TMTB (also known as Too Many Tote Bags syndrome) is a debilitating illness that is contracted through the attendance of green design events and eco-parties. Up until now, the only known preventative measure was abstinence, but unfortunately for some, the lure of free swag is just too enticing to resist. Luckily, there are treatments available to deal with having TMTB, and transforming your tote bags into other useful items - like a double wine bottle carrier - is one way to cope. Read on for a quick and easy DIY that shows you how to take a boring old tote and turn it into a fun and useful bag that you can use yourself or give as a gift.
– a tote bag (one with sturdy, hard fabric will work best since you don’t want your wine bottles clanging into one another)
– a needle and thread or a sewing machine
– a pencil
– a ruler or a box of foil
Lay your bag down flat and fold it in half width-wise to find the halfway point. Mark the halfway point with your pencil and then draw a line going down the centerpoint of the bag.
Next, use a ruler or a foil box to mark two more lines equidistant and parallel to the centerpoint line. You should end up with three lines. The center line is just for measuring purposes and the two lines on either side of it are where you will sew.
Now you just want to sew along the two lines you drew in Step 2. Use either a sewing machine or a needle and thread to sew up one line and then cut and knot. Then do the same for the other line.
That’s it! Grab a few wine bottles, pop them in your new bag and go! Wasn’t that easy?