I needed a quick project for a gift I wanted to make for my friend’s little girl (she’s 8 yrs old)– (the little girl, …not my friend.)
She likes bright, cheery colors, so when I found this fabric in my stash, I knew it was the one for her.
Now… what to make for her?…. Hmmmm….
She loves to read and also color, write, paint… (she’s very creative)…
So I thought she’d enjoy a little tote bag of her own to carry these small items.
I didn’t have heavy weight interfacing, so I used canvas (my Dad’s an upholsterer so I get remnants for free!) as the lining.
It worked great and gave the tote bag a real store-bought feel because of the extra sturdiness. Note: please use a heavy weight needle in your sewing machine (same you’d use for denim) in order to sew all these layers without a problem.
I layered the lining, canvas, and outside fabric, then cut the same size “square” from each bottom corner
(you can tell my square is not “square”, but that’s ok, it still turned out fine.) 🙂
The important thing is that both corner cuts are the same.
I made the tote bag about 10 inches long by 8 inches wide… just right for a little girl.
I cut a pocket for the inside (to hold pencils, markers, little writing pads…
For the straps, I used the colorful fabric (and canvas inside for weight), and a piece of satin ribbon…
I ironed the straps so that it would be easy to sew…
Then I sewed the satin ribbon as close to the edge of the ribbon as possible…
It looked nice on the outside…
For the closure, I hot-glued 3 buttons together (the large red, the orange, and the blue) to match the fabric.
I used a half-inch wide ribbon to wrap around the button and keep all the goodies inside the tote bag.
Little Erika loved it!
…and it was fun to make!
I also made her a small journal cover (out of the same fabric) to tuck into her tote bag.
She’s happily being creative with her new little gifts.
Have a wonderful weekend,