keep alternating ruffles as you make your way up the bag.

Once all of the ruffles are on, you have a super cute shopping tote!
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About Inspiration Handmade-How To Tutorials

I am a lover of vintage inspired fashion and decor, and have a great appreciation for all things handmade. To me, creating things makes me happy. Even though my projects are not perfect, I enjoy sharing them with you. Please feel free to leave me comments and feedback, good or bad. I don't mind constructive criticisim! I own an online store called A'Muse Me Boutique at

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