Library Book Tote: A Sturdy Bag with a Fancy Exterior

Library Book Tote: A Sturdy Bag with a Fancy Exterior

by Lisa Clarke

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A sturdy bag with a fancy exterior: feature a small piece of a precious fabric using this fully-illustrated 9-page PDF as your guide!


The project is suitable for motivated beginners. If you can sew a straight line, then you can do this! There are many steps, but they are all straightforward enough for a beginner, if you take them one at a time.


1 yard of medium-to-heavy weight solid linen
1 fat quarter (or enough to cut two 9″x11″ pieces) of a cotton print fabric
yard stick
sewing machine
thread to coordinate with linen


More than just a simple sewing pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.

You will learn:

How to measure and cut the correct amount of fabric
How to sew together a decorative outer shell
How to sew an inner lining
How to make handles
How to put it all together

How to calculate the fabric needed for custom bag sizes
Variations for different bag configurations


This book tote gets its sturdiness from medium-to-heavy linen fabric. The lining, the handles, and the top and bottom panels use the linen, while the center panels are a perfect place to showcase a more decorative, special fabric.

You need less than a fat quarter of your special fabric, which makes it easier to feature some of the more expensive fabrics available (Liberty Lawn or custom Spoonflower designs, for example), or you can use the very last bits of a favorite print that you’ve had socked away for a special occasion.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149107018
Publisher: Polka Dot Cottage
Publication date: 07/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Lisa Clarke is a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. She can often be found on her blog, Polka Dot Cottage, writing about her adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday life. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and entirely too many craft supplies.

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