Back-to-School Mini Tote

By  Christine Emberson  for  Spellbinders

size: 5-1/2"x4-3/4" (w/o handle)

  • Back-to-School Mini Tote


  • Mark Richards Canvas Goods Natural Tote Bag, 5-1/2”x6-1/2”
  • Red/white polka dot cotton fabric scraps
  • Felt, 9”x12” sheets: green, dark green
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Want2Scrap Light Green Rhinestones
  • Gold eyelet
  • Green buttons: small solid, medium pearlescent
  • Red/white baker’s twine


  • Gina K. Designs Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Shapeabilities Dies: Nested Apples, Postage Stamps, Labels Twenty-Two
  • Eyelet setter
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ice Jade Ink Pad
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

Basic Supplies

  • fabric scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and ironing board
  • 1. Press red dot fabric to remove wrinkles. Cut large fabric panel no wider than die-cut machine platform.
  • 2. Die cut nine postage stamp #2 shapes from fabric. Use fabric glue to adhere squares to one side of bag as shown; let dry.
  • 3. Die cut apple #1 and #2 from each sheet of green felt. Glue lighter apple to darker apple for each pair, offsetting lighter apple slightly to create shadow effect. Glue apples to bag; let dry.
  • 4. Stack buttons and thread with baker's twine; knot ends at back. Glue buttons to apples; let dry.
  • 5. Stamp sentiment onto kraft cardstock; die-cut into label shape #3. Set eyelet at top of tag; adhere green gem to center of heart. Tie tag to handle with baker's twine.
  • Tip
  • 1. To create a full-size tote, simply die cut larger stamps or squares from fabric and embellish with multiple sets of apples.