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No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote Tutorial

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Make this adorable No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote in just a few minutes using a store bought tote bag, iron-on adhesive and fabric scraps!

Make this adorable No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote in just a few minutes using a store bought tote bag, iron-on adhesive and fabric scraps!

Do you ever see something online or at the store that even though it’s ridiculously cute, you can’t bring yourself to buy it?  Because in your mind, you’re thinking to yourself, “I could totally make that!”

Make this adorable No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote in just a few minutes using a store bought tote bag, iron-on adhesive and fabric scraps!Make this adorable No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote in just a few minutes using a store bought tote bag, iron-on adhesive and fabric scraps!Make this adorable No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote in just a few minutes using a store bought tote bag, iron-on adhesive and fabric scraps!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this… (Because I think this ALL THE TIME!)

I was on the Gymboree website recently and saw this adorable Rainbow Tote Bag.  I really wanted it for my missy, but as I looked at it more, I realized I had every material needed to make our own version of the tote bag.  (And yes, even though I didn’t buy the bag I did purchase the coordinating t-shirt and sequined sneakers – had to spend those gymbucks!)

Want more rainbow projects for Spring?

I mean really, is this not the cutest little bag?  So perfect for spring!

I thought about painting the tote bag like the original version.  I didn’t have all the paint colors needed, but the one thing I don’t have a shortage of is fabric.  (Instagram Pic of my fabric stash… This was taken 2 years ago, so I’ll let you guess the status of my fabric collection now.)

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If you want to make something similar, and don’t have all the necessary fabric, I suggest looking at the single fat quarter selection at Joann’s or  Walmart and Fabric.com has tons of sets too.  (They have tons of different colors and patterns and sometimes put the individual fat quarters on sale for as little as $.99)  Hobby Lobby also has a great selection of glittered felt and Amazon has some nice felt variety packs.

More quick and easy no-sew fabric projects:

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Ready to make a No Sew Applique Rainbow Tote for yourself?

Here’s how I did it!

Supplies Needed:

Instructions: 

1.  If needed, tape a few pieces of paper together so the height and width match your tote.

Sketch your design on the paper.  (Took me several edits to get it just right.)  I went over my final sketch with a marker.

2.  Cut out your design elements and lay everything out and make sure you are happy with the look/layout.

3.  Follow the directions on the package of the Pellon Easy Steam to adhere the fusible web to the fabric.  (I cut the rainbow pieces apart so it would be easier to use them as a template for each color.)

4.  Remove the fusible web backing and line up the fabric pieces on tote.  Iron according to directions.

I felt like the sun and clouds needed a bit more “pop,” so I used my fabric markers to add a bit of faux stitching.

no sew tote bag

That’s it, you’re done!

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She loves this Rainbow tote bag!  (Though I am very tempted to keep it for myself!)

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Looking for more fun projects like this? Be sure to check these out:

No Sew Fabric Bracelet

Rainbow Zipper Pouch

No Sew Ruffle Tote

Five Inch Fabric Flower

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12 Comments

  1. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

  2. This is so adorable! I want to make one for myself… it'd be the perfect little library tote. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

  3. I love that bag-it is super cute! I am not crafty at all so would have probably just bought one–my bad!! You did a really great job!!

  4. That would be perfect for my middle child. She's obsessed with all things rainbow & unicorn. The faux stitiches add a lot of visual interest. I'll definitely be including that in mine.

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