Thursday, January 2, 2014

Toddler Tote

Happy New Year!

This is a project that you could do any time of year, but I made it for my granddaughter for Christmas.  I couldn’t show you before, because my daughter reads my blog on occasion, so I had to wait until now.  To make this tote I used remnants and scraps of fabric I already had.

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The main part of the bag is made from some remnants of dropcloth that I had.  The toile-like children’s storybook fabric was a long remnant that I had bought over the Summer, figuring it would be good for “something”.  The blue and white polka dot was a scrap I had left when I made the rag quilt here.

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This is not really a tutorial since there are so many good ones on other blogs and Pinterest.  I will tell you that I like simple, so I went really simple and easy in putting this together.  I cut the dropcloth 12 x 18 {the remnant was already 12 inches wide}, using the finished edge as the top opening.

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I put right sides together and sewed the two sides and bottom.  I wanted to do the ruffle under the band of patterned fabric, but after ripping it out for the third time, I went an easier way.  I hemmed the band of fabric on all four sides and attached it to the tote.  Then I added the ruffle to the bottom of the band.  To hide the rough edges of the ruffle, I sewed on a thin trim that just covered it all.  So it all worked out in the end.

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To make it a little more personal, I then took one of the “E’s” out of a CREATIVE sign I have in my craft/sewing room.  It was the perfect size to cut an “E” out of the patterned fabric to add to the tote {for my granddaughter’s first name}.  I ironed on some fusible interfacing to give it some support, then used fabric glue to glue it onto the bag.

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The finishing touch was the handles, which is webbing that I did have to buy, but I used a coupon, so it was just a few dollars.  It will be the perfect tote for her to bring to the library for the books she takes out, or for visits to LaLa’s house!

25 comments:

sissie said...

Adorable Kathy!!

hugs
Sissie

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathy, this is adorable! She'll love it! It's so feminine; I love the children's toile! I know you two will have fun at the library!

Lisa said...

Very cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is adorable and I love the storybook fabric. Perfect for a little girl. Hugs, Marty

Okio B Designs said...

Oh my gosh, so darn cute! I'll bet she loves it!

Jeanine

Shirley said...

Kathy, You make me wish that I had a little girl to sew for, but I enjoy my three grandsons. I love your tote that you made for her and your daughter's messenger bag. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

BECKY said...

This turned out so cute, Kathy!! I told my girls I will be making a lot of my gifts this year. Can't wait!
Happy New Year, my friend! Hope yours is wonderful!
Hugs,
Becky

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

That is adorable Kathy!

Tracy Cook said...

What a simply beautiful tote. Will be looking to adapt for my grandsons
Thank you

Cynthia said...

Kathy I love this tote and the fabric is so pretty!!

Cynthia

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

This is absolutely adorable! She's very lucky to have such a talented LaLa! I think the combination of different fabrics is perfect together and love how you used remnants, including dropcloth (one of my faves!) Happy New Year!

Missy George said...

Too cute Kathy..I'm sure she loved it..I would have..

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

It's adorable, Kathy. The fabrics look great together, and I love the monogram.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE IT Kathy...especially the monogram you added to it!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Super cute.

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Kathy, this tote is darling. I bet she loved it. Love the fabric.
Happy New Year.
Hugs

Junkchiccottage said...

Kathy,
How fun and cute it this tote. I love this. It is so special too because you made it. Have fun going to the library together to gather up books to bring home to read. Very cute
Kris

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Really cute--you can never have enough totes!

Gail said...

Happy New Year Kathy! The toddler tote is adorable. I bet she loved it!!

must love junk said...

This turned out SO cute! What a great gift :)
Susan

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very cute tote. That was a great use of all your scraps. Happy New Year.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Adorable! I say use it for visits to LaLa!!

Carol

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's such a sweet tote with such sweet images. So lovely!

Becca said...

That is so cute, Kathy! I love the toile and the initial done in the matching fabric is perfect! Lucky little lady. :)

Maria at inredningsvis said...

It looks great :) I hope you had a great Christmas holiday dear.

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