Tote bags are a must for back to school Spokane children. They can be used to carry books, lunch and be used for a purse as well. They come in a wide array sizes and styles. They are easy to put together, easy on the pocket and a long time favorite accessory among children as well as adults. And for the cat-lover, there still is a wide variety of cat printed fabric to choose from. You can also use plain fabric and sew a cut-out cat on it. Denim is always a hit with school age children.
You can purchase cat patterned fabric at Spokane’s Joann’s or Hancock’s… You might even go through some of your own old clothes and cut out a cat from an old sweat shirt or t-shirt and use the denim material from some old jeans. Wash all the items of old clothing so you are working with freshly laundered material. Cut the pockets out, making certain to cut way around them, leaving room for seams. Next, cut off the hems and snip little clips with your scissors close to each seam, back and front. The handy, little trick in doing this is that you take that little tear, and split the pants or skirt right up the side. The tear will be in a straight line.
Sew four strips together, and be sure to iron from the back, then using a straight edge, cut right across the top of the strips. Repeat this step once more. Turn one of these around and sew them together for a patchwork effect. Don’t be concerned about matching up the seams. Fold with the right sides together, and sew down the side and across the bottom.
Cut out thee cat from the sweatshirt or t-shirt and sew ends by hand. Use fabric glue to glue the cat to the front of the tote.
Choose two strips of the denim that are of equal length. Fold them together, wrong sides out and press. Open them up, and iron the edges in to meet the crease in the middle. Fold closed again to create four layers of denim, with no raw edges in sight. Sew a straight line down the open edge always staying close to the edge. Trim the ends evenly. Add a few drops of fray check. Be utterly positive the straps are precisely the same length
The denim bag should be right side out… Mark the position of the straps and pin them to the bag. The straps should overlap the bag about an inch. Sew up the lower edge, taking off the pins as you stitch away. Then, baste along the top the entire way around. It’s always wise to reinforce the stitching where the straps are attached. They take a beating.
You can use the pockets from the jeans and sew them to the inside for keys, pens and pencils or sew them on the back and embroidery a little kitten on them or iron on an appliqué.