• Gather your supplies.
    • For your tote, cut two pieces of fabric 18" x 16".
    • If desired, you can iron freezer paper onto the back of your fabric to make it easier to color. It also keeps the permanent marker from getting onto your work surface.
    • Color in the fabric using permanent markers. We used both Bic and Sharpie.
    • You will now make a French seam. Once you are ready to sew (and this can be done before you are finished coloring) place the wrong sides of your fabric together and pin in place. Stitch down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side using a 3/8" seam, back-stitching at the beginning and end.
    • Trim any extra bits off the edge of your fabric.
    • Turn right-sides together and press.
    • Stitch all three sides again, this time using a 5/8" seam and making sure to encase completely the previous seam. Turn and press.
    • Finish your top hem by either serging or turning under 1/4".
    • Press a 1/2" hem.
    • Top stitch your hem and either stitch your handles in place while top-stitching, or after you have finished.
    • Your tote bag is now ready to be used! The French seam will make it extra sturdy and good for carrying heavy items.
    • Take your remaining piece of fabric which should be 18" x 11".
    • Cut it in half and cut a piece of lining fabric to match (we used canvas, but you could use the other half of your fabric)
    • Color your fabric and choose a coordinating zipper.