Summer Sewing ~ Summer Reading Library Book Bag by Mo Bedell

on June 20 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 236 Comments

Weekly trips to the library are a highlight of the summer in our house! Mo Bedell from lime gardenias joins us today with this cute Summer Reading Book Bag, which is already being put to great use by her daughter! The bag will get you ready for a summer full of reading adventures…

Mo has contributed some fantastic tutorials for us before; here’s her introduction. (In addition to being a talented sewist Mo also designs fabric!) You’re sure to love her Easy Patch Pockets and Hanging Vase tutorials.

Every summer we like to take advantage of the summer reading program at our local library. The only problem is that it is easy for all of the books and tally sheets to go missing. If there is one thing that makes me crazy it’s having to look for things!

This bag is my answer to keeping the library things organized (which should save us some money on fines this summer!) and managing the number of books that come home each week. She can still get a good amount of chapter books in here but it will help her avoid the library equivalent of her eyes being bigger than her stomach. The idea is on our weekly trips she can fill her bag with books, keep her tally sheet in the front pocket and her library card has a pocket too. She can hang the bag on a hook in her room and I think this should help her stay better organized as she can store the books there in between trips. I designed this bag around my 9 year old daughter who enjoys chapter books. I think if you added a couple of inches to the dimensions you could make this work for picture books as well.

You will need:

  • One half yard of canvas (You could use a home dec weight cotton as well.)
  • Approx. one half yard for pocket lining, strap lining, appliqué and library card pockets. You can use scraps for these.
  • Brown embroidery floss to stitch the apple stem
  • 7”x7” piece of medium weight double-sided interfacing
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine needle for heavier weight fabrics
  • Apple template

Cut these pieces:

Bag:

      Cut 2: 14” by 14” pieces from the canvas for the front and back

 

      Cut 1: 10” by 14” from canvas for the front pocket

 

      Cut 1: 11” by 14” from quilting weight cotton for pocket lining

 

      Cut 1: 36 “ by 3.25“ canvas for the strap

 

      Cut 1: 37” by 3.25” in quilting weight cotton for the strap lining

 

      Cut 1: Apple (download pattern

here

    )

Library card pocket:

      Pocket: 3.25” wide by 3.75” tall

 

    Piece above pocket (under which you will sew the rubber band): 3.25”wide by 3.5” tall

To make:
Assemble the front pocket:

1. Following package instructions, fuse interfacing to fabric scrap for the apple appliqué. Using the pattern, trace the apple and cut out. Fuse the apple to the front right side of the pocket about 1.5” from the right edge. Using a zig zag stitch, sew the apple to the pocket. Using a pencil, lightly draw on an apple stem and embroider with embroidery floss. I used dark brown and used all six strands so I would get a nice thick stem.

2. Fold over the top half inch of the pocket lining piece and press. Fold it over another half inch and press again. This pressed folded edge becomes the top edge of the front pocket. Lay the canvas pocket front on top of this piece and fold the pressed edge over as shown. Sew in place.

You will have a nicely bound edge that continues into the pocket as the lining. Your pocket piece is complete.

Sew the bag:
I am a stickler for nicely finished edges so this bag will have French seams. If you haven’t tried French seams, this is a great place to start. It is really not at all difficult and the end result is worth it.

3. With wrong sides together, layer the bag pieces and pocket piece all together, right sides out as it will look in the finished product. Be careful to really square up all your edges and trim any edges that don’t match up nicely. This will ensure successful French seaming. Pin the pieces in place.

Sew very close to the edge (quarter inch), making sure you are getting all your layers sewn together.
4. Turn your bag and press nice and flat. I love spray starch and suggest using it so you can get nice flat seams and get things to behave the way you want them to. Take your time to really get your bag turned out well and use a chopstick or large knitting needle to poke out your corners. When you have it turned and pressed nice and flat, sew around again with a 3/8”” seam allowance. Now all your raw edges are sewn inside!

5. Make the corners. Fold out the corners and line up the side seams feeling around until you feel them lying on top of one another.

Smooth it down until it looks even on both sides of the seam and the side seams are facing the same way, towards the back of the bag.

From the very tip of the corner, measure in 1.5” and draw a pencil line. This is where you will sew.

I put two lines of sewing to reinforce. Sew both corners. Turn bag right side out and press. Doing corners this way will give you a nice structure to your bag.

6. Cut (at an angle as shown) the very top half inch off the edge of the side seams; this will decrease the bulk so you can easily turn and stitch the top hem of your bag. Fold over the top half inch of the bag and press; using starch will help you with this bulky fabric. Be mindful to make sure your seams lay in the same direction (towards the back of the bag) on the top of your bag as they do on the bottom.

Turn over another half inch, press and sew to create the hem.

Assemble strap:
The strap is meant to be worn across the body and the placement of the library card pocket can go on either end of the strap. My daughter is right handed and her preference was to have the pocket on the left so she can wear it on the front of her body. If you have a lefty, or just want it on the other end of the strap, the directions are the same. Just be mindful to make sure you assemble it carefully so that the pocket is not upside down. If you do choose to do the pocket on the right side, you might want to adjust your apple appliqué to the left side of the bag.

7. Fold down the top ¼” of the pocket and press, turn the next ¼” and press again then stitch to create to top hem of the pocket. On the bottom edge of the pocket, fold and press down ¼”. Fold and press ¼” on the top and bottom edges of the piece that will hold the rubber band.

8. Place the pocket 2 ½” from the bottom edge of the left side of the strap. Pin in place and then sew the bottom edge of the pocket to the strap. Place the second piece 1” above the top edge of the pocket. Pin in place and sew just the top edge to the strap.

Create the button loop:

9. Using a hair elastic (they come in the best colors) tie a small length of thread at the top of the elastic band to keep the top edges together. Carefully secure the top ½” of the rubber band under the bottom edge of the fabric square above the pocket. Stitch the bottom edge to the strap, running an additional line of stitching for added strength.

IMPORTANT: When pressing, press around the elastic as an iron on cotton setting will likely damage or melt the elastic.

10. With right sides together, pin the canvas strap and cotton strap lining together. Stitch up both sides leaving both ends open using a 3/8” seam allowance. Turn the strap and press nice and flat. (Again– Watch that elastic!)

After pressing sew the length of each side again, as close to the edge as you can get. You have an extra ½” on each end.

Press this edge over the end of the strap.

This will cover the raw edges on the ends of the strap. Pin the strap to the inside of the bag, 1” down, centering the strap on the side seams. Sew the strap to the bag by sewing a rectangle of stitches so it is nice and secure.

Almost done! Add the button to your library card pocket. Gently pull the elastic down to the pocket, taut but not pulling so much that you will get a pucker in your strap. Make a dot with a pencil at the very bottom where the elastic is comfortably pulled.

Sew your button on this dot. I suggest using a shank button so it is easier for smaller fingers to wrap the elastic around.

Check out the front pocket!

You are finished! Happy reading! Here are a couple of additional resources for summer reading programs:
http://www.scholastic.com/summer/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading/index.asp

Library card? Check!

Ready for lots of summer reading…

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236 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ Summer Reading Library Book Bag by Mo Bedell

  1. Carrie says:

    What a great bag! Thank you for the tutorial! What great giveaway prizes as well.

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  3. Chantal says:

    I would love to have any of those prizes!!

    Thanks SMS

  4. Michelle says:

    Another bag for books, yay! Why do I want so many? LOL

  5. Renee says:

    Super cute!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Great for Summer!

  7. J. Harmon says:

    What a great tutorial for a cute bag. The library card pocket is brilliant!

  8. Kelly P says:

    What a lovely bag! I adore the idea of a pocket specifically for the library card.

  9. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    What a fun bag! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Cindy Patterson says:

    This is such a cute bag. I found some fabric with fish on it in the remnant bin and knew I needed to make something for my nephew. This is perfect= just what I was looking for. I think his will have a fish applique on the front. He is obsessed with fishing and fishing lures. Thank you

  11. Jen says:

    Love it! What a great bag! Thanks for the tute!

  12. leah says:

    not only do i love the bag, i love the FABRIC. ;)

  13. Love this bag! Really well made!

  14. Lori Morton says:

    LOVE this Tote!! Thank you for the tutorial….I HAVE to make one!! Love your fabrics – think I will try using sewin’ themed fabrics – and will use mine for crafty totin’! :)

  15. Suzanne says:

    All the little details are what make this bag so great. I bookmarked it for the techniques used. Thank you!

  16. Virginia says:

    This is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. sangeetha says:

    I just need 10 of these. We currently have 50 books checked out between myself, my husband and my kids :)

  18. meghann says:

    So I whipped this up on Tuesday – very, very simple to make, even with my mathematical error in making the bag bigger. I think I’m going to make another for my nephew this week since I’ll be seeing him the week after (and his birthday was a few weeks ago – awesome birthday gift idea…).

    I blogged about making the bag & the changes I made to the size here: http://www.bflomama.com/2011/06/23/on-the-sewing-table-•%C2%A0library-bag/ Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial – it really is a fantastic bag & it came along just at the right time since I was wanting to make a library bag anyway! xo

  19. What a great idea! This is surely a way to get those kids excited about being organized. I loved the pocket for the card. GREAT job and thank you!

  20. Agnes says:

    I’m in love with this bag! And that fantastic apple fabric!!

  21. Sherry J says:

    cute bag, love the pocket on the strap.thanks

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Very cute, this will be great for my 11-year old she will love it. Thank you!

  23. Jessica says:

    I love the bag. Love love the library card pocket. And love LOVE your daughter’s shirt in the pictures! Well done!

  24. Maggie says:

    Cute bag and very practical! My favorite combo.

  25. Anne Marie says:

    Great pattern.

  26. Rebekah says:

    Very cute. :) I love the library & have definitely been finding myself there more since it’s summer!

  27. Michelle says:

    Made this bag last night for my daughter–thanks for the tutorial! The directions are very well written and clear. I made a mistake (put the applique–in this case a skull–on the bag side instead of the pocket), but it looks great. I wouldn’t recommend flannel and duck canvas as the fabrics though; one is too stretchy and the other too thick and bulky. Maybe home dec or cotton with a heavy interfacing. Thanks again!

  28. Jo Frogger says:

    I’m putting a divider in mine — unread books on one side, read and ready-to-return on the other. May put a “due date” window pocket, for calendar inserts, on the divider. Making one each for the public library, the university library where I work, and the members-only library we also belong to should help with the problem of “who did I borrow this from?” Just keeping the books in separate piles isn’t enough: the piles are NOT cat-proof.

  29. Bonnie says:

    This is so cute! We just signed up for our library program the other day. Our library cards are the little keyring ones though…hmmm, some customizations might be in order!

  30. Ann says:

    Super! I love french seams too. The library card pocket is so clever.

  31. Michelle says:

    As a children’s librarian, I love to hear about avid library users. The bag is wonderful. I am going to make my own as I frequently forget to get things back on time and sometimes my “reading eye” is bigger than my time. Great way to keep books out of puppy.

  32. Lovely, lovely bag! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Luciana

  33. N. Perez says:

    Very clever. I love all the details of this bag and the fabric is to die for!

  34. amy! says:

    This is adorable! Love the fabric combo.

  35. jasmina says:

    Great work! Regards from Croatia!

  36. Amber says:

    What a great tutorial Mo!! Love the little pocket for the library card!

  37. I love the library card pocket. So great! Thanks for the cute tutorial. :)

  38. Crystal says:

    I need one of these for my library books! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  39. Meredith says:

    I LOVE this bag!! I especially love a pocket for the library card. That’s the one thing that we keep losing track of in our house. What a great idea!

  40. Sue D says:

    Fabulous idea–love the pocket for the library card.

  41. Anne Marie says:

    Love this bag – thanks.

  42. JennX says:

    Oh so perfect- we are forever losing the date due slips!! And then… y’know what happens next!

  43. Debbie says:

    Love this! I am making one for me and one for the kiddo!! Thanks for sharing.

  44. so sweet, love that button pocket for the card!

  45. Shelly says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – I LOVE the apple!

  46. Brilliant! I’m a librarian myself and avid book addict. I’m so going to make this bag :)

  47. Stacy says:

    That is an awesome bag! Love the card pocket!

  48. Jen says:

    How cute! I <3 the idea (^.^)

  49. Seanna Lea says:

    This is really cute. I’m jealous (and desperately need one of these, because I definitely have eyes bigger than my stomach).

  50. Meg says:

    Clever bag! It is so practical and adorable!

  51. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  52. Katie says:

    This is perfect! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this!

  53. Jenni says:

    That is very creative! I will have to put this one on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Brie says:

    What a great project. Love the little pocket!

  55. Rebecca says:

    Adorable bag and a great idea for helping a library glutton have self-control. I may have to make one for myself :-)

  56. Cassie says:

    So sweet. Love the fabric choices. Thanks for the instructions.

  57. Stephanie says:

    The hair tie is a great idea. I would have never thought to use one of those in any other way other than in your hair. Also, love the apple!

  58. Colleen says:

    That is gorgeous! I love the card pocket. :-)

  59. Sara says:

    The pocket for the library card is a BRILLIANT idea! With 4 kids, library books seem to grow in every corner in our house. A few of these would help round them up!

  60. Stephanie says:

    I’m going to share this with the local library director who runs a sewing program for kids at the library.

  61. Jayne says:

    Love the little pocket! I can see this being used for many things. Can’t wait to try it!

  62. Jennifer says:

    Nice tut and cleaver design.

  63. Suzie says:

    A great bag for carrying books. I love the pocket on the strap for the library card. I must make one for myself

  64. Beth says:

    How lovely! It would be so easy to make a rough and tumble version for a boy, too.

  65. Helena Pope says:

    Fantastic, much much nicer than the re-usable grocery bags we always use on our fortnightly visits to the library, might just have to make three!

  66. Lisa says:

    Wow this is a really cute bag – you have just provided inspiration for xmas gift sewing with plenty of time to make a few up – thanks for the great tutorial

  67. Beth T says:

    This is a perfect example of why I love your tutorials. They are always so detailed, have marvelous touches (like the pocket for the library card) and include some perfect extra, like the links to reading programs. Thanks so much!

  68. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. The library card pocket is a wonderful idea!

  69. Martina says:

    Lovely and such great details! Very useful and so cute! Thanks so much!

  70. natalia says:

    cute! thanks for the tutorial!!!

  71. Beth W says:

    We live in a rural area and would have to pay for a lbirary card… Would love to make this bag to tote around our resale books for homeschooling. I think the details given may chase away my apprehension in trying to sew a bag!

  72. Michelle says:

    Definatly alot cuter then the reusable grocery bag I’ve been taking for my son’s books.

  73. knitsewreadlove says:

    Making this immediately!

  74. Beth says:

    This is awesome! I’ve been trying to come up with a library bag for my 6 year old daughter – this is perfect!! Thanks!

  75. Maya says:

    This bag is very cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  76. Amy A says:

    my son loves going to the library… how much more would he love it if he had his own bag? TONS! This is perfect timing, too. His birthday is right around the corner and I am loving the idea of making one of these bags.

    love the french seam – bet it helps the bag hold it’s shape better, too.

  77. Sonja says:

    Cute bag and the little bitty pocket for holding the library card? Now, that is stinkin’ genius right there!
    Thanks for sharing.

  78. AP says:

    I’ve been snapping up remnant home dec fabric for a project just like this. Maybe the tutorial will finally get me sewing up a bag.

  79. kirsten says:

    love this! definitely will try this one

  80. Ivy PM says:

    nice bag, great tutorial, have to make this for my son.. thanks

  81. Lizzie says:

    oh this is absolutely perfect! Thank you so much!

  82. Erynne says:

    Thank you for the tutorial sewmamasew. I would like to make two of these….one for me and one for the little one. Must learn more about interfacing though as I’ve never used it before. :o)

  83. Christa Gutheinz says:

    I LOVE this bag! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  84. Ng Lay Yen says:

    Here in Singapore, there are libraries all over the island. My family likes to go the library almost every weekend. This tutorial is great for us. Thanks !

  85. Shawna says:

    The pocket for the library card is so smart! I always try to give them my credit card when I go to the library…it would be much handier if I didn’t have to get out my wallet!

  86. christi R says:

    Thanks for a useful tutorial! I have a house full of reading girls that will love it.

  87. Tori says:

    I will definitely be making this for my daughter and her friends!

  88. Maeve says:

    My granddaughter loves those chapter books – and goes to the library on a regular basis. So this bag would be ideal for her personal use. Thanks much for the excellent tutorial!

  89. Alli says:

    What a cute bag! I must make one… :)

  90. Alessandra says:

    Oh – I love this baag. I have a bag fetish and this is the one I will be making this summer. Thanks!

  91. Barb Colvin says:

    This a wonderful project! I like all the attention to details that make it a bag that will stand up to lots of trips to the library. Excellent idea for the library card, too. Thanks for sharing :)

  92. Larissa says:

    So cute!

  93. carole whitridge says:

    That is totally, totally wonderful. I love the card pocket and the idea of filling it up then we’d put it by the door and fill it with things to return for the next trip!

  94. Amber Hunter says:

    What a beautiful bag, definitely going to have to make one for my little book lover :)

  95. Danielle says:

    I love love love the idea of the card pocket on the strap. How awesome is that. I am so gonna make three of these for my kids and our trips to the library.

  96. Cheryl says:

    This tutorial is fab, thank you :-)

  97. Karyn says:

    Very cute, and so simple. Thank you for sharing! Looks like you are going to have a great book-filled summer.

  98. Janet K says:

    This is great! I need to make one for my son. I have some denim I can use…I might try a different shape than apple – this design is perfect. I especially love the card holder.

  99. Sondra says:

    I love this bag, quick and easy. On my list of “to-do” things for grandgirls.

  100. Amanda says:

    I have been wanting to make a library bag for over a year! This has demotivated me. We go every week all summer, too. My kids are super readers. I just get sewing/quilting books, lol.

  101. Linda says:

    Love the strap pocket. What a great idea!

  102. Rohaise says:

    Lovely bag and great tutoria! Thank you.

  103. My husband is always wanting to make bags about this size and asking me to draft him a pattern to work from. This one is just perfect for him (sans apple). I think I might make myself one soon too.

    I really like the small details like using the end of the strap lining to cover the raw edges. These sort of small things make all the difference.

  104. Candy says:

    Brilliant! GENIUS! LOVE this!

  105. Heather says:

    Love this idea as a project with my oldest daughter! Thanks for sharing!

  106. bruinbr says:

    This is adorable! I love the big apple on the front and the library card pocket!

  107. Sally says:

    Adorable bag, darling model (I LOVE her skirt in Mo’s Party Dress fabric!)!!

  108. This is one great bag. Your directions are very clear and helpful. Thank you!

  109. Lynne in NC says:

    Su..weeet! Love the idea and the tutorial is grand. Many thanks!

  110. Katrina H says:

    I love the pocket on the straps! What a great idea!

  111. KarenH says:

    That is a PERFECT library bag pattern!

  112. Hayley says:

    Love the ‘gorgeous fabric’ hidden pocket – very cute!!

  113. Cynthia B. says:

    Very clever and useful project!

  114. Liz says:

    Very cute and a great tutorial – thank you!!

  115. Rhonda says:

    I wish I had one of these (actually a couple) when my kids were younger. We used to ride our bikes to the library 2xs a week and a bag like this would have been so helpful.

  116. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll probably whip one of these up to replace our now-falling-apart freebie book bag from the library :-)

  117. Jen Higgins says:

    So adorable! I’m going to have to make this!

  118. Lorri says:

    I love this library bag! Definitely adding it to my ever growing list of sewing projects! :)

  119. Linda S says:

    This bag is awesome! What a great idea. I’m trying to get my son to be more adventurous on his bike–maybe a ride to the library . . .

  120. JJ says:

    Perfect! My current book bag doesn’t have a pocket for the library card, which is so much more convenient.

  121. Kathleen says:

    Super cute. I love the special library card pocket!

  122. Filipa says:

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Great idea!

  123. Westin's Mom says:

    I love how it has a spot for your library card, how clever!

  124. April says:

    I love this bag, and it gives me great inspiration, as I was just trying to figure out a library bag for myself yesterday! Thank you so much for sharing!

  125. Stephanie S says:

    LOVE this! My daughter and I have been making weekly trips to the library. She’s 2 and loves getting new books. This bag is perfect to take along.

  126. Angela says:

    I want one for myself! What a great idea! I would have never thought to use a hairtie that way!

  127. Koren says:

    Book it!! bag.

  128. Cecily says:

    I love this bag. I’m already trying to figure out a different applique for my tykes–train, car, boat, monster, etc. Thanks for the tutorial.

  129. ikkinlala says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  130. Laura T says:

    That’s a great idea. I might have to make one just for me!

  131. KellyS says:

    Love this! Thank you for the tutorial. I need a library bag of my own, I am always searching for my card!

  132. Cat says:

    I really like the fabric you used ! Thanks for this great tutorial !

  133. Dell says:

    I love this, especially the library card holder.

  134. Lindsay says:

    Such a cute bag and I love the pocket for the libraby card, what a good idea!

  135. Beth says:

    Oh – makes me want to sit down with a good book right now! Or go sew – I think I have some apple fabric!

  136. Serena says:

    What a sweet bag! I love the library card pocket.

  137. Karen LePage says:

    I’m such a fan of the elastic hair band closure :) I use it whenever I can. No one in this house has hair long enough for a ponytail, yet we ae constantly stocked with these for projects!

    Great tute. Cannot wait to make it!

  138. Jessica says:

    Wow this is a cute bag! My little girl already wants one – she loves the card pocket, and so do I!

  139. wendy says:

    Oh, I love this!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  140. katevet says:

    so adorable! I love it!

  141. Dana says:

    Love! I just might make one to use as my teacher bag for this upcoming school year!!

  142. Jessica says:

    What a sweet aplique!

  143. Julie W says:

    Cute bag!!

  144. tracy_a says:

    this is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  145. Heidi Anderson says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I have been meaning to make one since my daughter and I started our weekly library dates! Perfect.

  146. Farscapegirl says:

    So adorable! Love the idea of card pockets on the handle. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial!

  147. kadybug says:

    cute! I was just about to go looking for a library bag pattern!

  148. Christina G. says:

    Lovely little bag!

  149. Jacque says:

    Super tutorial…love the great ideas here for bag construction, library card pocket, too! This would look wonderful in the Spring Street fabrics!!

  150. Jennyroo says:

    Brilliant! We need to try this out ASAP!

  151. Margie Bennett says:

    I really love this bag. I’m reminding myself that my kids need this bag as we are standing in line @ the library with arms loaded!!

  152. Susan C. says:

    The wee pocket for the library card is a fabulous extra! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  153. marilyn podoll says:

    Very Cute. Love the extra detail on the strap.

  154. Aesha says:

    “Sew” cute!! I love this bag! I’m gonna try it. Thanks for the tutorial. Btw I’m new to this website, do you have any video tutorials? I like to see what’s happening step by step in action. Thanks

  155. cute. love the little pocket for the card!

  156. Carol H. says:

    This bag would be great for my granddaughter! She loves to read. Love all the details on this bag.

  157. Jacqueline says:

    How cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I definitely plan on making this

  158. Rebecca says:

    Kids??? I need one of these! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  159. Morgan says:

    Great bag and looks totally do-able in my limited amount of free time. I especially love the little pocket for the library card–what a clever touch!

  160. Chiska says:

    what a perfect library bag

  161. Jen says:

    I’m totally making this Mo! Iove it!

  162. Kelli says:

    I love the card pocket!

  163. Anya says:

    I love this!! Both my kids need one now. Thanks for sharing!

  164. What a great bag! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  165. I want the library to be more important but my four year old insists he only want to read books we have at home! UG! That’s the problem with having lots of books. Didn’t think I would ever find one.

  166. sharon says:

    That is a great bag and thank you for the easy to understand tutorial!

  167. Liz says:

    What a great bag! I just love the fabrics you chose!

  168. Jocelyn says:

    Very cute. Love the apple fabric.

  169. lisa says:

    love this. my list is getting longer and longer. at least these are easy (I hope) and quick projects. love the bag!!!!!

  170. Joyce says:

    I love this. I want to make this for my grand daughter and her friend. I love the pocket for the card. Great idea!

  171. De says:

    I love this bag! I am a huge reader and still use my library all the time ~ this would be great since I continually misplace my card! On my way to JoAnn’s to get some cute home dec fabric!!

  172. persis says:

    Great idea, particularly the card pocket.

  173. Rocio H. says:

    Pefect for the kids to carry their books and library card.

  174. Gwen says:

    Cute! I think I might need to make something like this for me.

  175. Jackie says:

    I love the idea to use a hair elastic.

  176. Kris says:

    Adorable! Love the card pocket – great idea!

  177. Ramona says:

    Such a cute library bag. I think I will expand it and make one for myself. I do love the spot to put your card and it is just so cute.

  178. Joanna says:

    I just love the little pocket for the library card – what a great idea for keeping everything together!

  179. Maman A Droit says:

    I love the idea of a library bag…I think I might have to make one for myself :)

  180. Erica says:

    This really cute and looks so functional!

  181. Debbie says:

    Wow! That is such a great bag!

  182. Wahoo! Super excited about this tute. My daughter will think it’s fun!

  183. Christina says:

    I am in love with this book bag. Especially the spot that can hold my library card(which I am always misplacing). I can’t wait to make one of these.

  184. Katie B says:

    What a cute project! I’m bookmarking this one.

  185. Tracy Rosenau says:

    Great project! Just what my soon to be 7 year old needs! Thanks for sharing!

  186. Regina says:

    I love the library card pocket. Such a nice touch.

  187. Elizabeth says:

    Adorable fabric choices! And I love the idea of the pocket in the strap for the library card, as that is usually the one thing I have the hardest time finding!

  188. brenda says:

    Love the bag. Can’t wait to try it out.

  189. kelly jo says:

    Love it! Wish I had some of that apple print too! Very cute!

  190. Jill Cera says:

    I love this! I’m a librarian and I’m going to make up some of these for my grandkids, and maybe a few for a special drawing for our summer reading program. I especially love the card pocket.

  191. meghann says:

    This is beautiful. I’ve been meaning to make a tote bag for our library books but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I think I might play with the dimensions on this one & see if I can make it work. (I get a lot of crafting books that are more picture-book-sized.) I can’t wait to give it a try… xo

  192. elsa says:

    oh, love the bag! thanks so much for the tutorial! I’d love the book!

  193. Eleonora says:

    pretty idea!it is a useful funny bag to carry our books…or our little sewing works!

  194. dorothy says:

    What a great idea. I especially love the library card pocket. Clever.

  195. Gretchen says:

    Great tutorial! We love summer reading programs at our library!

  196. Bobby says:

    I can not wait to make these for my kids! The library is a big part of our summer now that my boys are older and loving to read and these are perfect! Keeping their card with the bag! So cool!

  197. Alice says:

    Oh, this is so cute! I love the apple applique, and the pocket for the library card is such a smart idea!

  198. Mary Haub... says:

    Very cute! Love the card pocket! Reminds me… I need to take my books back!

  199. Tara says:

    I want to make 1 for all 3 of my kids! I love this. Again, thanks for sharing yet another wonderful tutorial.

  200. Sally says:

    OMG, this is the most perfect library bag I have ever laid eyes on. Must. Make. NOW!

    Thank you!

  201. Steph says:

    Cute–I like the French seams–nice and clean!

  202. JJ says:

    This is wonderful. I can’t wait to make one, thanks.

  203. jen says:

    great idea with pockets on the straps, I hate digging through my purse to try and find the library card!

  204. Lisa uotinen says:

    Mo, I love this! thank you. From Kristin’s sister Lisa :)

  205. Sharon says:

    thanks for this fun tutorial

  206. Crystal says:

    This is super cute and my daughter would love it as a school bag too. Thank you for a great pattern.

  207. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    What a cute bag!

  208. Michele says:

    Absolutely adorable! You make French seams look so easy. Gotta try ‘em!

  209. Bernice says:

    What a beautiful bag. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  210. Audrey says:

    I love this idea!

  211. Jess says:

    This bag is so cute – I like chapter books, I should make one for myself, lol! :)

  212. This bag is really cute! Thank you for the tutorial. I really need to do more applique! (P.S. I LOVED the summer reading programs when I was a kid!!)

  213. Glenys says:

    Its so pretty! I like the fabric too.

  214. Kelly Irene says:

    What a great bag! I especially like the library card pockets and of course the apple print.

  215. Floreksa says:

    My daughter would go NUTS for a bag like that! Looks like I’ll be picking up some canvas tonight. LOL

  216. tonya lemos says:

    i am going to make this library bag this weekend for m daughter! Perfect summer bag! Thanks for the tutorial

  217. Alice S says:

    I love this! Its just my style and the library card pocket is perfect!

  218. Marie says:

    LOVE the pockets on the straps! What a great idea, easy to reach and no digging around for phone, ipod, ect.

  219. Deb says:

    Love that strap and especially the pocket for the library card!!! Very clever because I can never find my card!

  220. Asta says:

    Thank you so much for this tute. I’d like to sew few of them as quick and easy presents. I’ve been looking for some tote tutes that do not have lining.

  221. Angela says:

    So cute! I love the library card pocket — such a great detail.
    Thanks for sharing!

  222. Jenny H says:

    The bag is adorable! thank you so much for sharing this! :) I love the colors and the apples.

  223. Annie Mc says:

    Sweet & practical, my kind of crafting!

  224. angelina says:

    i love her sunflower top!!

  225. Mruna says:

    This is real neat…love the card pocket!

  226. Yael says:

    What a great bag! love the library card pocket!

  227. Sydney says:

    How cute is this! Maybe this will get me more in the habit of going to the library rather than bookmooch!

  228. Tas says:

    Such a sweet bag. Love the pocket for the card. Thanks for the tutorial.

  229. dear Mo,you have been so creative.Your apple design bag is so sweet.on seeing your work, make my temperature to sew boiling! Actually i like to sew beads and handmade embroidery..i think it is quite applicable to decorate your bag..welcome to visit my blog nikkamisah.blogspot.com

  230. tartankiwi says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial, I’ll have to give this a go!

  231. Debbie S says:

    What a great tutorial! I just love this bag, my son is 5 and we really need to get on the stick with reading, this will be a great incentive. Thank you!

  232. I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  233. liz says:

    that is so cute! and very simple for little children to handle. great tutorial!

  234. Silvia says:

    Great tutorial!! Thank you!! :)

  235. Henria O. says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing this!

  236. Ashleigh says:

    Great idea. I love the pocket for your library card. Would also be a good idea for a gym bag and card too.

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