My kids love bags.
I originally made this as a library bag for my kids to tote their books back and forth all summer, but they’ve been using it for imaginary adventures in our house, escapades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.
*Please note that this image is not drawn to scale…or with a ruler for that matter. 🙂
STEP ONE: Create the main bag.
*Take your two 18×25 inch pieces and fold them in half.
1. Measure out and trace 2 inch by 2 inch squares at the corners of your outer and liner 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.
*Trim the corners off just before the seam.
*Bring your outer and liner bag together.
I like to lay down some fabric glue to adhere the liner to the outer bag. Just a few beads here and there do wonders.
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.
*Sew all the way around. I sewed twice at the end, but you can skip this and just sew along this edge when you attach it to the bag.
*Now attach it to the main bag.
You can sew up the sides but I left it open. It’s a hidden pocket/sleeve where a sweater can be laced through, for sticks to be stashed…etc… 🙂
You’ll end up with a line on the inside but it’s not really noticeable. I could have even used gray thread in my bobbin if I wanted to disguise the line more.
STEP THREE: Straps.
I found that putting the D-rings on the shorter strap worked best.
I sewed two rows about 1 1/2 inches apart.
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.
Then I cut a 3 inch piece for the top flap and an 7 inch piece for the main bag.
I sewed it on like so…
…using two lines of stitching for strength.
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.
When the bag is almost completely assembled, then add the corresponding piece of velcro to the main bag.
I like how the extra line of stitching gives the straps a nice contrasting effect.
Please feel free to criticize how great 😉 I attached the liner on this one.
Looking at this yellow one, I feel I could have made it more manly. 🙂 But Owen doesn’t seem to notice or mind.
Reid says, “Good job Mom!”
Thanks kiddo. 🙂
Be sure to stop by Kojodesigns for this adorable sunshine yellow maxi dress!
Wow! Great tutorial, I think I can actually make this!!
How great! I was looking for a bag like this for my little one. Thanks for sharing! Just a a question: How small is the red one?
such a cute bag delia! i love the colors!!!
The Miller Five says
Definitely going to try this one! I made a bag last summer out of a towel. I didn't think it was very good, but my girls LOVED them! They still use them actually. 🙂 Can't wait to try this one.
Alexandra Abarca says
Hi thanks a lot for the tutorial.
Have a nice weekend.
the momma says
Delia! These are fantastic!!
Wonderful! Last night I was searching around for bags to make and here is your post! Super timing and neat bags. Thanks for the tutorial!
Tonia L says
Adorable bag! I posted a summer tote today and said the 2 requirements for a great summer tote is that it has a top closure and can be worn across the body! This bag has both…so YAY!!
Wow, cool. I love your bags. I just planned to do a nursery bag and I think I gonna use your tutorial – thx so much!
These turned out SUper cute!!
Love this bag!!! Thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to get started 🙂
meg + andy says
This is such a cute project and SUCH a fabulous tutorial! thanks for all the details and great pictures!
My son LOVES yellow! A perfect size bag for little ones – and big ones! Great tutorial!
Many thanks for taking the time to create such a detailed tut with photos and text – really great !
It is lovely!! My little girl will love it too. I will look for the right cloths and do it!
Kisses from Spain
Tansy Dolls says
I love this! My four year old loves toting around important little toys and doodads. This would be perfect for keeping them in one place! ~Robin~
Love love love!!
I really like it!
They look nice if they sold then at UO I probably would by one.
This seems pretty easy for my novice skills. I'm going to try this for niece- she needs a bag for her swimming & dance lessons
Hate to be the teacher… But stationAry means an immovable object. StationEry means paper products.
Thank you for wanting to make my blog a better place by offering your critiques, but did you mean to post on this post specifically? I tried to find where in this post I used that word and I am unable to find it.
Jennifer Hornschemeier says
I found what she is talking about. There is a description just above the comments section that says “Orange: DIY Stationary & A Snail Mail Vacation”. 😉
just made one of these for my friend’s birthday! turned out great! thanks for the post
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