Adorable Drawstring Tote for Kids

Your little one will love carrying all his goodies around in this creative backpack.
What You Need
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  • 1/2 yard each of solid blue (bag body) and black-and-white print (bag lining)
  • 63 X 8" pieces assorted novelty prints (pocket)
  • 1/4 yard black-and-white stripe (straps/drawstring)
  • 18 X 33" batting
  • Jeans needle
  • For optional name tag:
  • Scrap of solid white (front)
  • 3-1/2 X 8" piece red-and-orange dot (border, back)
  • Scrap of iron-on, heavy-duty interfacing (such as Fast2Fuse)
  • Permanent fabric pen

Finished Bag

  • 11-1/2 X 16"
  • Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
  • Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances.
  • Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From solid blue, cut:
--2--13 X 17" rectangles
--1--7 X 13" rectangle
--2--3 X 12-1/2" rectangles

From black-and-white print, cut:
--2--13 X 17" lining rectangles

From assorted novelty prints, cut:
--6--2-1/2 X 7" rectangles

From black-and-white stripe, cut:
--3 to 4--2 X 42" strips (For a child under 50" tall, use 3 strips; for a taller child, cut 4 strips.)

From batting, cut:
--2--12-3/4 X 16-3/4" rectangles
--1--6-3/4 X 12-3/4" rectangle

For optional name tag:

From solid white, cut:
--1--2 X 3" rectangle

From red-and-orange dot, cut:
--1--3 X 4" rectangle
--4--1 X 3" strips

From iron-on, heavy-duty interfacing, cut:
--1--2-1/4 X 3-1/4" rectangle

Continued on page 2:  How to Make It