My Friendly Tote, Backpack

My Friendly Tote, backpack, cute

Just in case you missed my post over at  the36thave   here it is :)

 

Can you believe, Spring is right around the corner, unfortunately I can. It seems the older I get the faster time flies. UGH!!

Well you know what comes with Spring, Right??

Outings with your Kiddos!! And, LOTS of them!

So I thought I would share with you how you can make those outings a little bit more fun, with a , “My Friendly Tote”

 I know, Cute, Right??

Your going to cut out a basic Rectangle Square shape. ( mine is 13×11.5) 2 of your main fabric and 2 for your lining. I used Linen Fabric for my main bag and cotton for the lining. You really could use any fabric that you have on hand or that you prefer.

For the hair and glasses I used Felt, on the collar I used cotton.  D rings and cotton belting for the straps. ( I purchased the D rings and belting at Joann’s)

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I used some computer paper and laid it across the top of my bag and drew out a shape for hair. I then cut it into 2 pieces so that I could over lap it for the hair.

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I pinned my 2 pieces to the front of my bag and sewed in place.

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Taking another piece of paper I drew out the shape of glasses then took a pencil and lightly drew the shape of eyes. ( I did mine closed but you could do open )

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Then taking some embroidery floss I embroidered the shape of the eyes, following my pencil lines.

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Repeat the same process for the Nose and Mouth. Then take another piece of paper and set it against the sides of your bag where the hairline is and draw a shape for pigtails. Id your making a boy just leave as is. Cut it out and use as a pattern to cut your felt.

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Place your pigtails right sides together and pin in place.

If you want to make a collar draw a shaped and stitch in place. Or you could make a bow tie for a boy.

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Cut a small piece of your belting and stitch below the D rings to hold them in place then pin to the bottom of your bag corners.

Take the right sides of your main bag fabric and sew along the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

Do the same thing with your lining but leave an opening for turning right sides out later.

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Cut 2 pieces of belting for the straps of your bag. Cut according to size and length needed for the size you are making. Stitch in place.

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Place the Right sides of your bags together by placing the MAIN bag inside the Right side of your lining.

(NOTE* I forgot to snap pictures of me attaching Velcro to the lining. You can add Velcro, Snaps, Zipper, button for a secure closer at the top. You will want to do this before sewing your lining to the Main part of bag. )

Sew across the top of your bag. ( the Hairline )

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Now turn your bag right sides out, through the opening in your lining.

Stitch your opening closed and your DONE!!

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Now tell me this isn’t Cute!!!

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You can make these as BIG or as small as you want.

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This one below is actually our older sons but this little man likes to carry him around.

So I think I need to make a smaller one for him.

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So, go ahead an pull out that sewing machine of yours and get to making your little kiddos their very own,

“My Friendly Tote”

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Comments

  1. 1

    OMGOSH- HOW CUTE is that? I just love it! Darling idea- xo Diana

  2. 2

    Wow! So cute. There are so many ways these can be personalized. Great job and thanks for sharing.

  3. 3

    This is really cute and fun, thanks for a cool tutorial for kids :)

  4. 4

    Adorable!! Both the packs and the kids!

    Auntie Carol

  5. 5

    Oh my stars these friendly totes are totally adorable!

  6. 6

    CUTEST TOTE EVER ANGELINA!!!!

  7. 7

    Adorable!!!

  8. 8

    Way to go Angelina!! They are AWESOME!!!!!!

    • 9

      Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up tomorrow evening!

  9. 10

    CONGRATS!!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!! Come on over and grab your featured button.. you deserve it!!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-61/

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  2. [...] Angelina from JoJo and Eloise shows how to make a child’s backpack with personality.  She calls them My Friendly Totes, and they’re appliqued with cute faces.  You can make them for boys or for girls, with features that match your child’s or that live only in their imaginations.  Go to JoJo and Eloise for the tutorial. [...]

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