Be a Bookworm & Customize a Library Bag

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This project is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

It’s summer break here and I’ve got all kinds of activities planned out for my kids. One thing we do every week (sometime twice) is to go to the library. This keeps them busy and they can get in some reading time. We do the summer reading program and they even get prizes from the library. Fun, right? Since they’re older and they get more books now, I decided to created them individual library bags. It was much easier than I thought it would be.


  • Canvas bag- I found mine at my local craft store in a three-pack
  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Fabric interfacing
  • Silhouette or cutting template


Following the fabric cutting instructions on the Silhouette and fabric interfacing, you want to iron your fabric to the interfacing for about 2 seconds.

Next trim your fabric to match after that. Choose your settings and remove the white paper backing before feeding the fabric into the die cutting machine. You will use your mat for this as well. Using the correct settings (I also use the double cut) cut your design and remove it from the machine. Now you just have to iron it on to your bag for about 10 seconds.

I kept both my image choice and name font simple. Nice chunky letters looked best, I thought. You can get lots more creative with this as well. Here are a couple photos of the finished bags for two of my kids. Boy just love dinosaurs… at least mine do!


Your kids will love these personalized bags. You can also get sew-able fabric interfacing and add some stitching for an even more finished look and more stability.

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