Here are a couple of cute totes that I made as Christmas gifts for my granddaughters.
My daughter told me they love to play dress-up and put on make up so I had fun making these and finding cute little things to put in them.
This cute little charm pack called The Sweet Scoop by Dan
Morris was perfect to use.....gummy bears, licorice....all kinds of candy! There were 38 pieces and I cut
them into 2 1/2 inch squares.
This is the same charm pack I used to make my granddaughters place-mats and mug rugs. If you missed that post just click here.
I cut my charms in fourths to give me 2.5 inch squares and sewed them into rows of 5 as shown below. I used 8 rows for the bags.
After sewing all the squares together you will have a piece that is 10.5 inches by 16.5 inches.
Cut your batting and backing slightly bigger than the front piece and quilt.
Here is the quilted tote piece. Sometimes I make totes this way.......sometimes I make the lining separate.....your choice.
I zig-zagged the edges.
I didn't pay attention to the way I sewed the squares together......thank goodness these are for my granddaughters!
I'm just going to show some photos of how I attached my zipper. I always buy zippers longer than I need.....I stock up when they are 50 percent off. I haven't looked but I would imagine there are tons of tutorials for putting in zippers on YouTube if you have never added a zipper.
I placed my zipper face down on the front of the tote, notice the bottom of the zipper for positioning....I really need to do a better tutorial on zippers.
After stitching it down, fold the zipper to the right side.
Then top stitch and repeat for the other side.
Cut off the end of the zipper AFTER stitching across the end of zipper.
I cut a strip for the strap that was 2.5 inches by 24 inches long, then folded the edges to the center and pressed.
Then I added a 1 inch strip of batting.
Fold and match the edges and then stitch on both sides.
This is how I attached my strap....BUT.....if you look at the last photo where the the tote is hanging you will notice that the straps don't hang right. Since the totes were going to a 3 year old and a 5 year old....I figured they wouldn't notice. Next time I'll fix this.
Here you can see the straps added, the zipper open and the sides seams sewn.
To make your tote stand up on it's own you want to box the corners. I measured up 1 inch from the edge. You can trim the seam or leave it as it is. Turn your tote right side out and you're done!
Here is the finished tote with straps. The girls really loved them!