Sunday, May 20, 2012

Perfectly Practical Library Book Bag

It's shameless commerce Tuesday and today I'm featuring a newly designed library book bag -- just in time for Summer Reading Programs and Summer Story Time.  The bag show above features whimsical black giraffes on a creamy white background.

The tote is big enough for most children's books, and includes a black and white polka dot zipper pouch to hold a library card, markers, a cell phone or hand held video game, and treat money.

This bag was inspired by my years as a parent and grandparent taking kids to the library.  If the books stay in the bag when not in use, and the library card stays in the zipper pouch, there will be fewer frantic searches and overdue books.

The fabric is a home dec weight 100% cotton screen print from Premier Prints.  The zipper pouch is also 100% cotton.  The zipper is a polyester YKK zipper from Zipit:  The handles are woven cotton webbing.

The bag measures 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) tall by 12.25 inches (31 cm) wide.  The inner zipper pouch is 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) wide and 5 inches (12.7 cm) deep.  The handles measure 9 inches (22.86 cm) from the "peak" to the top of the bag, so it can be carried as a shoulder bag.

Although I designed this bag as a library book bag, it could also be used for trips to the pool, the zoo, the beach, or for road trips or airplane trips.  It could also be used as a not-too-cumbersome take along bag for reading, knitting, needlework or shopping.

The top seams are serged with two rows of topstitching to secure the handles and inner zip pouch.  Side seams are French seams--no exposed edges.  The bottom is finished with a French seam reinforced with an extra row of stitching for durability.  The bag is machine washable, cold, gentle cycle.  Tumble dry low or air dry.  Touch up with an iron as needed.

To view other bags, totes and wallets, visit this section of my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations:  I also welcome custom orders.

Happy summer reading!

LeAnn aka pasqueflower



  1. It's adorable! I don't have any kids, but whatever, I'd use it anyway!

  2. Good idea. I always keep our library books in the same spot.

  3. Very good idea for the zipper pocket for the card! I know I was always losing mine as a child!

  4. That is so cute! And I love the polka dot lining!!

  5. What a cool idea! I love the prints, but the concept of this bag is adorable! I want a kid now just for this:)

  6. What a great bag! I love everything about it and every bag must have pockets on the inside. Cute!