Library Book Tote | Polka Dot Cottage
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a sturdy bag with a fancy exterior

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.

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Required Skills

The project is suitable for motivated beginners.  If you can sew a straight line, then you can do this! There are many steps, but they are all straightforward enough for a beginner, if you take them one at a time.

Tools and Materials

  • 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
  • yard stick
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • thread to coordinate with linen
  • iron
  • pins

Topics Covered

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

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Library Book Tote
Library Book Tote

MOTIVATED BEGINNER level, step-by-step tutorial.

Fully illustrated, 9-page PDF.

Price: $5.99
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