Needle Crafts for Kids

Tote It for Kids

Sew and decorate a unique denim bag, and tote it around for everyone to see.
Sew and decorate a unique denim bag, and tote it around for everyone to see.
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This Tote It craft for kids is the most usable piece of art your kids will ever create -- so they'll be sure to tote it around and show it off.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 yard of bright-colored denim fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron-on fabric adhesive
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fabric scraps
  • Fabric paint

How to Create a Tote It:

Step 1: Have your kids cut a 14x9-inch piece of denim fabric for the bag and a 3x15-inch piece for the handle. (To make a book bag, cut a 22x12-inch piece for the bag and a 24x3-inch piece for an over-the-shoulder handle.)

Step 2: Hem one 14-inch side on the larger piece of fabric. Fold the fabric in half with the seam of the hemmed edge facing out. Sew the two sides of the fabric together, running a stitch along the bottom and up the side of the folded fabric. Turn the bag inside out.

Step 3: Decorate the bag with fabric. Iron the fabric adhesive to the back of some fabric scraps.

Step 4: Cut out shapes or a design from the fabric. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive. Place a fabric shape on the tote bag, and iron it in place.

Step 5: Continue decorating the tote bag with the remaining fabric shapes. Use fabric paint to outline the shapes or to add more shapes. Let the paint dry.

Step 6: To make the tote bag handle, fold the 3x15-inch piece of fabric in thirds. Sew along the length of the fabric to stitch it together. Sew each end of the handle to the inside of the bag. Sew several stitches to secure the handle.

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