When my oldest granddaughter Ciara got a job as a preschool teacher, she knew she would need a tote bag for carrying all of her teacher supplies. Since she is a teacher at Apple Tree Preschool, an apple theme tote bag was the logical choice.
I was pleased to help out with this because I enjoy making theme bags using novelty fabrics. Ciara had given me free reign with the fabric choice and bag design. Her only stipulations were that it would have apples on it and that it would be large enough to carry her binder and books.
I checked some fabric options online, but I didn’t want to wait for a shipment. So the next day, I drove to two nearby quilting shops and at my first stop, I found an apple print that I loved! It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind since I thought I would go with a school/apple theme. As so often is the case, as soon as I saw this apple fabric, I knew that it was the one that I wanted.
I found two fabrics that coordinated with the apple print, and I was already picturing the tote bag in my mind’s eye. I decided to use my Bow Tucks Tote pattern by Quilts Illustrated, enlarging the bag by a few inches in height and width.
I lined the tote with the same apple fabric and made the interior pockets to match the trim. I took the liberty of adding a few pockets for pens, pencils, and a lip balm. The zippered pocket is a feature that I like to add to a snap top purse or tote to keep cash, cards, or personal items secure and hidden.
I couldn’t be more proud of my granddaughter Ciara, and I hope that this apple tote bag helps her keep her teaching supplies organized and ready to use. Wednesday is Ciara’s first day with her pre-school students, and I’m wishing her a wonderful beginning at Apple Tree Preschool.