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Library Book Tote Sewing Tutorial


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"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 Plus: 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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Sew a straight line SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 10"x15", but instructions are given for resizing

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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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I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found at Polka Dot Cottage (, writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday life. I live in New Jersey with my husband, two sons, and entirely too many craft supplies.