Library Bag Tutorial

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Library Bag Tutorial

Hi again. 

We are just L-O-V-I-N-G these llama prints from Moda. So sweet and pretty.

Today we are making a library bag. Of course it could also be a wash bag (dry stuff only), gift sack, toy bag, storage bag... what would you store in yours?

I must admit I am loving the idea of gift sacks. Some people still choose to wrap the gift inside the bag but I'm liking the idea of not having to worry about gift paper and the waste that it brings. You can either choose to take the bag home for next birthday, Easter, Christmas or special occasion OR you can leave it with them to use all year long.

I'm still using the leftover panels from the Llama Love 8 from yesterday. It is going to be quite a nice set once we're done.

I used 17" / 45cm piece for the bag in Llama Love 3, 2m of small cording and 2 white toggles.

So to get started I trimmed the panel 1/2" from the edge of the pink border.


I pressed under the 1/2", again using my hot hemmer and mitered the corners so I didn't get any silly bits poking out at the corners.


I aligned the pressed panel 1 1/2" from the folded edge of fabric and centered left to right. Pin in place being sure to not catch the back layer. You might like to unfold the full piece to avoid this mistake.


Top stitch around the design to secure. Trim off the selvage.

Press the short sides under 1/2" and then 1 1/4". Repeat on the other short side.


Next I zig zagged down the sides about 4-5" (or you could go all the way across the long edge rather than just the tops). Repeat for all 4 corners.

Line up the short sides with the fabrics right sides together. You will need to leave a 1" hole BELOW the second folded line. This is where we will thread the cord through. 

Sew the top section securing at the start and finish. Stop sewing at the second fold and move forward 1". Secure and sew all the way to the end. Repeat for the other side. 

Press the seams at the top open, then repress the folded section again.


Top stitch around the top of the bag along the folded edge to secure.

Finish zig zaging the side seams (unless you went all the way before). I folded mine together and did them as one. As I said, alterntaively you could have just zig zaged the entire sides earlier.

Turn the bag right side out and press.

Cut your 2m of cord into 2 equal pieecs. Using my very favourite bodkin I began on the right side and threaded 1 piece of cord all the way around and back out the same hole. Thread both ends of the cord through a toggle and knot.

Next I did the same thing again with the remaining piece of cord beginning from the left side of the bag. All the way around, out the same hole, through the toggle and knot.

That's all there is to it! A super simple bag that you can make up in around an hour. Last minute gifting sorted.

Now 3 panels, 2 projects so far... you know what that means right? Come back again next Monday for another fun project. 

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