Monday, March 15, 2010

Library Bag

I have been wanting to make one of these for a really long time. I could picture it in my head and for once the real life creation is every bit as cute as the picture in my head. I wanted Lil A to have her own bag to take to the library. I finally got around to it- enjoy the tut!


First, cut out all of the shapes that make up the owl and iron them onto wonder under. ( I really need a new ironing board cover- working on it)

Iron all the pieces of the owl together. I top stitched the wings, eyes and nose before I ironed the owl onto the bag. Then I top stitched around the edges of the owl.
Add eyes to the owl. Mine are just fabric.

Cut out the word books using a cricut or scissors, iron onto bag and stitch.

Look and enjoy.



This was the hard part for me. I knew I wanted a place to keep the library receipt with the due date. So I cut a square of vinyl and zig zagged it on, leaving about a .25 inch at the top unstitched.

Top stitch ribbon to cover up the zigzag. Remember that .25 inch we left unstitched?- tuck you ribbon under for nice finish. For the corners I just folded the ribbon on an angle and kept sewing- this left less ribbon edges to fray or get caught on things. Place receipts in here so you remember when your books are due.... so you don't have humungo fines like me. Take to the library and stuff with books.




Don't be jealous of our library- it won Library of the year for 2005. It is a wondrous place.

I'm linking to:
Keeping It Simple
The DIY Showoff
Twice Remembered
Making the World Cuter
The Girl Creative

56 comments:

abnsigoslady said...

I love the boag. Great pattern. Laura@ the mansion

Tasha said...

I love it!! What a cute and fun idea.

Prior said...

Really cute owl, and you did a great job! Lezlee

Prior said...

oh, what a cute owl! and you did a great job! Lezlee

Meg said...

That is so, so cute. And the receipt pocket!? Great idea!

AJoyfulBabyBowtique said...

awesome job heather! lovin the little owl guy :)

berg4 said...

I just love all the creative projects you post - every day I look forward to more inspiration - thank you so much!

Brooke said...

The owl is so cute! This is a great idea. I also love the little pocket for the library reciept. Great Idea! I am always losing the reciept. My kids would love a bag like this. Thanks for sharing!
Brooke @ The Craft Cave

KJ said...

This is great! P.S. Love the receipt holder. I am the library's economic stimulus plan in terms of late fees.

MessyMissy said...

I love that bag. My munchkin would love it too!! Thanks for the idea!! That looks like a fun project.

Kaysi said...

That is super cute! I love that you put a little pocket for the receipt because I am always losing it and have to print out another one. Thanks for the great idea!

ificould said...

So stinkin' cute! I posted a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/03/library-bag.html

Thanks for another great idea!
Missy

Denise said...

How cute, I love that you added the vinyl for the library ticket, what a great idea :-)

Marissa said...

Love it...now only if I could sew. I'll need to find a friend that can help me with this fun project! THANKS FOR SHARING!

Julie said...

This is adorable! I need to try this.

Gabrielle @ i.craft said...

This is really awesome, I definitely have a thing for owls! :)

One Cheap B*tch said...

Oh I love owls so much! This is so adorable! I want it for me!

Jen Sue Wild said...

What a cute idea.. I would love to put that cute owel on a shirt for my DD..

Kimbo West said...

Oh..love this. From the owl to the pocket! Pure genius!

Struggler said...

That is such a cute owl, and the space for the receipt is just genius!

Holly said...

The owl is adorable and that bag is super functional...great idea. Stopping by from Lucky Star Lane!

Holly
504 Main

jennifer said...

I love this bag! But the library receipt clear pocket was genius!

The Daun Family said...

This fabulous! The pocket--wow--what an awesome idea.

LuckyStarErin said...

This turned out really cute..... the overall design, colors, everything! Your top stitching skills are amazing. It's one of those things I haven't quite mastered. Thanks for linking!

Bobbie said...

that is such a cute idea! I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

concretenprimroses said...

Yes indeed the owl is cute. But you got me with the see through pocket with the receipt. This is my downfall! How wonderful to have a place to keep it.
Kathy

Randi said...

I love your book bag ... and I LOVE the vinyl pocket idea. Brilliant!

Jessi said...

Not only is this ADORABLE it is so functional. Love the vinyl pocket for the receipt. Just another reason I need a cricut!

Mike and Shayla said...

So cute! I wished I could see how you folded the ribbon on the corners of the pocket.

frosted petunias said...

Your bag is adorale! I LOVE the owl! Thanks for sharing.

Chanin said...

Super cute! I really need to learn how to use a sewing machine!!

fawnda said...

That Owl is too cute and i love the clear pocket too! : )

Jess said...

LOVE THIS! That owl is adorable.

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

I just adore that little owl! Thanks so much for sharing!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Love it! Come link at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/03/thursdays-treasures-week-14.html

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

The bag is adorable, and I love the pocket for the return date receipt. Thanks for linking up!

Jessica Hills said...

Wow I really love that. Owls are so in right now :) Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

Julie said...

A great idea and it is so cute! Great job.

The Persimmon Perch said...

Love the bag we have one sorta like that we use all the time. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Maridith said...

That is a fantastic idea!! You are totally styling at the library! Great job. The receipt holder is so smart!!

Tiff said...

This bag is sooo cute! I love it!

Lori said...

What a neat idea! I love it!

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life As Lori... Please join me next week for another great party!

Christie said...

Oh my, this is so great! I love this idea! My kids would love their own bag, as well! Thanks so much for the great idea!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Simply adorable! I think the extra little clear pocket was a brilliant idea! I have books that are two weeks overdue. Do you think that I could remember to take them back if I had the reminder? Possibly.

fawnda said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am featureing you today at:
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Sherry said...

That is genius! I absolutely love it. Yes, at that age a Library bag is an absolute necessity!
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Thanks!
Sherry

Ashley said...

love the owl! so cute!

Debbie in Nashville said...

I love owls and think this bag is the cutest thing ever! What a clean and simple design. I love it and love that you added a pocket to keep the receipt too! Great job!!

Cocukla Cocuk said...

Love the bag, it is awesome, thank you for the idea

Homer Family said...

Love the owl bag. Linked you on inaquietafternoon.blogspot.com

jenjen said...

That is seriously awesome. Love it. I want one!

Thanks for linking it up!

XOXO
Jen

Sandra Powell said...

I found you on Tatertots and Jello. I LOVE this. Thank you so much for sharing.

Connie Weiss said...

I love this project!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the great idea. Check out my post about it!

http://honeybeebzz.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-version-of-book-bag.htmlmake another!

(Yours is much cuter)

Melissa said...

http://honeybeebzz.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-version-of-book-bag.html


(that link should work now)

Tara said...

Found you through Tator Tots and Jello. I am now a follower. What an adorable bag. I have to make them for my kids. So cute!

Tara @ Trendy Treehouse

I am grabbing your adorable button too!

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