How to Sew a Library Tote Bag


How to sew an easy tote bag for books on your library trips! These make great gifts for kids so they can carry their own books.

Book Tote Bag DIY

How to sew an easy tote bag for books on your library trips! These make great gifts for kids so they can carry their own books.  

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We love library trips. Or rather, my kids do and I love the idea of them. Do you remember the old Toys-R-Us contest where if you won, you'd get a shopping spree where you had to grab everything off the shelves as fast as possible? That's my kids at the library. I'm running behind them like "Can you PLEASE PLEASE look at the cover before you shove it into this now 20 lb bag of book?! PLEASE!?" Usually I let them have about 2 minutes in fiction, then we move to non fiction for another 2 minutes. Annnnnnd we're done. Am I alone here? I used to love the library, but now I get a bit panicky. Haha.

I figured it was time to slow them down. Hence. Today's project. These library tote bags would make great gifts- but I'm making these for my kids. Because I have this crazy idea that giving them their own bag to fill will limit them. I imagine I'll end up carrying both bags and an armful of books, but we'll see. They're excited about their bags and this is a fairly basic sewing project. 

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  • Exterior and interior fabrics
  • Interfacing or fusible fleece (what I used- it was a bit unnecessarily thick, but it worked)
  • Fabric for straps

Learn How to Sew a Library Tote Bag

Cuts for your fabric:
  • Straps are 28" long. You can pick the width you'd like them to be.
  • For the main bag, I cut my inner, outer, and fleece lining to be 15" tall x 25" wide. Then I just folded the fabric over. 

Here's the Doctor Who Tote Bag:

Doctor Who Library Tote Bag

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DIY Danielle: How to Sew a Library Tote Bag
How to Sew a Library Tote Bag
How to sew an easy tote bag for books on your library trips! These make great gifts for kids so they can carry their own books.
DIY Danielle
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