This is the 2nd post in the Library Bag Tutorial series. Today I'll show you how to alter the basic Library Bag, to add contrasting fabrics.
- 2 pieces 13" x 13" (33cm x 33cm) - main colour for the outside of the bag
- 2 pieces 13" x 4" (33cm x 10cm) - contrast colour for the top outside of the bag
- 2 pieces 13" x 16" (33cm x 41cm) - contrast colour for the lining
- 4 pieces 10.5" x 1.5" (26cm x 4cm) - contrast colour for the handles
- 2 pieces 10.5" x 1.5" (26cm x 4cm) - sew in medium weight interfacing for the handles
- 1 piece roughly 3" x .5" (7cm x 1cm) - tape for the name tag
All seams are 3/8" (1cm), unless otherwise indicated. The seam allowance is not critical, as long as you are consistent throughout the project.
Outside of bag - sew contrast fabric to main fabric:
- With right sides together, sew the contrast to the main fabric.
- Finish the seam with a zig zag stitch.
- Finger press the seam. I usually press the seam towards the contrasting fabric, but it doesn't really matter whether you press it towards the contrasting fabric or the main fabric. I usually make the decision based on the thread colour in my machine and the colour of the fabric. In this case, I've pressed the seam towards the main fabric.
- Topstitch 1/8" (3mm) from the seam.
To finish, follow the tutorial for the basic Library bag.
This fabric, with it's quirky characters, is ideal for a library bag. I can just see a young person likening the small characters to those in books they've read, or even making up their own stories about the characters.
I just adore this fairy tale fabric and am now down to small scraps. A pillowcase, previously made with this fabric, is a firm favourite with one of the little people in the family.
More variations and additions to the basic Library Bag tutorial will follow soon;
- Appliquéing book titles to a library bag
- Adding a Dresden plate to a library bag
- Incorporating a quilt block into a library bag
To finish off the series, there will be a round up post with links to different styles of library bags. If you make a library bag using this tutorial, I'd love you to add it to the Threading My Way ~ Sewn by YOU Flickr group. Feel free to add any projects made with Threading My Way tutorials.
I'll be adding this Library Bag tutorial, to the 300+ bags already linked to the Bags and Totes link party, here at Threading My Way.