I came up with this after my son needed a tote for his piano books. We used pirate fabric, it works well with cute girly fabric as well. So get ready to crank this out quick.
cut 2 rectangles 26 x 12
cut 2 strips of grosgrain ribbon 18 inches long
Place right sides together and pin in place
place straps 3 inches in from the edge
pin straps in place
serge or zigzag along the shorter side on both ends
turn right sides out and press
top stitch along the edge
fold in half and serge or zigzag down the longer sides
turn ride side out and press
Viola! In 30 minutes (probably less) you have a great lil' tote.