DIY Embroidered Picnic Tote

Traditionally, it is when the glittering ball drops over Times Square on New Year’s Eve that serves as an opportunity for new beginnings. Not so for me. Those feelings of renewal and time to reinvent myself have always come with the arrival of Summer. Maybe it’s because I am a Taurus, but there’s just something about this season that makes me want to dig in my toes (like, literally, into the earth), get back to nature and back to my true self. I love the sound of cicadas singing from the trees, warm storms that roar in like lions, and endless days that roll into black nights under summer stars.

Also, picnics.

Like most good things, the French invented the picnic after the Revolution when private royal gardens were finally opened to the public. The French, with their fond love of food, coined the term after the verb piquer (to pick) with the rhyming word nique meaning “little thing” (nowadays the word ‘nique’ has come to mean something different altogether, but I digress).

I created this cute little picnic tote as a birthday gift for my older sister. I adore making special things with lots of love and invested time. Even though it took me longer than I expected (about 6 hours in total with trial and error) I am super happy with the outcome. A tote like this is all you need for an unforgettable summer — just add rosé.

Materials: 

  • Straw tote bag
  • Thick yarn
  • Felt balls
  • Keyring
  • Embroidery needle
  • Washable marker
  • Scissors
  • Something to binge-watch on Netflix while crafting 😉

How To: 

1. Find a cute phrase and sketch out the words you want for your tote — I chose “Rosé All Day”.
2. Thread the embroidery needle, and carefully follow the pattern you’ve sketched pulling the thread through the weave of the tote.
3. Finish each word by knotting the yarn on the inside of the bag.
4. Go over each word a second (or third) time for a bold look.

IMG_2599To create the tassel charms:

1. cut two five-inch pieces of yarn and set aside.
2. Wrap 30 lengths of yarn around your hand, then use one five-inch string to tie the bundle together.
3. Create the head of the tassel by wrapping the second five-inch string around the full bundle of yarn.
4. Trim the ends and set aside.
5. Thread the felt balls onto a length of yarn, and knot at each end. Tie on tassels at random intervals.
6. Tie each tassel charm to the keyring.
Et voila!

DIY embroidered straw picnic tote rose all day summer

PS: I took a cute flatlay of this bag to accompany the post but my husband accidentally deleted the pic from our camera after I had already mailed the tote to my sister for her birthday. Oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️

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