Easy Kids Library Bag Tutorial

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!

Simple Kids Book Bag Tutorial

It should fit a nice pile of books and still be pretty easy for the kiddos to carry:

Make an easy to sew bag for your kids to carry books in

And I promise you, this is a pretty easy project to make. Definitely something a beginner could tackle!


Kids Library Bag Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

  • 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!

Kids library tote bag

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  1. Angie says

    Just wanted to let you know that the measurements for the main fabric is missing one part. It has the 13″, but doesn’t have the other dimension.

  2. Rebecca says

    Love it!! I will be making at least 3 of these and maybe one for me. :-). In the instructions it says main body 13″ across but there is no other measerement. How long did you cut your fabric?

  3. Margaret says

    I don’t have kids or a need for a library bag but I do have a need for a cross-stitch bag. This is the perfect size for a hoop and supplies for whichever project I’m working on. Just what I have been looking for. Thanks so much for posting.

  4. Lisa H says

    Hello Amber! I’m making the bag now. Quick question, where it says “Now, turn the inner part of your back right side out. The outer part should still be inside out.”…should the word “back” be “bag”? Thanks!

  5. susan mcconnachie says

    Thanks for your easy to understand tutorial. I used it in my Beginner kids Class, I left out the interfacing though. they even made a couple for Christmas Presents. Thanks

  6. Tania says

    Thanks for the tutorial amber:) the bag came up really well. Just wanted to make a comment about interfacing which might be very obvious to some but I only realised as I made it – if you choose a strong polyester interfacing instead of a) what is recommended or b) something light/thin or reasonably flexible it is hard to turn the handles the right way out due to extra bulk. i couldnt turn mine out at all so I needed to sew them a completely different way.

  7. Sarah says

    I just wanted to say how much I love your website, I’ve had a sewing machine sitting around unused, but now I have just finished the library bags and a messenger bag, thank you!! Your instructions and photos are a life saver and I can’t wait to pick something else to make :)

  8. Julie Lansing says

    In regards to the fusible fleece, what weight are you recommending, light, medium, or heaving? I’m a beginner and this will be the first time using fusible fleece.

  9. Jocelynn says

    I was wondering if you have any tips on how to turn the straps right side out. I love the pattern, I am just having issues with the straps. I used a lightweight fusible fleece. Thanks!

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