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Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques
Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques
Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques
Mini Tote Bags with Critter Appliques

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Use a sewing machine

Pattern Description:

These adorable mini tote bags with appliqus are fun and easy to make! There are eight designs - a monkey, sheep, bear, giraffe, zebra, beetle, bumble bee and ladybug. Handles are made from 1" ribbon. All the critters have the same body/muzzle appliqu shape. Button antennae/horns plus fabric yo-yos are stitched onto the bags to create different critters. The appliqu designs can be reduced or enlarged to any size. Besides the tote bags, you can appliqu the designs on t-shirts, onesies, quilt blocks, bibs, etc. Instructions are given to sew a machine straight stitch around the appliqu designs. Another option would be to sew a machine satin stitch around the edges. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can embroider the blanket stitch by hand around the edges of the appliqu pieces. A diagram is included in the instructions to hand embroider French knots for eye dots. Instructions to make yo-yos are also included.

THIS SEVEN PAGE PDF E-PATTERN INCLUDES: full size patterns for tote bag and appliqus, materials list, detailed instructions written in English and clear step-by-step photographs.

Copyrights protect these designs from being reproduced in any media format to be resold. Permission is given for the patterns to be used to make and sell the finished designs in limited quantities.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • . The finished tote bags are 6" tall x 7" wide.


  • Heavyweight fabric for tote bag - two 7 1/2" squares (duck cloth or canvas works great)
  • Light to medium weight cotton print or solid fabrics for appliqus - for each critter, you will need one 4" x 6" rectangle for body and one 3" x 3 1/2" rectangle for muzzle, plus scrap pieces of fabric for yo-yos
  • Double sided iron-on fusible web for fabric - one 4" x 9" rectangle for each appliqu
  • 1" Ribbon - two 11 1/2" pieces for each tote bag (black grosgrain ribbon was used for sample totes),
  • 3/8" ribbon - three 2" pieces for zebra mane (black grosgrain ribbon was used for sample zebra)
  • Buttons - two 7/16" black buttons for beetle, bee or ladybug antennae, two 9/16" orange buttons for giraffe horns, two 7/8" black buttons for ladybug spots
  • Sewing thread (sample appliqus were stitched with black thread).
  • Embroidery floss or perle cotton for eye dots (eyes on sample critters were stitched with #8 black perle cotton)

You Will Also Need:

  • Basic sewing supplies