Tutorial: Mini Grooming Tote

It’s been ages since I last posted a tutorial on here. I hope you like this one! Lately I’ve been trying to put together a grooming kit of sorts, and one of the items for that set was the tote to carry it all around in. I’d probably prefer one of the plastic ones if I had a horse of my own, but this one turned out so cute that I’m eager to share it with you. 🙂

You’re going to need the PATTERN first and foremost. (if you need a format other than a PDF please let me know!)

  • Fabric of choice (cotton works best in this scale) and 1/8 in ribbon for handles
  • Iron – optional but it will make this project A LOT easier. You can also substitute an old flat iron if you’d like 😉
  • Needle + thread, glue (fabric glue works best) and paint (also optional)

First, you’re going to want to cut out the pattern pieces and fold all the grey shaded tabs inward, like so.


Transfer the pattern to the wrong side of your fabric of choice. One way to do this is to trace around the shape without the tabs, then fold those down and trace around them. Or, you can trace around the entire piece, then free-sketch the tabs back into place. Clear as mud?


You want the end result to look like this:

Cut out all your pieces. (remember to cut the diagonal lines in the corners!)GT004

With an iron, fold and flatten the tabs inward. They don’t have to lay flat, you just want that sharp crease there. Fold in the sides of the main piece as well, to form the bottom of the bag.

On the side and front pieces, ONLY fold down the top and bottom tabs, leaving the ends flat.

Now it’s time to start gluing tabs down. I like to use Fabri-Tac. It holds well and dries pretty quickly.

On the front and side pieces, glue the top and bottom tabs down. On the larger piece, glue down the end tabs on both the short and long sides.

Basically this is a quick way to “hem” the edges, so when the bag is folded together, the raw edges are hidden.GT006

To attach the pockets/pouches on the outside, first fold in one of the sides of the bag:GT007

Run a thin line of glue along the bottom edge of the side piece, then line it up with the folded edge, and glue place.GT008

Repeat for all four sides, and you should have something that looks like this:GT009

Fold the overlapping edges over, like this:GT010

Here’s a view from the other side:GT011

Iron these down to help set the folds. Next, you’re going to put the two folded edges together:

This will form one corner of the bag. I like to glue these in place. Repeat for all four corners.GT013

Yay, it’s looking like a bag now! Take a break for a cup of tea or something. 🙂GT014

If you’d like, you can leave the bag as-is, but I like sewing it up for added strength. I do this by gently turning the whole thing inside out, then sewing up and down the sides:GT015

Here I’ve trimmed off the excess, and covered the edges and knots with a generous amount of Fray Check:GT016

Once that’s done, turn it right side out and iron all the corners/folds once again. I also chose to fold the entire thing in half and ironed it down, to give it some creases in the middle.GT017

You can add trim around the edges if you’d like. I brushed a thin line of black paint around the edges instead, and covered that with varnish.GT018

Add a couple pieces of ribbon for handles, a tiny logo if you’d like (there’s a couple on the pattern or you can make your own) and you’re done!GT019
Have fun! Now to make all the tiny things to stick inside it…

19 thoughts on “Tutorial: Mini Grooming Tote

  1. This. Is. Awesome. It’s so cute! And perfect! I like the idea of gluing seams in this scale, I would have sewn them and got very frustrated. Thanks for the tip!

    (Did I say I love it? 😍☺️)

  2. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I’ve made two already, one flannel plaid and one royal blue cotton. I found another great tutorial about how to make brushes and grooming supplies. Its on SCS_Tutorials on instagram. You can view instagram on a webpage and I highly recommend checking it out!

  3. Dear Nichelle, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This is my first time commenting but I think your stuff is amazing!!! I’ve made two of these :). Keep up the good work!


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