Little Reader: Free Tote Bag Pattern + On the Go Bags

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Lindsay Connor and Janelle MacKay are authors of the new On the Go Bags – 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers: Unique Projects to Sew from Today’s Modern Designers.

The book features bags to organize your life on the go, from favorite bag designers and bloggers. All of the designs are organized by skill level, with support to help you learn as you sew.

From the publisher:

    Fab and functional bags to sew… that perfectly fit your life on the go! Favorite bag designers and top bloggers share 15 unique organizers, all tailored to a specific purpose. From a laptop folio or a gym bag to an airport sling or a trunk organizer, every tote has just the right features to keep your essentials within easy reach. Practical, stylish, and versatile by design, each carryall has multiple uses.

Mary Jaracz, who blogs with Lindsay at Craft Buds, designed this free bonus pattern that fits beautifully with the theme of travel bags. This child-size library tote includes a slot for the library card, so kids can “shop” for their own books. Learn more about Mary in her introduction, and check out her contributions to On the Go Bags when you pick up your copy! You can also learn more about authors Lindsay Connor and Janelle MacKay in the bio, and find additional book tour stops below.

Would you like to win a copy of the book? Leave a comment below about your favorite style of bag to sew and why. (We have a hard copy for US addresses, e-book for international winners.)


This Little Reader Bag bonus project for the final stop of the On the Go Bags – 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers: Unique Projects to Sew from Today’s Modern Designers tour was designed by Mary Jaracz of Craft Buds. Mary says, “Instead of carting around my son’s library books, I decided to make him his own book bag especially for the job! A small library card pocket and adjustable strap make this the ideal tote for a young reader. Stitch one up in your child’s favorite colors or use special inkjet printer fabric to showcase their favorite characters. You can even lengthen the strap to make an adult-sized bag.”

Finished size: 5″ x 9″ x 11 1/2″ (depth / width / height)
Note: All seam allowances are 1/2″.

Materials + Supplies:

  • Exterior fabric (home dec, canvas or similar heavy weight fabric): 1/2 yard
  • Lining fabric (home dec, canvas or quilting cotton fabric): 1/2 yard
  • Canvas or polyester webbing or belting: Child/Tween: 1 yard, Adult up to 5′ 6″: 1 2/3 yards, Adult over 5′ 6″: 2 yards
  • 2 adjustable sliders (center bar can be movable or stationary), 1″ wide inside dimension
  • Optional: 1 sheet of printable fabric for home inkjet printers

Cutting:

  • Exterior fabric: Cut 1 rectangle 15″ wide by 30″ tall
  • Lining fabric + library card pocket: Cut 1 rectangle 15″ wide by 30″ tall for the tote lining, cut 1 rectangle 3 5/8″ wide x 8 1/2″ tall for the library card pocket
  • Strap: Cut a 7″ short strap from the total strap length

Library Card Pocket Assembly:

  • Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise with right sides together.
  • Sew along the two long open edge sides then clip the corners.
  • Turn right side out and fold the open edge in by 1/2″ and press. Pin the open edge together.
  • To close the opening, sew a seam 1/8″ away from the edge and a second seam 1/2” from the edge.

Strap Assembly:
Take the 7″ short strap piece and loop one end over an outside bar of one adjustable slider. With right side facing down, fold the strap over by 1″ and use a zigzag stitch to secure the end, going back and forth several times to prevent fraying.

Note: If using a synthetic strap material, use a match or lighter to slightly melt the cut edges before sewing to further prevent fraying.

Take the long piece of strap and loop one end around the middle bar of the second adjustable slider. Fold it toward the back of the slider by 1″ and zigzag stitch to secure.

Position both the long and short straps so the right sides are facing up. Take the end of the long strap without the slider and feed it through the top of the slider on the short strap. Then feed the same end under the outer bars and over the middle bar of the slider on the long strap.

Tote Assembly:
Fold the tote lining and exterior fabrics in half lengthwise with right sides together.

At the corners of the fold, cut a rectangle 2″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide.

Sew the long sides of both the outer fabric and the lining fabric. Press side seams open.

Open up each of the four rectangles cut at the bottom of the tote in Step 1 and fold the opposite edges together. Pin and sew shut to create the boxed bottom. Press the seam toward the bottom of the tote.

Flip only the exterior fabric right side out, then nestle the liner inside. All seams should be hidden.

Press and pin along the bottom of the tote on the front and back, but not the sides. Make sure to catch both the outer fabric and the liner, and topstitch along the edge with a 3/16″ seam allowance.

At the top of the tote, fold 1″ of the raw edges of both exterior and liner fabrics toward each other so the raw edges are hidden between the two layers and press. Pin exterior fabric and lining together. Insert the straps 1 1/2″ inside the two side seams and pin in place.

Sew around the top of the tote with a 3/16″ seam allowance, then sew a second line with a 1″ seam allowance. To secure the straps, on the outside of the tote sew a rectangle on top of each strap with an X inside.

Form the boxed sides of the tote by pinning the four sides going straight up from each corner 2 1/2″ from the center seam. Sew 3/16″ in from the edge.

Finishing:
Center the library card pocket on one of the exterior sides of the tote with the bottom edge of the pocket 5 1/2″ from the top of the tote.

Pin in place and stitch around the sides and bottom of the pocket with a 1/8″ seam allowance. Reinforce the stitching at the tops of the pocket. Your library card should fit snugly in the pocket.

Optional:
Print a favorite book or comic book cover image onto fabric for inkjet printers. This type of fabric comes in 8.5″ x 11″ sheets and can be used in your home printer using the manufacturer’s instructions. Image size should be approx. 6″ x 8″.

Trim the printed image, leaving a 3/8″ border. Fold and press the border to the back. Center the image on the front of the tote, pin and sew with a 1/8″ seam allowance all around.

We want to extend a special thanks to Birch Organic Fabric for supplying the beautiful canvas for left bag in the title image, Acorn Trail in Peonies Mint and Laundry Day.

Check out the additional tour stops for On the Go Bags – 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers: Unique Projects to Sew from Today’s Modern Designers:

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206 Responses to Little Reader: Free Tote Bag Pattern + On the Go Bags

  1. Megan says:

    I love making tote bags – small ones for my small girls and bigger ones for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Joyce says:

    I like a cross-body bag for security reasons when traveling. Around town I look for bags that have an extra outside pocket to get to my iphone quickly and a place to park my keys so I can grab them fast. I hate digging through a big central area to find something. I like things organized

  3. Dannette says:

    I love all bags, but you can’t beat a good cross-body!

  4. April says:

    Just regular tote bags. I can’t have enough of them! And they’re so easy to make.

  5. Susan says:

    Any and all! Totes are a special favorite – quick, easy and can be used for so many things. Fun to make with fabric representing the intended use too.

  6. Teresa says:

    My favorite bag to sew would be a catch-all – get up and go Bag! Using whatever materials leftover in my stash. I use them for all things shopping, kids, food, picnic, travel… Happy New Year from New Mexico!

  7. Rajee says:

    Love this bag It has more pockets and zipper safe

  8. Deidre in Canada! says:

    I love making bags of all types — they are always welcome gifts! My current favourite bag is a pattern of my own — sort of a classy tote bag that can be used as a purse or a carry all. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Melanie C says:

    I love big bags as it seems I have lots to carry! Love this tote tutorial…perfect for my kids!

  10. Cathie says:

    I love this bag. I usually make small zippered bags.

  11. Kathy Hassig says:

    I love crossover bags.

  12. Lorraine Isaac says:

    I will be making the tote bag, one for each of my grandchildren, thank you

  13. Samantha in CA says:

    I love seeing all kinds of bags, but I have learned a lot by sewing large shoulder bags.

  14. Chris says:

    It seems I’m always making grocery totes but I need to expand my horizon. This would be a great book to help me do that.

  15. Laura says:

    I’m so excited about this book! I am currently sewing gift card pouches– they make the perfect gift wrap and they can be used later for makeup, pencils, or anything the recipient wants!

  16. Lindsay says:

    I’ve only made a few bags, but I would love to make that library book tote. It would make our trips to the library much easier!

  17. Pam L. says:

    I love to sew zippered pouches big and small!

  18. Robbie says:

    I love to make these types of bags. They are fun and relativity easy to make. Tote bags and cosmetic bags

  19. Kimberly S says:

    Terrific tote. I love it. Thank you.

  20. Bonnijean Marley says:

    I want to sew all the bags, but I’ve sewn only totes.

  21. Monique says:

    I just love creating, and since my kids are grown and I’m no grandmother yet, I’m always sewing.
    This could be the perfect Chritmas gift to make for my daughters. Really beautiful bag!!!

  22. OLga says:

    This bag has so many uses. I’m using it to tote things to work ie lunch books

  23. Veronica says:

    Well….if you ask my husband….I apparently love to sew bags I don’t need..haha… But seriously, I do love to sew bags for friends made of fabric that reminds me of them.
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway : )

  24. Kirsten says:

    I like sewing grocery totes. They’re fast and easy and make shlepping groceries more stylish, while saving a plastic bag.

  25. Cydnee says:

    I have made many styles of bags and I generally love any style of bag. But i love a unique bag pattern and especially one with lots of pockets and spots for “stuff”. I would love to try this!

  26. Katherine says:

    My favorite bags to make are tote or messenger bags. Looks like a great book to have.

  27. Deborah Werner says:

    I’ve only made totes but would really like to branch out and gain confidence to sew an actual purse. Thank you for this opportunity.

  28. Eileen says:

    I’ve made everything from zippered pouches to wallets to handbags to carry-on bags for air travel. I love them all, but what I especially love making are any type of bags that are multi-functional: ones that make things easier to carry, organize, downsize, and get going no matter what you do. πŸ˜€

  29. Kathy says:

    My favorite is anything with new and interesting hardware. I love the professional touch this adds.

  30. Gina S. says:

    Love sewing all the bags! From wallets to duffle bags πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

  31. Jessica says:

    I like sewing any bag that I think my kids would use, I know vague right? This library tote pattern couldn’t have come at a better time, my arms get tired trying to carry all the books and a baby. But, I haven’t sewn too many bags, even though I have a lot of patterns, so far my favorite has been a sew together bag for my mom because she would never contemplate making a bag not even for herself. The other bags I made were super simple trick or treat totes for my kiddos, who in the end took their plastic pumpkins trick or treating (sigh).

  32. Heather says:

    I love making messenger bags for on the go! Nice and roomy and functional as well πŸ™‚

  33. Sharon says:

    I like making all kinds of bags, but I think my favorites are messenger-style with pockets and lots of room inside. I tend to like a zipper closure too, so nothing falls out when I chuck my bag in the back seat. That’s a very nice tote bag pattern, by the way. Thank you!

  34. Sue says:

    I love to make totes and have made several of the Asymmetrical Color Block tote from your website. Everyone liked it.

  35. Kim says:

    I like sewing clutches, theyre small and therefore use less fabric. Theyre also cute and convenient to carry! I’ve always lived in and worked in small spaces so I can’t store too much fabric.

  36. Alison Dent says:

    I like a bag to be practical, have enough room for the job it is designed for; so a large tote for shopping, a smaller over the shoulder gusseted bag for everyday use or a special bag for those ‘posh’ moments. I enjoy making bags and love looking at the many designs that are available

  37. Nancy says:

    I like to sew simple styled bags, in several different sizes that can meet assorted needs. Upcycled drapery, and upholstery type fabrics that I find in thrift stores are my preferred fabrics.
    I like the ideas presented in this article.

  38. Janice says:

    I love a good tote bag or an over the shoulder purse that holds all the basics and a small sewing project or two.

  39. Theresa M. says:

    I like to make tote bags and different sizes of large-mouth zipper bags. This book would be great to have!

  40. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like bags with full closure that can be turned upside down without losing their contents. I like sewing small zipper pouches to stay organized.

  41. Heather f says:

    I love very small purses that just fit under your arm with short straps. They’re hard to find ready made and this way I get the length just right.

  42. Nicole H. says:

    Cross body bags are my favorite.

  43. Carola says:

    I love the idea of the library card pocket on the outside. So very practical!

  44. usairdoll in Ca says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! I love the big bags I can use for project bags are for carrying to class. The van organizer bag is awesome and definitely what I need.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  45. Teresa Block says:

    I especially enjoy pouches and clutches, but I’m up for pretty much any style of bag I see!

  46. Cindy S. says:

    I think practical, reusable shopping bags are my favorite to sew.

  47. Karen says:

    I like bags with lots of pockets.

  48. Mamalusco says:

    I like a big shoulder bag or tote. Thanks.

  49. kathyh in OR says:

    Any bag or purse – I like sewing them all.

  50. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I really enjoy sewing tote bags of just about any type since they are so versatile.

  51. Heather in WA says:

    I love cross body bags! I’m very excited that the patterns in this book are grouped by difficulty and focus on skill building.

  52. Peta says:

    Love the pattern and appreciate the gift of the pattern. I’ve been looking everywhere for a pattern like this. I’m going to add to flaps to the top with a zipper and put a metallic fabric lining to make a wine bag for a friend. It’s a gag bag. By that I mean I have made a label that first says in small print ‘At my’ and then in large letters ‘BOOKCLUB’ and then in small letters again ‘we do practical and theoretical analysis of wine labels.’ Thanks for the pattern again.

  53. lesley says:

    i am new to sewing and have not yet tried to make a bag. i have made some zipper pouches and enjoyed that so i hope i can continue to improve my skills to work up to bags soon!

  54. kim t. says:

    simple shopping bags are easiest to sew, but to use I like cross body messenger bags.

  55. Karen says:

    I don’t haul much around with me unless I’m traveling, so usually a small bag. I haven’t made a bag yet, but lots of bags in this book look great.

  56. Lydia Reading in WA says:

    That child’s library bag is pretty darn cute. Really like that one (and for obvious reasons).

  57. Honey says:

    I’ve never sewn a bag, but with this book I think I would find great success and many options. Thanks for introducing us to the book!

  58. Leanne says:

    I love to make bags – I’ve made some shoulder bags and a few pouches and even a weekend bag which was fun ! I’d love to try out some of the fab designs in Lindsey’s book too – thanks for the chance !

  59. stefanie in MN says:

    I enjoy sewing many bags. My favorite was a messenger bag because it looked so deluxe and got so many compliments. It was a lot of work and many details but kept me engaged and the finished product was well worth it.

  60. Peggie says:

    I like to make small zipper bags with quilted fabric. I am ready to try other bags and purses. Thank you!

  61. Barbara says:

    I like and use cross over and back pack types of bags. These are easier on my back, are safer while shopping and allow me to have my hands free.

  62. Mara says:

    My favorite bag is an over the shoulder bag with at least one zippered pocket for keys and cash.

  63. Gina Sandoval says:

    tote bags, fast and easy and so useful!

  64. Judy says:

    I have not really made any bags except small ones so I don’t really have a favorite style but the library bag is one I would like to make. It would be great for trips to the library.

  65. Joanne says:

    Can’t beat an easy tote! I’d like to try some more difficult bags with pockets, etc. though.

  66. Beth says:

    I like to make purses, and I wear them out so fast I seem to always have one on my to do list!

  67. Sandy says:

    I enjoy making shopping totes
    Sandy

  68. terri henderson says:

    geeze, you make it look so easy. looks like the right size to carry a couple of bottles of wine

  69. Kelly M says:

    Love this! I have two little boys who are major bookworms and end up with a mountain of books every time we hit the library. This bag is perfect for them. My favorite bags to see are zipper pouches and totes- they are both universally useful and quick projects!

  70. Joanie says:

    I like to make and share re-usable grocery bags!

  71. Margo in WA says:

    I love making drawstring bags to hold my knitting projects!

  72. Helena says:

    As a vintage lover i prefer framed handbags but as a traveller i prefer backpacks!

  73. Love your book tote. My favorite go-to style are cross-body bags with lots of pockets. Keeps my hands free and my stuff organized!

  74. Marsha says:

    Call me bizarre (yes, go ahead), but I love sewing cross-body pouches. And it’s all because I get totally into edge stitching the straps. Fun times!

  75. Christine says:

    This is a great bag. I have two little boys in mind that would love this bag. All the bags in the book are great.

  76. Cynthia Wilbanks says:

    My favorite bags have always been tote bags. The more tote bags I have, the more projects I can start!

  77. Carole-Jayne says:

    I love that tote. I love ALL totes, but my next to make is the Retreat Bag and after a few of them I will launch myself full force into the world of NCWs!!!

  78. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    I cannot wait to try sewing this! I actually want to use it as a bonding bag. Also make one as a gym bag!

  79. TerryAnne says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I love to make bags. Mostly I make project bags for knitting, but I love a good tote, too.

  80. dora says:

    I love to make shoulder bags!!!

  81. Carmen N says:

    I love tote bags with lots of pockets to carry knitting/crochet projects around

  82. I love sewing large tote bags, because they’re so versatile. Diaper bag, library book hauler, shopping bag, everything bag! They’re perfect for on-the-go. πŸ™‚

  83. Sarah says:

    My favorite style of bag to sew at the moment are little box bottom zipper pouches.

  84. Anel says:

    Love making totes because it’s fairly easy for someone who is just starting to see!

  85. Kristin says:

    I don’t have a favorite bag to sew. I’ve sewn a variety of patterns. I love this book bag!

  86. Cinnamom in MN says:

    I haven’t sewn any bags yet, but I have been thinking about a library book bag for a long time! Here is my help! I am so glad for these ideas.

  87. Lydia says:

    This book bag is great, and so functional! I love to use cross-body bags, but my favorite bags to make are small, boxy utility bags – like makeup organizers.

  88. Pamela says:

    I love to make shoulder bags, but I love to learn and I would love to win your book. The bag on the font of your book looks amazing. Thanks for the opportunity.

  89. Kelly says:

    Always on the lookout for cool bag patterns. My daughter has inherited my love of bags.

  90. Kelly says:

    Always on the lookout for cool bag patterns. My daughter has inherited my love of bags!

  91. Anne says:

    I love to sew tote bags. I need a new bag for all my cycling gear!

  92. Becca says:

    I just like a good, roomy purse that’s well organized. I prefer mine to have strap that goes across your body. πŸ™‚

  93. Melinda Meehan says:

    The more I read about this book the more I want it! Love making any bag that continues teaching me..so much to learn! This would be a great addition to belong in my sewing room????

  94. Charlotte Lunsford says:

    I like to make reusable shopping bags. Thanks, the book looks great

  95. Stephanie says:

    I haven’t sewn any bags yet. This book would help me. I like handmade crossbody purses that I have seen and could use one. That is probably where I will begin.

  96. kiri says:

    my favourite bag to make is a small cross body bag that holds all the essentials

  97. Linda says:

    My favorite bag to make is a messenger bag. ljbisme at msn dot com

  98. Carla S says:

    I haven’t made my first bag yet. I want to sew a hobo bag with tons of interior pockets.

  99. Patty in MN says:

    I love fabric (!), so any bag that helps organize my life, or a loved one’s, is the one I want to make. Pockets are required.

  100. Renea says:

    I like to sew all kinds of purses & bags. My favorite bag to make for gifts is a market bag. Everyone is thrilled to have one. I am really wanting a copy of this book.

  101. bekki says:

    My favourite bag to sew is a little purse. This is a nice tote pattern, I like the clean design.

  102. Sally K says:

    My favorite type of bag is a cross body bag with an adjustable strap. On the Go Bags looks like a great addition to my library!

  103. Juanita says:

    I love all kinds of bags. For sewing I like a simple tote bag that I can personalize by quilting the fabric, adding names, designs, or any number of things to make it personal.

  104. I love making zipper pouches because they are quick….and I love making purses– it is so satisfying to have someone compliment a bag you’re carrying and be able to reply, “Thanks! I made it!”

    I’ve seen this book featured on other individuals’ sewing blogs and it looks great!

  105. Karolina says:

    I love to make backpacks and messenger bags.

  106. Wendy says:

    That cross-body bag is a must for my bag collection. I love it!

  107. Shawna says:

    I am fairly new to sewing bags so right now my favorite are small zipper bags to help get things organized.

  108. Michelle says:

    Love to sew tote bags because they are so versatile and useful for everybody!

  109. Barb says:

    I love these bags but do not sew them. My friend is the bag sewer so if I would win, the book would go to her! Great book.

  110. Ashley says:

    I’ve been making lots of small drawstring or zippered project bags, but recently, I’ve been obsessively combing through overnight bag and backpack patterns.

  111. Peggy Jebavy says:

    I have Made quite a few green grocery bags that I love! I like all kinds of bags and totes.

  112. Christy says:

    I love cross body bags the best, but I think a tote is my next project bag-wise!

  113. Cat says:

    I love to make tote bags for all my knitting projects.

  114. Brenda in Washington says:

    My favorite bag for daily use is the tote bag – so versatile. you can make it any size, zippered or not. I also love messenger bags with cross-body straps.

  115. Marjory W says:

    My favorite bag is a bag with the shoulder straps rotated a quarter turn so the bag lays flat against my hip. It should have lots of pockets.

  116. Lynn says:

    I’ve been enjoying making small messenger bags with tuck locks! I also like the big foldover clutches with zippers.

  117. Chris says:

    Thank-you for the tutorial. I make a lot of grocery bags for gifts but this would be a great book to have around for gift making.

  118. Linda says:

    I usually make totes. Made lots of smaller patchwork ones with names appliquΓ©d on the front for my granddaughter’s little friends.

  119. Carla G says:

    I like sewing reuseable shopping bags for gifts. But my favorite is a cross body purse with lots of pockets. πŸ™‚

  120. Barbouille says:

    I like to sew and crochet purses. I also love to make drawstring and zippered pouches.

  121. Tina in Montana says:

    I love totes but would like to try other styles like the sling bag on the cover.

  122. Dawn Jones says:

    I like to sew tablet type bags.

  123. Susan Biles says:

    I love to sew totes, but am getting I to other types of bags.. thanks for the tutorial.

  124. Corimaria says:

    I like pockets and a large bag.

  125. Sheila L says:

    I’m new to sewing bags but I love this bag and I love the idea of being able to customize a bag. I like very specific pockets and have a hard time finding a bag that meets my needs so I’m looking forward to making one!

  126. whitner in AL says:

    I love a great cross-body bag. With 2 active kiddos, I like to be hands free! I am in the hunt for a good bag or pattern – one with one big central pocket, but lots of organization. And an exterior pocked for my phone. Would love to see if one of the patterns in the book will fit the bill!

  127. Carla k says:

    So cute! I love making tote bags that are unique in some way.

  128. Erin says:

    I love grocery store bags! Plastic bags are banned here anyway.

  129. Marisa says:

    I love making cute little shoulder bags for my daughter to keep her ‘treasures’ in.

  130. Sue says:

    I love cross body bags.

  131. Sorahart says:

    I love the backpacks I made my kids for school!

  132. Lori Morton says:

    LOVE your Tote!!Definitely want to make one! Thanks for sharing the Tutorial! πŸ™‚

    My favorite Tote to sew, is one my Daughter designed….and we made together! Was so fun…we had to make one for other Daughter…& Daughter-in-law for a diaper bag! πŸ™‚ Starting to think I neeeed another! giggle

    Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! Soo many great projects I would be making! πŸ™‚

    MERRY CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS!

  133. ybat says:

    I really like to make and wear backpacks. I find them to be really convenient when im on the bus or metro and that’s probably why I really like the bag on the cover of the book. Unfortunately really nice and stylish patterns are really hard to find.

  134. Beth says:

    My favourite bag that I made is a drawstring backpack that I made for my daughter out of shocking pink plush, with a lace pocket on the outside. Just perfect for her to carry her gym clothes in.

  135. Emma says:

    Awesome tutorial! I’ll have to make that πŸ™‚ probably my favorite bags to make would be purses, though I enjoy making others πŸ™‚

  136. Luanne Pang says:

    I’m a beginner sewer and I haven’t tried making bags. But I definitely love tote bags, they are my grab-to-go bag.

  137. Patti says:

    I like larger shoulder bags with lots of pockets!

  138. Beth T. in OR says:

    I am a quilter but a new sewist, so the bags I make are mostly simple.

  139. Cecilia says:

    I like to sew totes, because they are pretty simple. I’m not that experienced in making bags, but I love the projects in this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  140. Eve says:

    Cross-body tote bag, if that’s such a thing.

  141. Minn says:

    I have only ever made a FQ bag, following Diary of a Quilter’s tutorial. I have been eyeing Noodlehead’s Super Tote, and finally took the plunge and bought the pattern yesterday! Hoping to pick up new skills, and this book would be a great help!

  142. Carole says:

    I love bags for my lunch, handbags and larger totes for my kids to carry dance shoes, music books and swim stuff.

  143. Linda L. says:

    I like tote bags – they’re so versatile and everybody needs them. The variations you can get from a basic tote pattern are endless using different fabrics, add-ons, closures, sizes and colours.

  144. Erin Singer says:

    I have started to sew lunch bags, which are pretty fun!

  145. Amy Caldwell (@See_Amy_Sew) says:

    Going back and forth to Dr’s with Hubby calls for being ready to go. Would love to win a copy of the book . That way, I could go in style. Thanks for the opportunity to win and a free pattern to boot.!!!

  146. Laura L. says:

    I love making book bags for my great nieces and nephews. Six of them got totes last Christmas. This tutorial is fantastic! I wish I had it years ago. Thank you for the tutorial and the lovely giveaway.

  147. Holly says:

    I like cross body bags because I like to have both hands free.

  148. I have only sewed tote bags more than once, so those are probably my favorite right now!

  149. Cheri Barker says:

    LOVE the shoulder tote on the cover! That is the type of bag I typically use. I haven’t made many bags, but it is really tempting to get the book for that alone.

  150. Stacy Alfano says:

    I love big slouchy purses the best!

  151. Jo says:

    Looks like a great tote for my granddaughter! I’m a tote bag fan. A bag for every project!

  152. Judith Martinez says:

    I haven’t seen very many bags but I’ve gotten good at whipping together basic shopping bags.

  153. Holly Johnson says:

    My favorite bag to make is a simple zippered pouch/wristlet. I made the very first one following along with a free Craftsy class. I really love making these fun unisex bags, they are easy to make and can be embellished anyway you like…I just made one from a pair of old camo- print shorts that belonged to my son…it has a rugged masculine look…perfect to store his guitar picks and foot pedals. I like that these handy bags can be made in a size to suit your needs.

  154. DebbieKL says:

    Great library bag! I like shopping tote bags.

  155. Lisa Marie says:

    I like making tote bags and zip pouches. But I haven’t tried a lot of bags so I would like to tackle some new patterns. This book looks like a winner!

  156. Jennie says:

    I love smaller wristlets to us as a purse. But if you need a tote or messenger bag it better look awesome.

  157. Katie in NC says:

    I enjoy sewing tote bags and grocery bags. Never enough!

  158. Kate says:

    This is a lovely, well finished bag! It would be great for the grocery store or farmer’s market! Thanks for sharing!!

  159. MsVicki says:

    My favorite bags are totes – the more useful features, the more I love it!

  160. Deb says:

    I love to make tote bags…you can never have enough of them.

  161. I like to use a bible cover with a lot of pockets. Then I can have my bible and other things without having to carry a bible and a purse separately.

  162. Anya says:

    I love any cross body bags as they are so easy to carry and free up your hands (so you can wrangle your kids!)

  163. Pamela says:

    I love tote bags because there’s no such thing as too many tote bags. Most of mine are given away as gifts though!

  164. Pamela says:

    My favorite is the tote bag. I’ve made many, mostly for gifts, because nobody can have enough tote bags!

  165. Cindy G. says:

    I love tote bags or purses that have a lot of zipper compartments. Or, a bag that’s roomy enough for me to plop in a whole bunch of individual zippered pouches. I also like adjustable straps, although I don’t often sew bags with them.

  166. Christy says:

    I like to sew small messenger bags with a flap for a cute purse!

  167. Tonia Jeffery says:

    I prefer small vintage looking purses.

  168. Allison says:

    I love making little zippy bags lined with vinyl for gifts. Snack & sandich & cosmetics!

  169. Beth Strand says:

    I’ve been planning to make gift bags for ages!

  170. Tina says:

    I love cross body bags. You have your hands free and they don’t slide off your shoulders. It must have a good number of compartments though, so it’s easy to find things.

  171. Mandi in CO says:

    I like to make sturdy grocery bags

  172. Jenn R says:

    What a great bag! I love all the seam details. I’m a big fan of tote bags!

  173. Robin says:

    Gorgeous tote pattern!

  174. darlene says:

    Love to make tote bags for patients at local hospital’s cancer center, they get that instead of generic plastic ones! I include zipper pouch to store it in! Makes me feel good to help and volunteer!

  175. Miranda E says:

    I love a good tote! I always seem to need to haul things around with me, so I can never have too many totes on hand!

  176. Lee says:

    I love messenger bags and totes like the library one shown! thank you!!

  177. Terri in BC says:

    I love any kind of open tote bag! They are great for organizing, and easy to store. Thanks for the opportunity!

  178. Ashley says:

    Anything that will fit my laptop… always need more of those!

  179. Laura says:

    I’m looking forward to trying this bag pattern!

  180. April B. says:

    I usually make knitted bags, but that bag on the cover of this book caught my eye! I have giant breed dogs (Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs) that are on-the-go with our family, and I need a non-bulky bag that won’t slide down my arm and bop my dogs in the face. This looks like it would fit the bill perfectly, so I would LOVE to win a copy and try out this pattern!

  181. Jennifer You says:

    I mostly sew small purses because they go together fast…but I like this one a lot!

  182. Nicole Sender says:

    Tote bags are my favorite bags to make. They are fairly simple to construct and are always well received.

  183. Lee in KS says:

    My favorite style of bag to sew is the drawstring bag: it is almost infinitely adaptable. Bigger or smaller, one compartment or many, boxed bottom or flat, it works just fine.

  184. Crystal Rose in MN says:

    I like to make tote bags because they’re so easy.

  185. Michelle P says:

    I have made large duffle style bags before and although they are complicated, they are amazing when finished!

  186. Gill says:

    I love to sew tote bags – so simple and sew useful!

  187. Amber in CA says:

    I love making bags. My favorite type of bag to make is anything for my friends. Although I try not to differentiate, I always do much better work when I have a recipient in mind. My sister often asks for something particular and I love trying to figure it out.

  188. Kathy L says:

    I’ve only made a messenger bag and love it.

  189. Claire Ross says:

    I like to sew tote bags. They are simple and versatile projects which use up spare fabric I have in my stash x

  190. Beth Beal says:

    I don’t necessarily have a favorite bag I like to sew, but I do like to make fabric bags and baskets that are functional and I love the functionality of this book bag!

  191. Stacy says:

    I like cross body bags the best πŸ™‚

  192. Kellie Warren says:

    Great tutorial. I like a Barrel bag or a Duffle bag depending on my mood. But I thing the Barrel bag is my favorite. I like the cylindrical shape for a change.

  193. Rena says:

    I am a pretty new sewer, but I do have a love for purses so I would like to learn how to sew some.

  194. Kim L. says:

    I’m a really novice sewer and have only made drawstring bags so far, so I would love to get a copy of this book to learn how to make more challenging patterns!

  195. Debbie Y says:

    I love making satchel bags, they are great for everyone, male or female, young or old, and can look very different by the choice of fabric and hardware.

  196. Anita says:

    i really love functional bags, so I think this book is perfect for me. Happy holidays.

  197. Carolyn McGinnis says:

    I like a cross body tote bag with lots of pockets!

  198. Patty says:

    My favorite bag to sew is a large reusable grocery tote. I use home decor fabric, and it all comes out beautiful. I made a toddler backpack, and it was very challenging though rewarding. I would love to explore other bag designs and add them to my repetoire.

  199. Amber says:

    I like how fast and easy you can go from an idea to a finished tote bag, but the custom messenger bags I often make friends are the ones that have me wondering why I didn’t make myself one too!

  200. Melissa says:

    I love to sew bags, especially purses! I would love to find a pattern that would work as an outer case for my daughter’s flute. I look forward to seeing the book to learn if any of the patterns can be adapted for that purpose.

  201. Lynne Tilley says:

    I love to make little zipper bags.

  202. kristine r. says:

    I really love tote bags.

  203. Marilyn in WA says:

    My favorite bag to sew is a simple tote bag – quick, easy and very functional.

  204. Rena from GA says:

    I love a good tote bag. Can’t have too many totes!

  205. Linda says:

    I love the compilation of organizers and bags. Can’t wait for book.

  206. Miet says:

    That’s a really nice bag! I love making purses. I always want lots of pockets, and a zipper, to keep everything safe.

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