Saturday, March 26, 2011

Library Bags

One of my friends has two darling daughters. They took them to the library last weekend and came home with 24 books! She said she has to dig out a giant beach bag when they go. I remember having a bag for all my library books. I had to keep them in there unless I was reading them and if I wanted to go again they all had to be back in the bag, ready to go.

So, I whipped them up some personalized library bags.
Canvas bag
4 different fabrics, 1/4 yard each
Matching thread for the *scary* sewing machine
fabric paint

(not sure what the computer did to my pic there...)

I cut out my fabric into little triangles for bunting to be sewed along the top of the bags. Once I had those pinned on, I faced the sewing machine.  I had to rip out a few stitches (this is my first project using a sewing machine and it won most of our battles), but I got them all sewn on with fuschia thread.
Next, I stamped on their precious names using rubber stamps and fabric paint.

Originally, that was the entire plan. Some bunting, a name, and I'd be done. It just didn't look finished. I didn't know what to do besides post it to the "craft fail" blog. My friend Magan (check her out at suggested I paint little stick figures of the girls.

I drew both sisters on the bag using fabric paint and a dull pencil. My paintbrushes weren't working out, so I had to dip the pencil in the paint and draw my smiling, reading chicas.

Last night I took them over to the girls. Miss Emerson got her library books and loaded it up. Then she proceeded to get her baby in a stroller, have Ella get her "keys" and they headed to the library (or kitchen if you're being particular).


  1. This is such a great way to get kids excited about going to the library (and reading)!

  2. They love them!!! You are so sweet and really creative.

  3. I'd love it if you joined the Glitter Link Party!

  4. Darling! What a great friend you are! I'd love for you to link up to Wow Me Wednesday!

  5. adorable!!! love the bunting!