I found these simple and straightforward instructions for a tote bag on the Lazy Saturdays blog. She even has another post where she shows you have to add hand printed designs to the totes that are really adorable. I loved the illustrated directions in the blog and while I know a tote bag is just two big rectangles and two long rectangles, having these measurements and instructions really helped me when putting it all together.
My sewing skills are still pretty rusty. I was never an expert to begin with so tackling smaller projects really helps me remember the basics of what I learned from my godmother (she is an amazing batik artist, you can find her work here).
I used those packs of fat quarters they sell at fabric stores (they were on sale and I had a coupon so it was a win-win), the ones you use for quilting, and they ended up being the perfect size for these. I am hoping to spend the day making a few more of these for my friends as gifts. They are just the right size and really fun and simple to sew. A perfect beginner project.
What crafty projects are you working on right now?