Last week on my Facebook page I asked readers for ideas of new sewing tutorials they would like to see on the blog. I am so glad I did because you all had some great ideas! (I am always open to project ideas-I’ll just keep a running list of possibilities.) Several readers requested a library book bag for their kids to tote books to and from the library. This seemed like a perfect project for this time of year because me and my boys are always going to the library during the summer! So, here’s a very easy to sew kids library bag tutorial for you!
It should fit a nice pile of books and still be pretty easy for the kiddos to carry:
And I promise you, this is a pretty easy project to make. Definitely something a beginner could tackle!
Kids Library Bag Tutorial:
- About 1/2 yard of 2 coordinating fabrics
- About 1/2 yard of fusible fleece interfacing (optional but makes the bag much sturdier)
From your main fabric cut 2 pieces that are about 13 inches across by 15 inches long.
Cut the same from your inner fabric.
Cut straps that are about 4 inches across by 27 inches long.
Cut 2 strap pieces from the fusible interfacing as well as two of the main pieces.
Fuse the interfacing to the back of your main fabric by ironing it:
Put right sides of the two large pieces of main fabric together and sew around the sides and bottoms. Do the same with your inner fabric.
Now let’s make the straps. Fuse the interfacing to the underside. Fold the straps in half lengthwise so that right sides are touching and sew up the long side.
Turn right side out and press so that the seam is in the center of the back:
Now, turn the inner part of your back right side out. The outer part should still be inside out.
Slide the inner party down into the outer part: (right sides are together inside)
Now you will slide your straps down between the two layers on each side. Here they are laying on top of the bag, how I want them. Then I just need to slide them in:
Put them in place inside and pin them:
Now sew all the way around the top leaving a small 3 or 4 inch opening on the side to turn it.
Turn right side out. Press the top edge and press closed the opening, then top stitch all the way around the top to close the opening and make it look nice. And you are done!
Take this baby to the library and check out some books!
Need some book recommendations?