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Toddler Tote Tutorial with Free Camera Applique Pattern

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

My kid LOVES to carry stuff around. I can only guess how many times he has hurt himself because he had a golfball in each hand and refused to let go of one in order to brace his fall. I promised a few weeks ago that I’d share the free camera applique pattern this month, and I thought a toddler sized tote bag would be a perfect match!

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

How cute is he! I am biased, clearly, but I love seeing him drag his new bag around. The front panel is a velcro pocket for storing smaller things like Easter eggs, legos, etc. I wanted the straps to be short enough that he could throw it over his shoulder; we have a toddler-sized backpack but he doesn’t have the coordination yet to take it on and off himself.

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

Here you can see the pocket with a few toys peeking out. Velcro is easiest for him to open and shut himself, but you could easily use other closures.

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

Here’s a closeup of the camera applique!

Want to make one for a toddler in your life?

Toddler Tote Tutorial

Supplies:

  • 2 rectangles of fabric (preferably home decorator weight) 11″w X 15″
  • 1 rectangle of fabric for the front pocket 11″w X 7.5″
  • Assorted scraps for applique
  • 11″X 11″ square of Wonder-Under* or similar product
  • 11″ long piece of Velcro
  • 11″ long piece of decorative trim
  • 2 15″ long webbing pieces for handles
  • Printed copy of Free Camera Applique Template – Swoodson Says
  • Pen or marker
  •  Fray Check * or a lighter

Steps:

 1. Layer Wonder-Under* over the template and trace. Use Fray Check * or a lighter to seal the ends of all webbing pieces.

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

2. Roughly cut around each shape and then iron on to desired fabrics

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

3. Cut each piece out carefully along the traced edges

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

 4. Finish one long edge of the pocket rectangle (I serged it). Sew velcro on to the wrong side of the fabric, along the newly finished edge.

5. Mark placement so it aligns  and sew the second strip of velcro on to the main tote panel.

6. Sew the trim over the velcro on the pocket piece.

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

7. Iron on the applique piece by piece, and then stitch around edges to secure. The stitch I used is shown below!

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Applique Stitch Setting Brother Sewing Machine - Swoodson Says

8. Finish the top of the tote edge on both body pieces. I left the selvedge edge and turned it down and top stitched.

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

9.Mark placement and sew the handles on with a diagonal box (surely there is a more technical term for this?) for added security.

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

10. Velcro on and smooth out the pocket, put both tote body pieces RST (right sides together) and sew around all 3 edges, leaving the top open. Finish seam allowances (mine are all serged).

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

Turn it inside out and you’re ready to go!

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

This is my Pinteresting graphic; I’d love to see/hear if you use the applique for a project of your own!

Toddler Tote Bag Tutorial Free Camera Applique Swoodson Says

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  1. HOW CUTE IS THIS KID’S TOTE BAG? COOL: the brightly colored fabric camera, a highlight on the lower potion of the tote pocket! Love the bright lime with white polka dot fabric. REALLY practical with the large outside pocket with Velco closing and the strong nylon handles. COOL kid using COOL bag for own “stuff!” Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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