patchwork toddler tote bag

I know a little miss who is really into bags and purses. With Valentine’s Day coming up I started sewing this little heart-themed tote, the perfect size for a library book or two.

The bag is adapted from two different patterns.

The first is by Kristin from Grandma’s Chalkboard, via Make It & Love It. I used almost the exact same method of assembly, but changed the dimensions so that the bag is longer and more rectangular vertically, and folded each yellow piece in half, right-sides facing, before sewing side seams.

The second pattern is by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew. She’s designed a very sweet heart patchwork block and very helpfully provided cutting instructions for several different sizes. I made one that is 4 inches square in size (finished) and added 1.5 inch borders on all sides.

The diagram below shows the size of each piece you’ll need. Instead of using a single piece of fabric for the “outside” (the bag is actually reversible), I worked in the heart block 2 inches from the top of that side. If you’re using a directional fabric, be sure to make sure the print is oriented the right way as you cut the pieces that will be sewn to the top, sides, and bottom of the heart patch. These measurements are just to give you an idea of how to piece this bag in an alternate way – if you’re comfortable with this kind of project you can probably wing it and make a bag of any size you like, the original instructions are that simple/adaptable.

mini tote bag piecing

Fabrics used

outside: Far Far Away Frogs (in yellow) by Heather Ross
inside: Pearl Bracelet (in yellow) by Lizzy House

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