Back to school

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

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.

With right sides facing inward, pin and sew two of the side pieces to the base piece along the long side.

Open up and press.  Stitch about 1/4″ from the sewn edge.  Repeat for the other side.

With right sides together sew along both sides.  Finish the edges using a zig-zag, overcast stitch or serge.

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.

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.

(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.

Pin the handles to the sides about 1″ from the side seam.  Sew in place with a box and “x” to ensure sturdiness.

Sew a cubby tote for your child's cubby to keep everything in one place! Better than a backpack because it's already open! These totes are also great for lockers.

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

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23 comments on “Back to School: DIY Locker Tote

  1. I find that this tote is really good, even for non pre schoolers. Itwill be really great for our homeschooling room wit the workbox system. Thank you for sharing at Family Fun Friday.

  2. Such a great idea for all the things they bring home. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.
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  3. This looks so cute and simple!
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  4. Love this little locker bags. Great idea and the tutorial was perfect.
    Thanks for sharing at Happiness Is Homemade,

  5. That’s pretty and could probably be adapted for other storage purposes. Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again!
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  6. Thanks for sharing at the party! This is a great idea. I have a teen & it would be really handy for her. Pinned & Shared.
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  7. What a great idea and perfect for your needs. Love the fabric. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
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  8. Cute! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls
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  9. This is an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join this week’s linkup that just went live!
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  10. What a cute and useful project! Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Pinned for future reference.
    Love the material and colours you used. Over from the Sharefest.
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  11. What a clever idea!!! Loving it even for a closet!!! Thanks for sharing this! Pinning!
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  12. It’s so pretty! Thanks for posting. Hello from Share the Wealth Sunday.
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  13. What an adorable project AND it’s useful! Great job!
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  15. Perfect idea! My little girl is going to preschool this year and this is exactly the way her cubby is. I must make this, thanks for the idea!

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  20. 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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  22. What an awesome Mommy you are. Inspired. Love the colours you have used! 🙂

  23. this is such a great idea! I bet my kids {although older} could really use this