Hi, I will be showing you how to make this Crayon and Coloring Book Tote. I made this one for my son and he loves it, it's super easy to carry around and everything stays organized. Great for car trip or anywhere out... keeping your little artist busy. I made this a couple months ago. It may look hard to make but I assure you it's pretty simple.
Let's get started!
All you will need:
For the handle, you take your 9" x 4" strip of fabric. Fold your rectangles lengthwise in half and press. Unfold. Bring each of the edges toward the middle. Then again, fold in half and press, and top stitch.
Now for the pocket you first need to position your strip of Velcro, and fold your fabric in half, right faces together. Sew around, except the bottom, leave a gap for turning inside out, cut the corners (be careful of your seams!) and turn it inside out, then press.
For the pocket flap, sew on your other piece of Velcro and then place your other rectangle over top, and again right faces together, sew around, leave an opening, cut around the curve then flip it inside out, press and top stitch.
For the pockets for your crayons, take your rectangle fold it in half, right side facing each other. Sew around, leaving a space to flip it inside out, once flipped, press.
Grab your two small rectangles (13.5" x10"), fold one of the long sides of each rectangle a half an inch and sew.
Now sew your pockets to one of your small rectangles as indicated. Don't forget to add your allowances from the raw sides.
Add your flap and sew across the top of the flap.
Measure your clip and the distance around it. My clip was 1" x 4" and the distance was a half an inch from the top and 2.5 inches from the side.
Grab your other small rectangle (13.5" x 10") and draw out the measurements you just took, make sure to leave seam allowance.
Draw a line through the center right across. That is you cutting line. Then, at each end , draw a triangle from the corner line. Cut the center line until you reach the triangle and then snip into corners. Turn the fabric through the hole you just cut and out to the back. Press and top stitch around.
Now it's time for the big rectangle (20 x 13.5"). Here you can decorate it how ever you would like. Attach your handles and sew to secure . Get your two small rectangles and place them on top, right side facing each other.
Don't forget your loop (hair elastic) for your button (I almost forgot mine). Then sew around the rectangles.
Cut the four corners carefully (make sure not to cut you seams), flip it inside out, and press.
Add your button. It should look like this. Now you're done your cover!
If your binder is like mine, you will want to cover the gap on the cover, I just used cardboard paper and tape, nothing fancy.