Friday, June 2, 2017

A Couple More Book Bags

Hello!  I know the blog's been a little quiet lately.  Life has been wonderfully busy with the weather finally starting to improve here in New Hampshire, the new grand baby distraction (the best kind!), secret sewing and more time exercising!  Recovery from surgery in November has been a very long and slow process.  I finally am feeling enough strength and confidence in the leg to go back to some of my regular fitness activities.  I have joined a local fitness center and have returned to yoga practice!!  Hooray!  So many sore muscles now but it's all good!

A few years ago I made a book bag for my mother-in-law who has used it for many visits to the local library where the bag received compliments from the librarians.  I've been thinking about making a book bag or two to donate to her library in recognition of how great the staff have been to my voracious reader mother-in-law.  Heather Givens latest fabric collection Literary was the obvious choice for these bags!

 I love the stamps and library cards!

On the bookshelf side I embroidered book titles.  Classic book titles for one bag.

Books that probably don't exist (but should!) about South Portland, Maine.

Even the lining has book piles.

I believe the plan is to raffle off the bags for the benefit of the library.  I'm so happy to help!!

I highly recommend this fun pattern by City House Studios.



  1. WOW! Your bags are amazing! Lucky people who get them!

  2. Yes babies are the BEST distraction! I'm sooo glad to here you are feeling better and getting active again. Oh Kath these book bags are just awesome!!! The book fabric is so great!!!!! Thanks for a link to the pattern.

  3. Lovely bookbags! South Portland, huh? My uncle was a lobsterman on Cliff Island off the coast and we'd often drive up and take the ferry over to spend a couple weeks on island...small world, hugs, Julierose

  4. Glorious bags! I love Literary, and your bags are the first "mades" I've seen with it.

  5. Fantastic bag! Love your fun fabric choice. TFS.

  6. Hi Kathy, Did you change the "D" in read from the pattern? And if so, could you give me a hint as to how to do this? Thanks! I just love your bags and hope to make one for my sister for her birthday.

  7. How generous of you, Kathy, to make and donate these bags! They're absolutely adorable! I've seen the library fabrics and couldn't think of how I might use them, but you've come up with the perfect idea. Now if only I read paper books... all my "reading" is through audiobooks, or the occasional ebook on my iPhone. How times have changed. But it's great to see how you've retained "the good old days." Very well done!

  8. I love these, Kathy!!! That fabric is so great!!

  9. Love those book bags!! Congrats on the new grandchild

  10. Your beautiful book bags will be sure to raise some needed funds for your library. They are both gorgeous!!!


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