What’s the Project? Make this easy kid’s tote bag pattern so that you’ve got a great bag for trips to the library or wherever you are going with your little ones! Easy to sew and something your kids will love carrying!
A while back 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! Or you can use this easy kid’s tote bag pattern for wherever you are going!
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. This project is definitely something a beginner could tackle!
If you want one for yourself, this bag is a favorite as well:
Bags are some of my favorites to sew!
Kid's Library Tote Bag Pattern
- 2/3 yard fabric #1
- 2/3 yard fabric #2 that coordinates with fabric #1
- 2/3 yard fusible fleece interfacing optional but makes the bag much sturdier
- From your first fabric cut 2 pieces that are about 13 inches across by 15 inches long. This will be the outside of the bag.
- Cut the same from your second fabric. This will be the inner fabric.
- Cut straps that are about 4 inches across by 27 inches long from either fabric.
- From your fusible fleece, cut 2 pieces that match the size of the straps you already cut. Also cut 2 rectangles that are 13 by 15 inches long.
- 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
- Turn the inner part of your bag 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).
- 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.
- 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!
I hope you’ve loved making this fun kid’s tote bag pattern!
When my kids were little we read books so much! Picture books when they were really little and then chapter books with me reading a few chapters to them each night and I absolutely loved it. We’ve got a lot of memories around that. We made MANY trips to this library and I’ll tell you, this bag would have been handy.
Need some book recommendations?
Or here’s a fun list to try:
Happy sewing and happy reading!! Hope this is a fun project for you.
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