About a year ago I bought Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo. I LOVE this book. All the projects are easy to follow. It gives you directions with dimensions needed and directions on how to change the pattern if you want it bigger or smaller.
I run a sewing club after school for students grade 3-7. I made this tote bag tonight in about an hour. I think this will be a great project for them. I'll post pics of their projects when they are done.