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Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Today I wanted to show how to make this cute book or scripture tote for your kiddos. I actually made this one awhile ago for my oldest daughter to replace hers that was falling apart and she begged me to make her one this time {I don’t know why, my sewing skills aren’t super}.

So, after she gave me the puppy look, I gave in. But, it turned out looking fairly decent, so I decided to share after all….

Here’s what you will need:

~ About 1 yard of duck cloth canvas fabric for the whole thing ….you can split that up between 2 fabrics, like I did here. You’ll have a little leftover to use for another project ;)

~ 24 inches matching ribbon

~Flower or embellishment

~Matching thread

Start by gathering up all the fabric you want to use. I made this one fully lined on the inside, so I wanted to get fabric that coordinated well. It is technically reversible but would be kinda hard if you had the flower on the inside.

Since this is to carry heavy items, I made it with duck canvas fabric to make it a bit sturdier. you can find a pretty good selection at Hobby Lobby.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

You will need to cut your pieces thusly:

~2 inside {main body} pieces 12″ x 9 1/2″

~2 outside bottom pieces 12″ x 7″

~2 outside top pieces 12″ x 3″

~4 strap pieces 12″ x 2″

~2 pocket pieces {optional} 7″ x 5 1/2″ You can adjust the size of these to whatever works for you

These dimensions will fit a set of scriptures perfectly {2 separate books} with a little extra room, but can be adjusted to fit a Quad {1 book} or any other books you need to tote around. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance for everything, unless otherwise noted.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Start by sewing the outside pieces together at the top {right sides together} and then flip them over and iron the seam flat.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Cut the ribbon into two 12″ pieces and sew each one onto the 2 front pieces….over the seam.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now grab the pocket pieces. Now, I don’t know if I did these right, but it worked for me.

~I folded the edges over twice around each and sewed the down.

~Then, I sewed them onto the fabric on each side about 3″ up from the bottom {don’t forget to NOT sew the top closed}. Confusing? I hope not…

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

~Sew the outside pieces together {right sides together}

~Then sew the liner pieces together….leaving the tops open on both, of course.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now for the boxed corners!! Woo hoo!!

~Leaving the pieces inside~out, pull each corner out as shown and flatten.

~Measure 2 inches from the pointy part {don’t include the seam allowance}, and use a ruler to draw a line across.

~Then sew a straight line across and cut off the excess.

~After you do both sides on both pieces, turn them right~side~out and iron the boxed corners down.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

On to the straps!

~Grab both pairs of fabric and sew them {right sides} together….just down the sides. Leave the ends open.

~Then turn them right~side~out and iron them flat.

~And finally topstitch about 1/4″ in up each side.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now, pin the straps onto the the outside part of the bag as shown. I attached mine about 3 inches in on both side and let them extend past the top by about 1/4″~1/2″

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Sew the straps into place and then slide the outside piece into the inside piece while it’s turned inside~out. So the 2 parts are right~sides~together.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Sew around the top with a 1/2″ seam allowance this time. Make sure to leave a hole about 2 inches wide.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now pull the bag through the hole and then tuck the liner into the outside shell.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Stitch around the whole top again as close to the top as you can….mine is about 1/8″ seam allowance.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Stitch X’s where the handles are under the fabric to reinforce their strength.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Finally add the cute flower {this is a flower I had leftover from this project} or embellishment onto the outside and….

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Voila!

You can simplify this pattern by using ribbons {or something else} as straps, leaving out the pockets, or by using only one type of fabric.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

My oldest loves her tote and I even made one for another kiddo when she got baptized last year. the duck cloth canvas fabric makes this a very sturdy tote and {hopefully} it will last a long time.

Adorable DIY Scripture Tote or Book Tote For Kids By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now run out and make you own cute tote for anything you need to tote around ;)

Have fun!

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Thanks Laurie!!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

Comments

  1. Jordee Lohrey says:

    Just made this today. It’s the first time I’ve made a bag and your tutorial was awesome. Thank you so much.

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