My daughter Zoe has been invited to quite a few birthday parties lately and rather than buying gift wrap or gift bags, I decided to sew some mini canvas tote bags instead. Not only good to carry the present in, but it's also a part of the present itself!
I have sewn a few tote bags in the past year or so from various tutorials or patterns, but my favourite tutorial for quick and easy (and oh so practical) totes is this one from Sew Mama Sew. I love it because it doesn't waste fabric with fancy cuts, it is fairly straight forward to make, and I can now whip one up in about half an hour. I search fabric stores for decent canvas material and have found some really cool fabrics on special lately too which makes it even better!
The tutorial uses measurements to create a normal shopping sized tote bag. I made quite a few of these last year for Christmas presents, but I wanted to make some smaller ones, so I just halved the measurements (or thereabouts!) to make these mini totes:
Zoe was pretty excited to give these to her friends! We made a large one for her best friend too (we had to fit a big bouncy ball in it!!) Here it is:
The good news... all of the girls loved them!
All photos here taken with the Instagram app on iPhone 4. These totes were walking right out the door the minute they were made, so no time for any fancy photography!!
If you have made any totes, or if you know of any other great tutorials, please tell us by leaving a comment! Thanks!