Today’s tutorial is about the easiest beginner sewing project possible! This step-by-step DIY will show you (or your kids) how to make a super easy but professional-looking tote bag for all their treasures. Read on for this great sewing tutorial for beginners!
Today’s super cute kids’ tote bag is about the easiest sewing project ever and this cute dragon fabric would make the best Christmas gift for any little one!
Vivian has been dying for a tote bag to haul her stuff around in and she was just tickled pink with this cute fabric. This whole dragon collection is available from Riley Blake fabrics and I just love it. So adorable!
The first step is cutting out all our fabric. Cut 4 pieces of main bag fabric measuring 12″ wide x 14″ long (2 main fabric pieces and 2 lining pieces). Also cut 2 strap pieces measuring 5″ x 25″ long.
Next, sew your main bag pieces along 3 sides (2 long sides and one short side), right sides together to create two separate bags (outside of bag and lining). Next, fold each strap piece in half lengthwise (like a hotdog) and sew along the raw edges.
Turn the straps right side out and press well. Top stitch along both long sides, about 1/8″ from the edges.
Next, we’re going to box the corners of our bag. Take the main fabric of your bag and pull out the sides so that the bottom and side stitching lines are on top of each other and the corner becomes a triangle (see above). Then measure in 1.5″ from the corner and sew across the bottom of the bag, perpendicular to the line of stitching.
Repeat with the other corner of bag and both corners of lining. Press all seams well.
With main fabric inside out and lining right side out, insert lining into main fabric and line up raw edges. Insert one strap into bag (ensuring strap is not twisted) between main fabric and lining, and pin to main fabric, keeping raw edges even (I placed mine about 1″ from the side seams). Baste in place. Repeat with second strap.
Stitch lining and main fabric together, all the way around the top of the bag (be sure to back stitch a few times across straps) leaving a 2-3″ opening in seam.
Turn bag right side out through this hole, push lining fabric into bag and press opening of bag well. Top stitch around opening of bag (about 1/8″ from top), folding in the edges of this hole that you just pulled the bag through.
And that’s it! You’ve got a super cute. kid-sized bag that’s easy enough to whip up in just about an hour. In fact you can even have your kid help make this sewing tutorial for beginners next time!