Monday, 20 January 2014

Library Bag...

Here in Australia, it's back to school time next week. Our main holidays are in Summer, beginning a few days before Christmas and ending just after Australia day (26th January). Most schools require the younger students (roughly ages 5 - 12) to have a library bag, so they can borrow books each week from the school library. 

Here's the library bag I made, ready for the new school year. I think the fairy tale fabric chosen is simply perfect for a bag that's going to be used to carry books. It's one I've used before, but had run out of... Mary Engelbreit for VP by Cranston and picked up at Lincraft. The contrasting polka dots, Swirly Girls by Michael Miller came from my stash, as did the solid red for the handles.

The bag is a quick and easy make, using the Library Bag tutorial, here at Threading My Way. There are several different additions and variations to the basic tutorial...

Obviously, I've sewn my bag using the first variation with contrasting fabrics. I made two small changes to the original. Firstly I added velcro to the top of the bag, to prevent the books from falling out. Secondly, I made the handles longer, so the bag can be worn as a shoulder bag. Each handle is 16 inches (40cm) in length.

Although it's simple to make, this little bag is sturdy enough to stand up to the wear and tear it will receive, while at the same time, protecting all the books it will carry throughout the year.

... Pam


  1. That's the perfect fabric for a book bag - here the schools send books home regularly too, but IIRC, they mostly come home in plastic ziplock bags in the kids' backpacks :D Definitely not as cute as a nice handmade book bag!

  2. Sweet bag Pam, should encourage lots of reading.

  3. I love the fabrics used for this! What a great way to hold the library books; I think with children this would make it even more fun to go to the library.

  4. Cute, cute bag and perfect for carrying around library books! :O)

  5. Yes, the fabric is perfect!! So cute!

  6. The fabric you have chosen to make this bag is perfect, I love the contrasting fabrics you used, the polka dots and the solid red for the handles is a winning combination for me. I'm sure that anyone who has to use this bag to go to school, is going to do it very happy :)

  7. Great bag, great tutorial. Lucky child who gets this bag.
    Cheers Pauline

  8. The story book fabric is perfect for a library bag. Good idea to have velcro at the top, especially if a child is using the bag. I know my kids like to swing bags around!lol

  9. So lovely!
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

  10. I loved this bag so much it was pinned straight to the pinterest board! The fabric is ah-mazing too!! I will be keeping an eye out for some cute fabric so I can copy cat. x

    1. It is gorgeous fabric, isn't it. I'm glad I bought extra this time. Thanks for pinning.

  11. Lovely bag, the material is great :) thanks for sharing at Creative Monday...

  12. Looks great! I just love the fabrics you used...


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