I originally made this as a library bag for my kids to tote their books back and forth all summer, but they've been using it for imaginary adventures in our house, escapades around the neighborhood...much more than the just the literary adventures I was thinking of.
So I've dubbed it simply the...
A small tote for all occasions.
It's fairly simple to bring together. It just takes a little time...about two hours if you want to do it right.
1/2 yard of Duck cloth or canvas
1/2 yard of cotton (liner)
2 large D-rings - I used 11/2 inch wide D-rings
2-3 inches of velcro and or a small D-ring - the depends on how you want to close the bag
**You may also want to use a heavy duty needle. I didn't. I just use my universal needle, sewed slow (a big reason it takes two hours to make), and lengthened my stitch to a 3.
Before you begin, cut all the pieces you'll need.
STEP ONE: Create the main bag.
2. Use those lines as a guide as you pinch the corners into a triangle.
3. Draw a line straight across. Pin.
Optional: Add an inner pocket.
*Cut it to the size desired. (I didn't measure. I just eyeballed it). You can see the water splotches from when I pressed it.
*Bring your outer and liner bag together.
STEP TWO: Create the flap.
*Turn it right side out and press with a hot iron. The Duck cloth is pretty stiff. You'll want to spray it with a good amount of water.
*Now attach it to the main bag.
STEP THREE: Straps.
STEP FOUR: Add a closure.
Depending on what kind you want to use, you either add this in STEP TWO or here.
For this yellow bag, I used a D-ring/velcro closure which you want to add here at the end.
I cut a strip of Duck cloth about 10 inches by 3 inches.
I also made a bag for my youngest son, Reid...
and used a simple velcro closure.
In Step 2, simply sew some velcro on before attaching the flap to the bag. I put it over the arm of my sewing machine to sew it on. You could sew it on the liner before sewing the two pieces together as well, but I like how this ensures I get the velcro strip exactly where I intended.
Please feel free to criticize how great ;) I attached the liner on this one.
Reid says, "Good job Mom!"
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