Tote from cat food bag

Hi there. I know the title is crazy right? A tote bag from a CAT FOOD BAG? OMG nothing says CRAZY CAT LADY like wearing a cat food bag on your shoulder! But hey some of these bags are really great quality. Who wants to pay a quarter for a bag at Aldi’s when you can have your own bright and colorful tote?

Isn't this cool? I didn't come up with the idea, but I figured out how to make one.
Isn’t this cool? I didn’t come up with the idea, but I figured out how to make one.


So here’s how I did it.

  • Wash the bag out. Make sure that all the cat food and the smell is gone. You don’t want to play Pied Piper to a line of cats, or maybe you do. But it’s easier to work with if it’s clean and your cats won’t be trying to eat the bag as you make it!
  • Once it’s dry, find the seam or the tape on the bottom and cut it open. Kit and Kaboodle have a piece of tape that holds the folded bag together. I sliced the tape and didn’t cut the bag.
  • Find the side seam and cut down it.  Now the bag should be one big open square.
  • I cut the bag almost in half. I measured 12 inches down from the top for the handles. That gave me roughly 13 inches for the bottom.
  • For the handles, I cut the 12 inch piece in half lengthwise giving me two very long 6 inch wide pieces.
  • Take each one of these and fold it in thirds right side out.  So now you should have a very long 2 inch wide piece. Run a straight seam down each side.  Your handles are now done.
  • For the bag. fold down 1 inch on the top and sew it down. It’s easier to do the top hem before you do the side.
  • Right sides together, sew your side seam .
  • Then sew your bottom seam.
  • Turn the bag right side out.
  • Determine where you want your handles and if you want them shorter. I like long handles for over my shoulder, so I left them the original length.
  • For this bag, I came in 2 1/2 inches from the side seam on each side and placed an end of one handle. One handle on each side. As you can see in the picture, I made a nice little square going around all four sides.
  • To make the “box” bottom on the tote, I could explain it, but this short video does a much better job. She uses a tool but you can do the same thing with a ruler. I don’t own this tool. It’s cool, it’s handy, but like I said, you can do the same thing with a ruler.

    How to make a box bottom for your tote

That’s all there is to it! Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Tote from cat food bag

    1. Honestly, it would be no problem. You’ve been so kind to me, the Brat Pack and the Wild Bunch, I would gladly make you one.

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