That being said, she is a quilter and I thought what would be better for her than something scrappy, quilted and handmade!
My son, Cohen, helped me dig through my scraps for the colorful log cabins and we fussy cut some adorable teacher-ish fabrics for the centers. I have never made a tote bag before and this tutorial by Maureen at maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com , was so easy to follow! I cut some 2.5 inch center squares and 1.5 inch strips for the log cabins. Then I just put 2 inch strips in between and made a border to equal how large the front panel was supposed to be. Super easy!