November 2014 Reading - Some months are better than others. It's just the way it goes. I anticipated reading lots and relaxing this month with lots of books, but it didn't happen....
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.)