Kids Art Bag {Sewing tutorial}

I needed to make a few birthday gifts recently.. you saw my marker belt last week, and today I’ve got a cute ART BAG FOR KIDS. 
Its an easy sewing project for even beginning sewers (is that a word? is sounds funny to me) and a fun place to keep your favorite coloring book and markers/crayons/colored pencils.
kids art bag
Before we get to the tutorial I want to make sure you’ve entered the TWO fabulous giveaways I’ve got going this week.
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Now, lets get sewing!!!
First, make sure that you have a coloring book you want to use for a size. I found these GREAT Melissa and Doug coloring books on sale.

I used this book as the size for my bag. You need to make a square. Mine was 13 x 13. (cut 4) or cut 2 from each of two fabrics(in this tutorial my outside fabric is flowered, and the lining is pink) you need four squares total. You also need two straps 3×21.  And finally you will need to cut a pocket. Mine was 13×8. (make yours wider/narrower depending on the size of your bag)
art bag for kids
Fold the pocket in half and match the raw edges with the sides and bottom of one bag square. Mark the lines to sew for the marker slots. I sewed every 1 inch, but use your makers/crayons or pencils as a guide for the width.
Sew down all the marks across the bag. 
(if you want a pocket on both sides, repeat this again with another pocket on the other front side of the bag) Now, take your bag outside pieces, front and back. Sew together and clip the corners.
Prepare straps. Fold right sides together, sew along this long side.

 Turn right side (I like to use a pen to turn it)

Pin the straps to the front and back of the bag on the right side.
Sew the lining together with right sides together, clip corners and leave it un-turned.
Now, put the bag outside, inside the liner. Right sides together.

 Pin long the top, and sew around, leaving a 4 inch hole to turn. Pull the inside to the outside.

Push the lining inside the outer bag. Pin and close the hole + topstitch all around the top of the bag.

I also attached my personal label at this point… {I like to spread the word, you know!} DO you have labels for your sewing projects? I’ve recently discovered  Mabel’s Labels

I love that they have IRON ON labels… it would make attaching them in difficult places so much easier!
You can also use them for fundraising {how great is that!}, help start a Mabel’s Labels fundraiser for your child’s school or daycare! Once the fundraiser has been set up you can shop through a specially created website link and your group gets a percentage of all sales. No more hauling boxes and filling forms because Mabel’s Labels handles all orders, payments and deliveries. Get started today!

 So pretty… so fun!!! An art bag for the girl/boy in your life who likes to color.

easy sewing tutorial

For other recent sewing tutorials see:
Marker Ammo Belt tutorial
15+ Sewing tutorials and ideas {features}
Kindle Cover tutorial
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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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  1. I like the art bag, it would be very handy! I’m not sure if “sewers” is a word, I always read it as the other meaning.. oops! says ” sew·er
    a person or thing that sews.”

  2. Jenya Thompson says:

    a very cute bag :) great for outings!

  3. Gina Wamsley says:

    Very cute! Always love your post!

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