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Project: Kid’s Tote Bag

This simple tote is not only ideal for kids to use, but the pattern has been designed so kids are able to help make their own. Sized to easily hold a water bottle and a few other odds and ends, this is a great tote for carrying a snack to the game.


  • Use a 1/2″ seam allowance for this project, unless otherwise indicated.
  • If you are new to sewing boxed corners, watch this video. Deb from So-Sew-Easy does a great job demonstrating the three different ways to sew a boxed corner. We use the first method to create this tote bag.




  • 18″ x 24″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-SG)
  • 45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/NS)
  • 6″ x 24″ Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×24)


  • 11″ x 16″ piece of outer fabric
  • 11″ x 16″ piece of lining fabric
  • 5″ x 14″ piece of fabric for use as the straps (can match or contrast with outer fabric)
  • 2″ x 14″ piece of Pellon Fusible Peltex
  • Standard sewing supplies


  1. Fold the outer purse fabric in half along the 16″ side, right sides together. Measure and cut a 1″ square at the fold on each side. Repeat with the lining fabric.
  2. When you unfold your fabric, each side will have a small rectangle cut out in the center.
  3. Take your outside fabric and fold along the center line again with right sides together. Sew along the two sides, but ignoring the cut out corners for now.
  4. Open your piece at the top to separate the sides, and flatten the bottom of your bag against one side. Line up the center line and side seam. Create the boxed corner by sewing closed the opening. Repeat on 2nd side of bag.
  5. Sew lining fabric just as you did the outside fabric, except that you will leave a 3″ opening along one side for turning the project later. Don’t forget to create boxed corners on the bottom.
  6. Turn the outside fabric right side out. Set both the outer and lining fabric sections aside.
  7. Cut strap fabric in half, so you have 2 pieces 2-1/2″ x 14″.
  8. Cut Pellon in half, giving you 2 pieces 1″ x 14″.
  9. Place one piece of Pellon in the center of one of the two strap pieces. Fold sides over. Make sure the overlap section of fabric is along the center of the strap. Iron fabric in place.
  10. Repeat with second strap.
  11. Sew a decorative stitch down the middle of the length of each strap. This is a great time to make use of one of those embroidery stitches on your sewing machine. Make sure you have the right side of your strap (the side where the fabric doesn’t overlap) facing up when you stitch. This will give you a nice finished look.


  12. Take your lining fabric, which should still be wrong side out, and place the outside fabric inside the lining fabric. The outside fabric is right side out. Pin straps in place on each side of the tote, making sure you tuck the straps inside so they will be on the outside when you turn the project right side out.
  13. With straps pinned in place, sew around the mouth of the bag. Remember, you are sewing around the circle and not stitching the opening closed.
  14. Turn purse right side out using the 3″ opening you left in the lining fabric previously. Whip stitch the opening closed.



Project by: Sheila Reinke