How to turn a Fabric Door Mat into a Carry Bag | Easy Sewing Tutorial

How to turn a Fabric Door Mat into a Carry Bag | Easy Sewing Tutorial

hi everyone welcome to my place I'm here today to help those crafters who don't know very much about using a sewing machine now once you've gone through all the lessons and the easy how-to you will be on the road to creating all sorts of magic nerds so today what I want to do a couple of little easy so another lovely easy sewing project is I bought this mat at my supermarket the other day it's just one of those quick those inexpensive little doormats that you can I don't know it was a couple of bucks and I looked at it and thought what could I do with that and then I had a brainwave this is really strong and this is really sturdy I will show you how to turn this into a sturdy carry bag so pretty much you just need your mat I don't they even if you don't have anything access to this you could get some canvas or perhaps you could just get I don't know you'll find something some tapestry or an old sack would even do it's got a little bit of fringing down there but that's okay for me I can work with that plus you need two weaving belts I picked those up for a dollar each so I thought that that was a good thing and the texture of that with the texture of this I thought would be quite nice enough it's good enough to hold up my pants it's good enough to hold up the weight that I'll possibly be putting into it so you need two two of those so we'll put those to one side you need your sewing machine three-d– it up with matching threads but somebody passed the comment the other day that they couldn't see what I was doing so I've got black thread to show you it's just a matter of bringing folding it in half and bringing your edges together and then just running down the side with pins and you probably think oh I don't need to put pins on it but trust me you new beginners out there pins will be your best friend and it by pinning it it just means that nothing is to move as I am busy whizzing down there on my sewing machine so take those all the way down I'm only going to put 4 into thee because that'll do for what I'm going to do today put that into there with glasses on sewing machine is all threaded up I've got my scissors I've got my glasses the sewing machine is on let us proceed okay now because it's a little bit thicker and through there you're going to have to be very careful and you've got that little French in there you need to make sure that that fringing is all out of the way and it's not tucked in and and also like Mackie as it is as it appears they just make sure that they're all toughed it out take it over to your machine I'm sitting oh gosh I just sat down the chair moved I'm sitting my length of my stitch to about three and very carefully because it's quite thick I'm going to have to be quite gentle about getting the the foot and the fabric underneath right from there it's just a matter of much relief foots down and you might just have to give it just a gentle little Pole at this stage any opinions close to you so you're not reaching all over the place and I'm doing about a half same all the way down Lily you don't want to go too fast and as I have said in my previous lessons when you get to the pen stop take the pan out don't go over the pen because you might not be able to see this but I'll just put that down there this is what happens when you run over the pen not only do you mock up your pen but you can also break your needle by going over there and the sewing needle is not meat to go through to go through metal so best to just take your time and to just take that out and the other thing that's really good with this because it's got that little edging there it's quite easy for me to just put my little foot the other side of my foot against there and that gives me a nice slide and wet and you can see there how by using the darkest Reed's you can see how I've got the same length I've seen all the way down and I think that that's an important thing to be talking about right now that when you are whatever seam you do will you do it half an inch two thirds of an inch an inch a centimeter to Center is three centimeters when it comes to putting the whole thing together or especially if you're sewing the Frog all your seams need to be exactly that same measurement otherwise you're going to find that one that's going to be too big to put them with the other book is the jigsaw puzzle unfolds okay so there's another pen oops I don't know what's wrong with me today on the sewing machine going all the way down to the there's another pen stop take that cut out now take it almost to the end and then just back step through a couple of times to make sure that you have got that seam secured as I've said on numerous occasions cut off all of your threads as you go so that you don't you're not left with strip with strip with little bits of thread all over the place now when you come to the other side just a little bit of a chat now don't turn it around and think oh I'll just whiz down there because what can happen is the febrile 'even though you've pinned it it might just move out of place so what I suggest you do is just transfer those pins over to the other side so that all your seams are running from the top down just to make sure as I said that everything all ends up nice and neat and even so that now by doing this I'm starting as I said I'm starting at the top and going down which is going to mean that they are going to be exactly the same as over this side right taking it back to your machine lifting your foot making sure that all of your little Tufte bits are out of the way and because that is and these little threads here your bobbin and your yes yeah your bobbin which is underneath and the spool at the top just pull those out of the way so that and what's it what's a few extra inches at the scene that's what I say just to make sure that those threads are out of the way so that when you go to start sewing everything is all neat and tidy right bringing that to there it's the same seam length as I head over the other side drop your needle down drop your foot down so when I talk about dropping the needle down I mean like winding it right through to the other side and it's just slowly starting off do a few a centimeter or so and the back because you want you don't want that to be unraveling in any way and then just following and that little weeds that little we rate that little bit down there where I've got that edge there that will just make sure that both of my scenes end up being exactly the same work there's another penny stock trailer turnout and I'm just sort of like giving it a little tug because it's quite fake I'm just giving it a little helping hand as it runs through and I run it down the edge of my scene and then that's my last thing so go to within a few millimeters next it just to make that nice and strong so that it's not gonna pull away get rid of those threads there because we don't want those right the next thing to do is because we've got that nice edge in there I think that as a bag that would possibly annoy me so what I suggest you do is you can either leave that edge like it is there and then just fold this over because that raw edge I find that raw edge visually quite nice to me but if you wanted to you could just turn the whole thing and so that you've got a nice scene which I'll do now just to show you if you if you wanted to and usually I would clip off those edges to make them as I've shown you before you know clip into there edge too so that when you pushed it out you've got a nice edge there but I think that because of this could fray I'm not going to do that so there's the bag turned inside out and now if you do that you're going to have either way you're still going to have that unless there's other ways that you can attend to that that little raw edge there but for now I'm not going to worry about that okay because you could sew up to them they'll run to that just at the C okay so turn over that him so you've got that nice bit of fringing coming down then getting your belt and I really liked the that lovely shaping on this I'm going to keep that there and it's now just a matter of and I'll bring that down so that I've got a good cup of centimetres down pen that across there pen that across to there and now this is when you're going to have to make sure that you get this other this other strap going the right way because if you get it like that that could be not very nice and sitting nicely when you're finished so just make sure that when you turning it over that you've got that loop runs neatly across bring that to there and then I'll have the same length bring that to there and that there and making sure that you've got the same length there and there so you can either visually do it or get the measuring tape or ruler to just meter that from there to there and from there to there is the same now trance turning that over and on this side I've got that little loopy thing so I'm going to put the loopy thing on this side and I've already gotten a template to cover to make sure that my strips are even and bringing that down about and I'm just think that that's about the right length but we will check before we do any further sewing that goes down to there and there making sure that that is exactly the same as what it is on the other side bringing that down and if you are a bit concerned just get your measuring tape and measure that that is the same as that side over there and then we're just going to do the same here convective there and that to there and then just do another little check to make sure because there's nothing worse than having one handle longer than the other so making sure that they are balanced and are the same and now it's just a matter of going to your machine pulling those threads both those threads out and this time what we're going to do is I'm going to push that down to make sure that there's nothing stuck underneath and I need to get my chair sorted out because I'm just slipping all over the place yep whoops put the foot down and then very carefully stitch across to the left take the needle down into the fabric lift that up this is when it's going to get just a little bit sort of me see for a moment making sure that those little threads are all lying down and oops hold on hold on I've made a mistake I've made a mistake go further whoops now see what happened because I didn't have that down now that could just cause a problem we're not sure at the state note we're right take that to there then turn that around and then following that line down to that pin pull that pin out put the needle down turn it around and you'll see I've got all this hunky dunky nurse here look at all that handiness make sure that everything is out of the way whoops now see how we like that the reason it did that is because there was too much weight and I just had to let off a little bit of pressure so just adjust when you have machine does that you just have to stop for a minute and just whoa give the Machine a little bit of a helping hand and neat the threads down pushing that through to there Oh we're nearly at the other end making sure that there's nothing caught underneath and just wasn't up there and then that Stettin so that that is firmly in place and because we are going to be carrying a bit of weight and here what I like to do is to go over there that seemed another time lifting all that up releasing the wheel and then it's just a matter of cutting off your threads going inside cutting those threads off because we don't as I said we want to be neat and tidy as we go here and then there's another one there too right there we are so let me just show you what we've just achieved so I've done that see with the black there I've gone down once across down across up and then I've gone across there again just to make sure that that is really strong and sturdy now I'll show you that just one more time because this time we're going to have that extra bit of buckle there and trust me that's metal inside there and that's not going to do anything so taking your threads out again take those out of the way bring this over to here put that on the top so I've come down from where the Seamas I've my seam here is about the same as what I did for along the sides there when I did those side seams okay so making sure that that matches up again put your foot down to sorry take your needle through lower your foot and then it's just a matter of I'll just back stitch that just a matter of running on a straight line across there until you're almost at the edge turning that around making sure that everything is out of the way lower your foot again give it yeah just help the wheel along make sure that all of these butts here all your fringing is all neat hiding out of the way go to that point there bring that down and the other reason why I'm doing it this way see this is this is what I mean by you get all this hankie mess in the road so you just have to be like really patient for a minute and then just bring all those butts across take that through to the beer pushing to almost to the edge again turning that around and then pushing all of us around whoops without moving the sewing machine off making sure just feel with your hand that you haven't got anything from the other side in the road and then was up to meet where you started and while I'm here I'll just cut those extra little threads off there and then stopping just on the line lifting that up putting that down making sure that that's not cool and then just so through to the other side that's it and there you have two handles on and yes you're going to have to do it four times but by the time you've done it two more times you'll be loving yourself that you have achieved something that looks visually very very nice I've just got to sew those ones and which I'll do now you could if you wanted to have sewn this around so that the flap down but what you'll find is because there there is so thick and clunky you might find you have trouble just getting your sewing machine over there so when in doubt just don't even do it you could slip stitch that down if you wanted to and we're those little ages are all sort of thick just get your point of your scissors into there and then just sort of like push those through as much see how that's all sort of like a bit thick just go in there either said quietly and then just make those put those down so there we have that um a really nice bag of so there's down after we don't need to be mucking around doing that now but there's a really nice strong sturdy bag going to the beach put in the kids books then I don't know whatever you need to do when you go to the supermarket and the other thing is that because it's fabric you can just throw it into the washing machine let it dry and you are ready to go and the other thing that I'm thinking is how cool and grooving is that there's a very nice gift to give to somebody to be able to say I made this for you doesn't make you feel just a little bit proud happy sewing everybody persevere you saw that it was a bit fiddly for me turning it around but that's just how sometimes is hope you've enjoyed that and that your sewing skills are really reaching new levels of expertise thanks for watching and I will see you in another day

15 Replies to “How to turn a Fabric Door Mat into a Carry Bag | Easy Sewing Tutorial”

  1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge,you are a very special lady. Good wishes always from Sharon in the UK x.

  2. Just as an fyi, the thicker the fabric you use to sew, you need to use a heavier needle meant for that type of fabric. Love this idea!!!

  3. These are so much fun to make! You can get so creative with them in so many ways. I love the colors of your mat you used and the cloth belts you used are perfect for the straps. It came out really pretty. Love it. Great job! Hugs from the southeast coast of Florida🌴😎💙😎🌴

  4. Hey Astar, thank you again for this wonderful idea, it s true it makes a wonderful gift and I think I will need also one for myself, sooo back to my sewing machine 🙂

  5. What a brilliant, unique and beautiful creation❣️Thank you Astar! I must say, I love your quite stylish dress. You make it look gorgeous 🥰

  6. I always enjoy you. Your class, your attention to detail, your ideas, and your genuine personality. Be blessed.

  7. This project is so cute. I love watching because you explain so clearly and you showed each step. Thanks for sharing.

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