My Friendly Tote backpack - sewing tutorial for back to school fun!

It’s back-to-school time, a perfect opportunity to create a handmade tote for your child’s school materials! We love sewing for school, as it makes us feel like school is just a little extra special when they have a cool accessory. Check out this adorable backpack tote bag from Jojo & Eloise, appliqued with super cute faces sure to make them smile!

Many schools have different requirements for what a child can bring to school, especially in the lower grades and pre-school. This leaves for some fun opportunities to make something yourself, and embellish it just how our child would want it! This tutorial from Jojo & Eloise leaves a lot of room for personalization, and has an example for a boy and girls’ tote!

My Friendly Tote backpack - sewing tutorial for back to school fun!

My Friendly Tote backpack - sewing tutorial for back to school fun!This tote blends fabrics for some interesting texture, using felt for the hair details, and a cotton for the garment. Think about it as an opportunity to dig through some of your stash to make something fun — and if you know how to embroider, it could be fun to add some stitched details, too!

What kind of sewing are you doing for back to school time this year?

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