Friday, September 04, 2009

A fun little sewing project

Last weekend, my 6-year-old granddaughter asked me if I could make her a little tote bag so she could have a way to carry her Bible and other items to Sunday School. I was sure I could easily do so, and promised to make one during the week. I spent some time looking through patterns I own, and also searching online, but didn't find anything as small and simple as what I wanted.

Finally I decided to ask the ladies on a crafter's forum I enjoy for their input. Two of them immediately sent this link, which was pretty much just what I was looking for.

little library tote

It was developed as a little tote for kids to use in carrying books to and from the library, and is made from a dish towel. I loved the idea. The hardest part for me was finding suitable dish towels. I finally found a set of three in a kitchen outlet store for only $3. I'm going to keep an eye out for appropriate ones, because I plan to make more of these. They were easy and fun.

I tweaked the pattern just a bit and used 1/2" seams on the tote itself rather than 1/4". I used the 1/4" seams on the handles though. And I had enough fabric left over to add a little pocket to the outside of the tote. There would have been enough for a pocket front and back, but my iron stained one of them, so I only put on one pocket.
All in all, a very cute, fun project. I am thankful both to the writer of the tutorial and the dear ladies who sent me the link. If you should try making one of these, I'm sure you'll have as much fun as I did.


  1. I'm not a seamstress, but I'm sure that my Mum would love the pattern.

    Thanks for visiting!

    Come back anytime.

  2. Hi Leann,

    Likewise -- I appreciate the visit and would love to have you visit any time here at my kitchen table.

    I have enjoyed my visits to the Old Parsonage and especially like that pretty header with the old chair and flowers.

    God bless,

  3. Mrs. T.

    These are the projects that are so much fun to make ;)

    lady m

  4. Hi lady m!! Thanks so much for stopping in and leaving a note. I love company here at my kitchen table.

    Yes, this was such a fun little project. The most difficult part was finding a suitable dish towel. I guess I will need to keep an eye out for pretty ones wherever I go. It is neat in projects like this how ideas come along the way -- like the little pocket. I was so tickled to discover I had just enough leftover fabric to add one.

    Stop by again! Don't forget, if you would like those teapot patterns, just send me your email in a comment (which I will *not* publish), and I will send them off to you.

    Have a blessed day!
    In Him,


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