Easy sew totes are perfect for a kid on the go. My kids are a pretty active and as a family we are always on the on the go. Being on the go with kids means that someone is always hungry or thirsty. One way I have tried to teach the kids independence and individual responsibility is to have them prepare their own snacks and drinks. I made each kid a sling that will hold a refillable water bottle and a small snack and maybe a piece of gum or two. The kids like them and it is one less task I have to manage. They know that at the 5 minute warning their bags need to be pack or they go without. It might sound strict but I hear so much less complaining than before.
The material I use is Oly*Fun from Fairfield.
Directions to make the easy sew tote:
Cut a piece of the Oly-Fun material to 9×5.
Sew three of the four edges together with a 1/4 seem allowance.
Turn bag inside out.
Sew a diagonal seam on each side. This will allow the bag to sit level and give room for the snacks.
Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip. No need to cut on the bias to create the trim. The material does not fray.
To create the straps cut a strip that is 1 inch wide – I measured my son for the length.
Fold the material into thirds and sew closed.
My son also requested hoops to hook on his keys and his whistle. I used the left over strap piece to make this.
Sew the straps inside of the pouch. I make a square because I think it is extra durable.
Since it was such and easy sew tote. I made my daughter one in less than a half hour after making my first one.