New Library Bag

Last month Anne and I went to our local library, for Olympia WA natives, that would be Tumwater Library.  My goal was to introduce her to the library and get myself a library card (yeah, we’ve lived here for a year and I still hadn’t done that). The cool part of our visit was that even though Anne is only 2, she was able to get a card too!  I’m not sure who thought that was cooler, me or her. Which brings me to my next project….

I finally decided that I needed to do something with my Feather Stars and I hand quilted one of them. I put the finished picture out on Twitter and asked my friends for ideas of what to do with them and my friend Debbe from Pieces To Love suggested making a book bag for our library trips. Hello GENIUS! A bag was born!

I wanted there to be some fun whimsy to the bag so for the back and lining of the bag I used some lovely Yuwa fabrics from Contemporary Cloth – after all this is a bag Anne and I will use together and there need to be some little girl touches for her.

I think my favorite touch is the lined inside zipper pocket. A first for me!  I followed a fabulous tutorial from my friend Beth at Plum & June. I changed the measurements slightly to fit the needs of my bag, and I can’t tell you how happy I am with how it turned out. It is the perfect pocket for Anne to keep her library card.

Pretty happy with out it turned out. Today we will be going to the library, we have to, our books are due tomorrow!  Have a happy hump day everyone!

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12 Responses to New Library Bag

  1. Jamie Lee says:

    Wow, that bag looks fan-tas-tic! I love the fabrics.

  2. Sondra says:

    fantastic bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Molly says:

    Love the block and the quilting! Gorgeous!

  4. Lisa says:

    What a great little bag! I love the added touch of the inside pocket! Perfect for library cards and keys. 🙂

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    This is so pretty. Little Anne will be the toast of the library. She has the best mom.

  6. Carrie P. says:

    I think that is so cool that Anne has a card. Makes her feel grown up and she will want to read those books more. We spent a lot of time at the library when my kids were little. The bags are perfect.

  7. Beth says:

    The pocket looks great. I love the star with the hand stitching and with your fabric choices. I already have your tutorial bookmarked but I need to move it up on my list.

  8. Vicki says:

    Love the bag! You did a great job! I’m so jealous of your bag making skills!

  9. Susan says:

    I am so completely behind in reading, but I had to come check at least one recent post. This is a marvelous bag, and I love the zipper pocket for the card. I am always searching and searching for my card, even though it seems to me I put it in the same place each time! I love the fabrics you used and that you used that feathered star for the front. Perfect book bag!

  10. Gene Black says:

    Great use of a square AND a perfect book bag for the two of you.

  11. Sharon says:

    Very cute. You know I love feathered stars.

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