May 05, 2011

Library Tote

When I go to the library, I usually end up with a stack of books that looks something like this:
Gets a little difficult to carry when you add kids into the equation.

I have a stack that Bella's picked out and another one for me {poor Bella, she's turning into her mother already.} I like looking through cookbooks at all the yummy recipes, most of which I'll probably never make. Then there's some sort of craft book thrown in, and to top it all off, I get my Jane Austen fix every so often.  This time it was Persuasion. It's my favorite after Pride and Prejudice.  I need to make another pillow.  The letter at the end of Persuasion is just as good as Mr. Darcy's quote.  But I digress.


So I made this library tote to manage my {and now Bella's} book mountain.  This is a fast and easy project.  It would be great for beginners on up.


Start with 1/2 yard of fabric for the tote itself and 1/4 yard of fabric for the handles. Cut the handle piece in half lengthwise and the tote fabric into 2-14x19 inch rectangles.

Iron one 19 inch end over then over again on both rectangles. Topstitch it down.


Fold your handle pieces in half lengthwise and press.  Stitch down the long end.


Turn both handles right side out and press.


Pin the handles to the tote.  The raw edges of the handles should line up with the raw edges of the tote, so you'll have an upside-down "U" shape.  Measure so that both your handles are 5 inches from the outside edge of your tote. Do the same with the other handle and tote piece.


Topstitch all around the handles to secure them to the tote. I did two rows of stitching to make them secure.


Match up your two tote pieces right sides together. Sew down both sides and along the bottom of the tote.

To give your tote some room to hole a pile of books, first cut out a 2-inch square piece from the bottom corners of your tote.


Pinch the edges together and pin in place.  Sew it shut.


Now go to the library and fill your tote with books. Even better, you now have your hands free to grab your baby before he or she sends every book in the library toppling to the floor.

9 comments:

Kaitlin said...

So cute! I totally need to make one for myself for the exact same reason! Only I tend to have a stack of craft books with one or two cook books and a few artists books!

Sylvie Créative said...

What a nice tutorial for a really useful library tote! Thank you so much Every time I go to the library I need to make place at home for the borrowed books ;) I recognise me completely in your post ;) Let's change cooking books for gardening books in my case What a special gift to have a reading craft mom for your daughter!

Brie Ziehme said...

Omg! Thank you soooo much! I never use backpacks for school and I wanted a bag that would be able to handle the load for me, a highschool girl! Once again, thank you! I will definatly sew this for me and probally a few of my friends!!!

Terra said...

I'm glad it will work for you! Just make sure to use a heavyweight fabric that will stand up to all the wear and tear.

Taty said...

love it!!!making me one :-)

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Lee Marie said...

Hi! I love your blog. I'm a very very begginer and no experienced at all, so I love tutorials. I have a doubt, I don't know what you mean when you say 1/4 fabric, so, what should be the exact dimensinos for the handles? Thanks a lot!

Terra Sews said...

Sorry that is unclear. Use a 1/4 yard cut of fabric, and cut it in half lengthwise. This will give you two pieces that are about 1/8 yard wide and as long as the fabric (in my case, 45 inches). These are your handle pieces.

Karen Roth said...

This is exactly what I have been looking for so YAY! Thanks for the share :o)

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