Alright – here we are folks. Better late than never! My sister is visiting for a week and we don’t get to see each other often, so I am using a few precious moments to post something today. Remind me again to have a few posts ready for times like these!

the Library Tote

This bag is made from a Noodlehead tutorial – here. When I found it I was actually looking for a cute tote to use for library trips.

The fabric is an “As Is” piece from Ikea. I pieced the pocket together so I could use more of the cute birdhouse pattern. I think the brown is some linen I had in my stash. As usual I changed it a bit by making the pattern piece a bit wider to accommodate the kids’ larger book size.

Since making this bag I have sewn quite a few more for teacher gifts. It doesn’t require a lot of fabric, and is very quick and easy and looks great. There are reinforcement pieces on the inside at the top, and I have gotten my daughter to write “Thank You” and her name and the year on the inside with fabric markers – something to put a personal touch on the bag. I made them a bit quicker by using a french seam instead of the bias tape on the outside rounded edge. They sound fancy, but are really easy. It is a nice way to hide your raw edges without a lot of work. Here is a good tutorial. Just ignore the part where she says not to use a french seam on thick fabric with curves because of the bulk!  I used home decor weight fabric on all of the bags and they worked out fine.