Library tote completed

Library Tote

So here's the Library Tote bag. I've recently had a go at raiding my scrap bag. I'm sure we all have one of those bags full of bits of material just too precious to throw away! I saw the Library Tote in Quilt Now magazine and decided to give it a go using some of the Snow fabric from my shop as a background.

This one was made as a gift for a book crazy friend but I think I'll make a second for me when I get a spare few hours. The toughest part of this was choosing which materials to put together as I have a carrier bag full of reasonably sized scraps that were all big enough. Here's the test run of them all next to each other:

Library tote fabrics

It was a quick one to sew together once the fabrics were chosen and cut out, though it required a bit of organisation to get the white pieces and the colourful pieces together in the right order. I ended up writing a number on the back of each piece so I could check they matched. Thank goodness for Frixion pens! Here's a view of the bag front completed. I stole some of the selvedges off other fabrics in my stash as some, like the Amy Butler Violette one, had nicer text for the book spines. I laid it on the fabric for the backing to check it looked ok and I figured this one looked a lot like pages from a book:

Library tote front

And here's the completed bag:

Library tote completed

Hope you like it! If you'd like to make it, the pattern is available from Quilt Now Magazine issue 15.