The BEST 1/2 yard tote EVER :)

Posted by on April 26, 2018 in fabric, sewing, sewing for boys, tutorial | 6 comments


Does anyone else out there always click on the Pinterest recipes that say (for example)”BEST MEATLOAF EVER”?  I do!  I can’t help it.  I think, if they claim it is the best, it must the BEST!  Well, I think this 1/2 yard tote is pretty great, so I am going to go ahead and call it THE BEST.  Haha!  I will let you be the judge but I may as well shoot for the moon 🙂

I am teaching a little sewing class to a few local kids.  They are so fun and I am really enjoying sharing my love of sewing with them.  Our first project was pin cushions and now we are making our second project, this tote bag!  I think it is perfect to teach them how to follow a simple pattern, learn

If you are coming from my Youtube channel, WELCOME!  If you are already a blog follower, head over to my channel and watch this new video and learn how to make this adorable tote bag.

You can download the cutting guide to by clicking on these BLUE words below.  Print out this page for easy reference when making these bags (because I KNOW you are going to make more than one!).


Here is the stabilizer I use.  It is my favorite now and I love only using that expensive fusible interfacing when I have too.  I love saving the $$$, the time, and I love how sturdy this stuff make my bags!  Here is for sale on amazon.



Here are a few more photos of the bag!  I used chambray fabric from Andover for the lining and the exterior fabric is from Blend fabrics.  I love this combo, don’t you?  What would you use this bag for?  Library tote?  Piano bag?  Crafts on the go?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. I think this bag is really nice. I love your fabric. Is that little pincushion the one you made with the kids?

  2. Your work is just fantastic, neat ,clear and very well demonstrated. Thank you j

  3. HI Virginia, I just discovered your YouTube channel and blog. I am now becoming familiar with your projects and am enjoying it. Please notice that we have the same last name. Is it possible we’re related either by birth or marriage? I was born a Lindsay in Newport News, Virginia. I hope to hear from you if you’re so inclined. God bless! Julia

    • hi! I live near Pittsburgh and married a Lindsay. I don’t know of many from New Port News, but it is certainly possible! I am so glad you are enjoying the videos and tutorials! thanks 🙂

  4. Hi Virginia!
    Thank you for this tote. In making it, I think perhaps the measurement of the lining pocket on your pattern should be 6 x 14?

    That would make all of the non-handle pieces 14 inches in height. Thanks again!

  5. I have made quite a few of these bags for family and friends — perfect size for IPad or Kindle Fire along with cell phone a snack bar, pens/pencils, note pad and a book.

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