Friday, June 29, 2012

"Read" Library Tote Pattern!

I've finished my writing my first pattern
and it's now for sale!
(available here)

This is a really fun bag to make,
 and a great way to use up fabric scraps!
Choose small pieces of your favorite fabrics
for the books and the letters.

Paper piecing templates are included for the "read" letters -- you can choose uppercase, lowercase, or mix it up!
And if you're not a paper piecing lover,
I've also included templates for doing machine applique, like this:
A perfect pattern for gifts for teachers,
 children, librarians, etc.
This bag measures approximately 14" wide by 17" deep,
plenty of room for even the most enthusiastic book lover.
I had the best pattern testers;
 I love what they have created!

from Debbie
at A Quilter's Table

 from Patti
at Retired to Quilt

from Jennifer
at Knotted Threads

from Melinda

(isn't the red background wonderful?!?!)

Thanks so much to these lovely ladies!
The "Read" Library Tote Pattern
is now available in my Etsy shop

And I'm also giving one away!
Just leave a comment to enter the giveaway, and I'll choose a winner randomly on July 4th!

Linking up to:
Sew Happy Geek

Fresh Poppy Design


  1. Obviously I don't need a chance to win, but just want to say what fun it was making your pattern and I love the completed book bag. Really nice project, Michelle - thanks!

  2. Congratulations on publishing your first pattern - that's a wonderful accomplishment! It's a sweet bag - I love how each of your testers came up with their own lovely version, and I love that you include several ways to change up the pattern. I think this would make a fantastic gift for couples who are starting their own families - it's a great way to encourage family reading!

  3. Really cute and creative pattern. I would love to make this for my daughter. Congrats on your first pattern and good luck!!

  4. Definitely not entering to win, but wanted to wish you congratulations on your first pattern, it was so much fun to make, thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so! good luck and thanks!

  5. Great pattern Michelle! Congrats on publishing your first pattern :-)

  6. I love this bag!!!!!!! I'm pretty sure I have to make one. It is so beautiful.

  7. They look great, well done all :o)

  8. I'd love to win this, and if I don't I'll probably be buying it!

  9. What fun...terrific idea. Thanks for the chance to win

  10. That bag is awesome! Congrats on the pattern, Michelle! I sew have to make this!

  11. Such a great pattern - love how this bag looks with all of the different fabrics!

  12. off to your etsy store .... LOOOOOVE this tote (need to buy for many people --- ).!!

  13. congrats on your first pattern....very cute! i would love to make this for the lovely librarians here in taunton, they are always so helpful!

  14. Not entering to win since I made one, but I wanted to let you know I actually did make mine! And I went with red background. I am posting my version right now if you want to see. So sorry I was late!!!

  15. what great bags! these would be so cute for my kids' for our library trips!

  16. What a cute bag. This would be a great gift for a teacher.

  17. I love this! I can't sew, but my awesome mom-in-law just bought your pattern. If she makes one for my book-loving 8 year old daughter, I'll have to arm wrestle her for it. Good thing I'm bigger!

  18. Congrats on your first pattern!! The tote looks lovely in all your testers colorways. Great bag!

  19. What a great pattern, so adorable.

  20. This would be AWESOME to carry to my book club which meets at the local library. It would make everyone jealous! I am the treasurer and have to carry several things to the club so what a handsome way to bring my items. HOPE to WIN! Couldn't put my name in the box but my name Margaret Courtney (

  21. Hi! Your bag is the best for us book lovers! I love the letters and the bag is so beautiful! Happened to see already Jennifer's. Thank you for sharing the pattern! I would love to win, because I have never made anything else than cloths with pattern - always just take materials and create something on my own. I shall go to visit your shop! x Teje

  22. I love this bag! I have lots and lots of readers and a couple of librarians in my family. This would make an awesome gift for them! Thanks for the give-away chance!! :) Laura my email- laura22 (at) embarqmail (dot) com

  23. Your read totes are adorable. They would make great gifts.