DIY Library Card Pocket Tote

If your family is anything like ours, I am sure you make plenty of trips to your local public library. And if your kiddos are anything like ours, I am sure that as soon as they realized they could get their ‘own’ library card, they were asking for one, at least mine were. And having their own little library card in their pudgy little hands makes them feel so special and grown up. I only wish that those cards didn’t walk away. For reals. I have tried keeping them in the glove box or console of my truck, but somehow, little tiny people find them and put them in sparkly purses. What happens after that, I do not know. I have tried keeping them in my wallet, but the same thing happens. Apparently anything that they have written ‘their name’ on is theirs and they are free to take it where they wish. Hmmmph. All I know is that I am sooo tired of paying the $1 card replacement fee. And this week’s library trip and $2 for two replacement cards lit that little crafty light bulb in my head. I am so excited and tickled pink to show you how I ‘think’ I solved our ‘Case of the ALWAYS missing kids’ library cards’!

Not only does this project kill two problems with one stone, but this project was fun and quick!

 

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Header

 

Here is the stack of library books that my 5-year-old checked out. Yea, way too many for her to carry in her arms.

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Stacked Library Books

 

 

She needs a re-usable tote AND it needs to be able to hold her library card. Voila…Here are the steps to make your own Library Card Pocket Tote

 

Supplies Needed:

Fabric tote in desired size (I purchased this one from JoAnns for $4.99)

Small swatch of fabric

Sewing Machine

Scissors

Ribbon

Velcro Closure

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Supplies

 

Step 1: Iron Bag flat

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Iron Bag

 

 

Step 2:  Measure your fabric for the card pocket. I did this visually, but then again, I am NOT a professional.

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Measure Card

 

 

 

Step 3: This ends up being a rectangle that is larger than your card. I ended up folding in the four sides and ironing them down.

 

 

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Pocket Folded

 

Step 4: Pin pocket onto front of bag.

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Pin Pocket

 

Step 5: Using a sewing machine, sew the 2 sides and bottom of pocket. DO NOT sew the pocket top. I used a zig-zag stitch, but only ’cause I like it. ;-)

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Sewing the pocket on

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Pocket is sewn on

 

Step 6: Then I decided that this pocket needed a simple closure. I chose a piece of ribbon that I sewed in place and then attached a small round velcro ‘button’ as the closure.

 

 

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote ribbon closure

 

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Velcro Closure

 

Step 7: I then took different coordinating ribbons and double-tied them around the handles of the bag. I also added a simple bow to the top of the closure.

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote for everyone

 

I am so tickled pink out how my vision came to reality and Missy Prissy was in love with her bag right away! Now she has a re-usable bag to tote her library books around in, but she has special place to keep her library card. Now, let’s hope the card stays there! :-)

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Little Hands

 

DIY Library Card Pocket Tote Beauty Shot

 

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it. Man, I LOVE it when a cute craft is quick AND functional! Other ideas I thought you could use this for, is re-usable grocery bags with a pocket for savings cards. So many possibilities and don’t forget, I want to hear from you if you make one!

 

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