My kids love to color. They also love to carry their favorite toys and crafts in various totes and purses. They think it’s organizing, I think they are turning into mini bag ladies. Lol. So when I saw Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House very first fabric line release with Michael Miller Fabrics, I was thrilled. I mean – what could be cuter than coloring fabric?! Enter the Color Me fabric tote.
An easy tote DIY for all of your kids drawing needs. With inner marker pockets, this tote is perfect for carrying around a drawing notepad, pens, markers, pencils or more. And the best part, they can actually color on the bag itself before they ever reach for paper. Let us show you how to make a fabric tote, with free cutting pattern instructions below.
Color Me Fabric Tote DIY.
A tote to carry all of your coloring supplies!
- 1/2 yd. Color Me Fabric
- 1 yd. Light – Mid-weight Interfacing
- Fabric Markers
- Basic Sewing Essentials
- Cut (2) 13″L x 11.5″W – Tote Exterior & Interfacing
- Cut (2) 13″L x 11.5″W – Tote Lining
- Cut (1) 13″L x 11.5″W – Tote Pocket & Interfacing
- Cut (2) 4″L x 22″W – Tote Handles & Interfacing
Step One – Adhere interfacing to the wrong side of all fabric pieces as per the interfacing instructions. Fold pocket in half, wrong sides together, and press the top folded edge.
Step Two – Place pocket on top of (1) Tote Lining, matching up the raw edges. Pin around the sides and bottom, and baste stitch 1/8″ away from the edge.
Step Three – Using a ruler and pen, mark straight lines down the pocket 1.5″ away from each other. Sew the lines to create casings for your markers.
Step Four – Place (2) Tote Lining right sides together, pin and sew side edges. Place (2) Tote Exterior right sides together, pin and sew side and bottom edges. Turn Exterior Tote right side out, turn out corners and press.
Step Five – Fold Tote Handle right sides together and pin long outer raw edge. Sew. Turn tube right side out and press. Repeat for other Tote Handle.
Step Six – Match up the raw handle edges with the top edge of your Exterior Tote, making sure the handle is equal on both sides. Pin in place and baste stitch 1/8″ away from the edge to secure. Repeat for both sides of the tote.
Step Seven – Slip Lining around the Exterior Tote so that they are right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin around the upper edge and sew.
Step Eight – Pull tote right side out, fold the Tote Lining bottom edge 1/2″ towards the inside and press. Sew Lining bottom closed. Push Lining inside of the tote and press. Edge stitch around the top of the tote to finish.
How cute is that?!! And if your kids are anything like my kids, then they just LOVE ‘organizing’ all of their toys and other items in bags. Which makes this tote quite perfect.
For more incredible Color Me fabric creations, be sure to check out the rest of Hayley’s Color Me Fabric Tour…
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…