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I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found at Polka Dot Cottage (http://www.lisaclarke.net), writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday ...

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Library Tote Bag

from Polka Dot Cottage {at craftsy}
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Library Tote Bag
Library Tote Bag
Library Tote Bag
Library Tote Bag
Library Tote Bag
Library Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a straight line

Pattern Description:

"A sturdy bag with a fancy exterior."

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.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 10"x15", but instructions are given for resizing


  • 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
  • basic sewing supplies

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