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    Sling Library Bag Tutorial by Patchwork Posse

    Posted by  ·  July 19, 2014

    This Sling Library Bag Tutorial is the way to get kids to enjoy sewing and they will love having their own little library bag!  It is  a fun kids activity that will encourage kids to read!   If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making DIY Super Hero Mask to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas!



    Hi everyone, I’m Becky –designer of Patchwork Posse, where I share easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns!  Today I’m sharing a sling library bag tutorial.

    This bag is great for those quick trips to the library.  It is ‘hands free’ allowing the kiddo wearing it to browse the shelves and then stuff the easy front pocket with treasured choices. Besides the library, it would be a great bag for hikes, outings, or hauling things back and forth to friends homes.

    sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

    The size of the bag can be easily adjusted if needed as well as the length of the strap.   The back of the bag has light weight interfacing to help keep it’s shape and not be floppy when the books are all loaded.

    The fabric on the front of the library bag is a panel (fabric is by Blend)– you can substitute this with your favorite quilt block, a panel of your own or fabric print.   On the front I also added an E for my Eliza.  If you’d like to personalize your bag, you can find printable alphabets here.

    sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

    Materials Needed:

    front and back pocket:  14″ X 11 1/2″ – one for each

    Lining: 14″ X 11 1/2″ -one for behind pocket, one for back of bag

    interfacing- non fuse- 14″ X 11 1/2″

    strap: 2– 3″ X 42″ strips

    sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

    Sling Library Bag Tutorial:


    1)  Sew the front and back straps on each side

    2)  Turn right sides out and iron

    3)  Sew along the sides and two additional lines down the center of the bag


    Measure the length you need an make adjustments to the length now

    Set aside for later

    Sling Bag:

    1)  Pin the front and back pocket pieces together

    2)  Sew across the top edge only

    3)  Turn right sides out and iron

    4)  Sew across the top edge a finishing seam 1/4″

    5)  Pin the strap to the top edge of the bag- make sure you don’t twist the strap

    6)  Sew the strap in place- 1/8″ seam 1″ from the sides *if you’d like you can sew a setting seam 1/8″ across the top to keep it from shifing in the next step.

    7)  Pin the layers– behind pocket, pocket, then the back piece {right sides facing down} and the interfacing.  The pocket will not be as tall as the backing!  Match up the edges along the sides and across the bottom of the bag.


    8)  Sew along all four sides, leaving a 3″ opening for turning along the top edge in between the strap– make sure the strap is out the way and doesn’t get in the way of the seam

    9)  Snip the corners and turn right sides out

    10)  Iron well and sew a long the top edge of the bag to close the hole and add stability to the bag and strap


    Time to start hunting for something to put inside…..

    sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

    Have a great summer full of wonderful reading materials,


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    Hey All- Becky here.  I’m a pattern designer who loves thinking outside the box. I design dolls, plushies as well as quilts and bags.  Patchwork Posse is a place where you can start your sewing adventure.  There are easy sewing projects and how to tutorials to help you along and keep you on the right sewing path.  Every year I host a Quilt Along- The Round Robin, where I team up with other designers to bring you a beautiful quilt.  I also guest write for Moda Bake Shop, Thermoweb and The Ribbon Retreat.

    Some of my popular posts are:  Ending Bum Crack, Quilt As You Go Projects, Bunny Tutorial, Elastic Waist Skirts, and Printable Hexagons for Quilting.

    You can find me on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and one of my favorite places to hang out is on Pinterest. Even better, get all my posts sent to your email!

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    1. Kathy
      Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
      I love this bag! The fabric really makes it. Can you tell me the name of the fabric and where I can find it? Thank you!
    2. unique natural stone sinks
      Saturday, July 19th, 2014
      Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment
      (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.

      I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to everything.
      Do you have any tips for first-time blog writers? I'd certainly appreciate it.
    3. Saturday, July 19th, 2014
      Great design!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial: