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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Child's Tote Bag
We love books, and we love to give books. However, I only had one book that was appropriate in our gift stash. I thought I might make something. (The only other birthday party we've been to I made name pillows. I knew I did not have time for that!)
Since M loves little bags and purses, I decided to make one for her friend personalized with her initial. It's big enough for a couple of books. Looking on-line, I didn't find any tutorials that were of a simple tote bag. (I didn't want to fuss with a lining.) I created my own little bag. I won't pretend this is a real tutorial...because it isn't. However, I will share how I made it.
The handles are about 2 1/2x 12. I would recommend going 3x12 if you are not used to making little handles.
For the initial, I used coordinating fabric and cut a rectangle. Then I followed the directions for Wonder Under which is great for appliqué. After the Wonder Under was attached to the fabric, I cut the C freehand. At this point, I also ironed the C to the tote bag using the directions for the Wonder Under.
I kept it as simple as possible. Since there was no lining, I folded the top of the bag more than an inch to keep it looking good (plus another 1/4 inch tucked under). This is pictured to the right. Then I sewed along the bottom inch as well as a top stitch at the top of the bag to make it appear more finished.
Though I used the Wonder Under, I also sewed near the edge of the C to make sure it would hold up to washing the tote bag.
I turned the bag inside out and sewed the sides. The bag is basically done now!
To make the handles, first I ironed a crease down the center of each. Then I turned under the edges just enough to leave room for sewing. Ironing these are so important! Then I sewed along the edges. Attaching the handles was rather easy. I used the seams that were already visible from where I had folded down the top part of the bag to know where to attach the handles.
To complete the gift, we added a book, and M made her friend a bookmark. Appropriate, we thought!
M absolutely loved this bag and was proud to tell her friend I made it. She requested her own for her birthday. It's not made yet, but when I cut out the fabric for the friend, I cut for M, too...including her own "M." I just need some time to sew it. Somehow, it's not a priority.
I have some sewing to do for M before her birthday in October...and the baby's arrival (and E's birthday). I have a pattern and fabric to make a dress, and I may make a Statue of Liberty costume for M for Halloween. (Though I like her using her dress up dresses to be a princess, I planted the idea of the SoL a long time ago on purpose.)