Back to School: DIY Locker Tote

Get ready for back to school with a quick and easy DIY Locker Tote to help keep your kid’s academic belongings from overflowing.  Small handles on each side are perfect for looping over the hooks on each side and the boxed bottom helps keep it wide open.

Back to school

I’m Jenn from A Jennuine Life; since I have two daughters aged four and almost two, back to school for me still means preschool.  My tote is made to fit my younger daughter’s cubby at daycare.  Instead of books, my tote will hold changes of clothes and her blankie for naps.

Back to School

  1. Gather your supplies:  I made mine with a color blocked canvas base and double thicknesses of home decor weight fabric for the sides.  My cuts were 12″x17″ for the base, and 4 pieces at 17″x17″ for the sides.  Keep in mind when you box the corners of the base, you’ll lose a couple of inches in width and height.  I made the handles from two cuts of the yellow canvas 3″x6″ folded like bias tape and then stitched along both sides.
  2. With right sides facing inward, pin and sew two of the side pieces to the base piece along the long side.
  3. Open up and press.  Stitch about 1/4″ from the sewn edge.  Repeat for the other side.
  4. With right sides together sew along both sides.  Finish the edges using a zig-zag, overcast stitch or serge.
  5. Box the corners of the bottom by pulling the sides out and making sure you have a nice right angle and the seam centered and bisecting the two sides.  Mark a line perpendicular to the side seam.
  6. Sew along the marked line.  Repeat on the other corner.  Cut the excess and finish the edges, or tack the flaps to the sides or bottom of the bag.
  7. (Not pictured)  Turn bag right side out.  Finish the top edge.  Fold the top of the bag to the inside 1″ and sew all the way around.
  8. Pin the handles to the sides about 1″ from the side seam.  Sew in place with a box and “x” to ensure sturdiness.

Back to School

There you have it!  This was an easy evening project and it is now happy in it’s home in Hadley’s cubby.


  1. says

    I want two of these for my kids’ laundry baskets. This is a really well-written tutorial! We are sharing this at Our Sunday Best pinterest board and featuring it at the party.

    Have a great weekend,


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