Wednesday, June 2, 2010

No Sew Felt Library Bags

This summer, we are planning to head to our local library for their Summer Reading Program. I think it is SUPER important to make sure your kiddos keep learning, even when they are out of school for the summer. I decided to make each of my boys a library bag to use this summer. Hopefully these bags will make our trips to the library easier, and teach my boys a little bit about responsibility!
These No Sew Felt Library Bags are SUPER simple to make...no sewing machine required! All you need is felt, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and pinking shears or scissors.
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1. Decide how big you want your bags to be....mine are 12 inches tall by 14 inches wide. Lay out your felt and measure the width of the bag and two times the length. Use your pinking shears {scissors are okay too...pinking shears just make the edge more decorative} to cut a rectangle...mine was 24 inches by 14 inches.
2. Find the center of the length, and fold the felt in half. Use your hot glue gun and glue the edges of the bag together, starting closest to the fold and working your way up to the top of the bag {where the opening will be}. Do this on both the left and right edges of the bag.
3. Use a hole punch {or you can cut a small hole with your scissors} to mark the places at the top of the bag where you want the handles to be. I punched two holes on the front side of the bag and two holes on the back side of the bag. I measured approximately 1/3 of the width over from each edge so that the handles would be evenly spaced.
4. Use ribbon to make the handles of the bag. You will need two pieces of ribbon cut the same length {one for the front and one for the back}. They can be as long or as short as you would like. To attach the handles, pull the ribbon through the holes from the inside of the bag and then tie a knot on the outside. Then pull the other end of the same piece of ribbon through the other hole and tie a knot in it. Repeat the same process to make a handle on the back side of the bag too. I used a little bit of hot glue to hold the knot in place and make the handles a little stronger.
5. Use your ribbon and lay out the letter that you want to put on your bag. Then use your hot glue gun to attach the ribbon to the front of the bag. Cutting your ribbon with pinking shears keeps it from fraying and makes the letter a little more decorative.
After about 10 minutes and a little bit of hot glue, you end up with a SUPER cute, No Sew Felt Library bag!


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13 comments:

Patty-Cake Manners said...

What a great idea! I think my kids would love these! Thanks for sharing!

Neccie's Creations said...

found you on just whipped something up monday.
cute idea and i love no sew. =]
I am your new follower.

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Foursons said...

Those are cool. I have an old canvas bag that we take to the library. Not nearly as fun.

Leanne said...

Great idea and so cute. I'm having an Organizing link party this Wednesday. I would love for you to link this up. There's a giveaway also. Hope to see you there.
http://organizeyourstuffnow.com

AUDRA said...

I so need to make a book bag for my girls as well as for me. It's on my list of things to do. Thanks for the idea.

I'd love if you could link up at Socialize with me Monday til Sunday.

http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/06/socialize-with-me-monday-til-sunday.html

malia said...

they are super cute- clever idea. thank goodness for glue guns!

Johanna said...

We used to have library bags for the kids, these turned out great.

Red Head said...

Very cute! I love the ribbon!

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

I love monograms and ribbon! Very cute!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Now this is fabulous~ Well done!

Kimberly said...

Very cute! And I love no-sew...

Leanne said...

These are so cute. I think we'll make them this summer. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

Sam Zavitz said...

Love it AND the fact that it's no-sew! Found you on the CSI Project. :)

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