Easy Earth Day Upcycle: No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag

Easy Earth Day Upcycle: No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag

With Earth Day approaching, why not think about reducing your carbon footprint? A great way to create less waste is by using reusable shopping bags as opposed to disposable ones. It is easy to make your own tote bags, in fact, take a peek below and see how simple it is to craft your own using a handful of dollar store materials. This dish towel tote bag tutorial is easy to follow, and you don’t even need to sew a stitch. Take a peek!

No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag

Dish Towel Tote Bag Tutorial

Supplies needed:
Dish towel
Sturdy ribbon
Silk flowers
Hot glue, glue gun

We were able to find all of these items at our local dollar store. Choose a dish towel that has a print you love, along with silk flowers that coordinate with it.

No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag


1. Begin by laying the towel flat on a flat surface. Fold it in half.
2. Apply some glue to the edges, specifically where the edges meet. One side will already to closed since that is where you folded it. You will want to run glue along one short end of the towel and one long end.
3. Press the edges together until the glue is dry.
4. You will notice now that one end of your towel is still open. This will be the opening of your tote bag. Fold it over so you have a 1 inch or so hem around the top.
5. Cut a length of ribbon and glue it to the inside of the towel. Look for the side seams of the tote bag and glue it directly on those seems.
6. Remove a few blooms from your silk flower stems. Apply a generous amount of glue to the back of them. Press them to the bottom corner of the bag and hold until adhered.

No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag

Once your bag is dry, it is ready for use! The hot glue is stronger than you may think, allowing you to carry all sorts of items in your easy upcycled tote bag.

Gather your supplies and give this Earth Day craft a try! It is a fun, frugal way to get into the spirit of Earth Day while eliminating the need for disposable shopping bags.

No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag


No Sew Dish Towel Tote Bag




  1. Super Cute!

  2. Very cute! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays πŸ˜€ Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  3. so fun and so easy! Tweeting about this cute tote! thanks for linking up to Create Link Inspire.

  4. What an adorable upcycle! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great idea! I’ve made a mesh bag for hanging up wet dishes at camp to dry but I didn’t think of a tote.

  6. This is really pretty. I want to give it a try to make one.

  7. Oh cute! I like the different look that the silk flowers adds to the bag.

  8. That is such a cute idea, especially with summer coming up. I was going to buy some new totes, perhaps I’ll just make my own now!!

  9. What a cool project- it looks simple enough for me to do!

  10. What a fun idea. I love the simplicity and so cute!

  11. Love this. It would be perfect for a beach tote.

  12. That is a really cute bag! I love how easy it is to make.

  13. Such a cute tote bag! Adorable!

  14. How cute is that!? I would have never thought to use dish towels to create a reusable bag but it makes total sense πŸ™‚ A nice absorbent medium for when things get a little moist or wet like carrying fresh produce! Those colors are super vibrant, too!

  15. I love this bad, thanks for sharing something I can make πŸ™‚ Love it!!!

  16. Gotta love a good upcycle!!! What a fun twist, gonna have to try this sometime!

  17. That’s so cute and as it’s no sew even I could do it!!!

  18. That is so cute! I love the silk flowers on it!

  19. That is absolutely adorable!

  20. This is such a fun project and perfect for Spring!

  21. looks really easy to make, I like the colors you used!

  22. What a clever craft, love it! I will have to bookmark this to make this summer.

  23. How cute! I love how it is no-sew, because I’m not great at sewing projects.

  24. Amy Desrosierss says:

    I love that this dish towel bag could also be great for plastic bags! So pretty and easy to make!

  25. Wow! Great idea with upclycling this.

  26. How fun is that?! I love it and looks easy enough for me to make!!!

  27. Love the colors on this! Any mom would love to get this for Mother’s Day!

  28. I saw this go through my Pinterest stream earlier today and I was instantly in love with it! So creative and I love how easy it it!

  29. So adorable and I love that it doesn’t involve sewing!

  30. i am ALL about no sew projects. especially since, well, you know. i can’t exactly sew. my kids would love these!

  31. This is such a wonderful idea! My grandmother used to crotchet cute things with dish towels. This reminds me of her πŸ˜‰

  32. That is really cute. I have been looking high and low for cute dish towels. Everyone else must be buying them before I can find them in stores.

  33. Your tote bag came out so incredibly cute! I love how easy that was, even I could make one!

  34. Cute project.

  35. Well, that is just too cute! I love the bright colors.

  36. I never would have thought of this. What a cute idea!

  37. Great idea! This is adorable.

  38. I need to go to your dollar store. I’ve never seen such pretty dish towels at one around me. This would be a cute idea for making purses for my girls.

  39. This is so pretty and super easy it seems. πŸ˜€ I’m going to give this a try.

  40. This is so cute and I love the fun colors!

  41. Love this idea!

  42. that is so cute! Thanks for sharing !

  43. How cute and easy! This could be good for pool days too for swimsuits.

  44. So adorable! And looks simple enough to try!

  45. Cute and colorful! Love that it’s so easy to make

  46. Thanks for sharing! It has been a while since I last sewn a bag. I am actually thinking of making one for my little man’s teacher. Anyway, this is great for those that don’t know how to sew or want something quick and easy DIY. πŸ™‚

  47. Clever idea! The pattern and colors are vibrant! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  48. That dish towel is so colorful. I love it.

  49. This is really cute, and so easy. Love the flowers on it. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Laura J says:

    Oh this is such a cute idea! I love that its no sew! This would work so great for me! Oh cant wait to make it!

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