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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Tote Bag:.

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This tote is super simple to make, but definitely a fun way to jazz up a bag.

With it being back to school time, of course there were lots of back pack options we could have gone with for my daughter. But I felt like, for her age, it was a bit easier for her to be putting papers in and out of a tote bag instead of a backpack.

And I can't just let her have any old tote bag.


So here's what you need to make one of your own:

- tote bag (this one was $2.50 in the dollar spot at Target)
- fabric
- fabric interfacing (I used Silhouette's sewable interfacing)
- Silhouette or other electronic cutter (Lucy was happy to have some attention!)

I started out using my Silhouette software to create the chevron background pattern.

Follow the directions on the interfacing packaging to adhere it to your fabric.

Press the fabric piece on to your cutting mat, shiny side down.

Use your Silhouette to cut your design. I always double cut with fabric!

Iron it in place on the bag.

Sew around the design.

Since my daughter's name starts with an 'R', I created a large 'R' in the Silhouette software.

I repeated the steps as above to adhere the 'R' to the bag.

Tie some coordinating ribbons, fabric scraps, and rick rack around the handle.

That's it!

See, told ya it was easy.

These are great for school, library, church, or even for trick or treating!

What would you make a bag like this for?

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  1. That look just wonderful. Now I need a Silhouette :)

  2. How cute is your daughter?! I love that photo of her with her tote. It should be on the cover of some awesome magazine!

  3. Hi Sumo! I just gave you the "Versatile Award" on my blog! Come on over and check it out! I love the bag-too cute!

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. What a great bag for a little girl! Would be a perfect library book tote! Very cool! thanks for sharing. visiting from fingerprints on the ...

  6. I would love it if you would link this to my link party. It just started :)


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