Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Born to Be Wild Blog Hop ~ My Day

Today is my "Born to Be Wild' Blog Hop Day!

I sewed a Book Cover Tote.

I am sew happy with this project! 

When I found this fat quarter Here when I was spring cleaning this year,

I knew it would be perfect for the 

While I was thinking about what to sew, the following song from 1982,

kept playing on repeat in my head.
This tune is way too catchy.

After much deliberation and too many replays in my mind,
 my quilty muse and I decided to make a quilted book cover tote.

I based my book cover tote on the following tutorial: 

I gathered my fabrics.

I found a piece of soft minky tiger stripe fabric for the inside of the tote.

Then I quilted the layers.

The carry handles needed to be attached next.

I used nylon web to sew the the handles that I had left from my 

Instead of a ribbon, I used a scrap strip of the fat quarter,
folded in half lengthwise and sewed on two sides,
to make the book marker and turned it inside out with a pressing tool. 

I decided to add an inner pocket across the bottom of the tote
 for my phone or wallet.
I had a long piece left of the fat quarter that was perfect for this
and lined it with a piece of the tiger strip minky.

This pocket and the book marker was stay stitched before adding the 
two sleeves for the book cover.

Here is my book cover tote assembled.
I added a line of top stitching 1/8" around the outer edge before binding.

I chose a colorful diagonal stripe for the binding fabric.
I machined sewed the outside.

I hand stitched the binding to the inside of the cover.

The extra inner pocket needed to be added before the sleeves for the book so that these items would not break the binding of the book.

This addition to the original design in the tutorial is very handy.

I made the tote large enough to accommodate
 a hardcover book or my iPad. 

I used my smallest scrap from the fat quarter to make a pen holder.

I am really enjoying my new book cover tote. 


Please visit all my blog hop friends today,

May 18th



Selina Quilts

For The Love Of Geese

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Schmilt

Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)

Sewing Up My Fabric

Thanks to

Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt

for organizing this fun blog hop.

I keep my new book cover tote handy to grab and go.

This has become my new preferred tote that I carry everywhere.

I also tuck my keys in the extra pockets.

A book tote has been on my list for some time,

but I needed this blog hop to get it done.

These blog hops are sew fun and inspiring! 


Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I love that song! Your book cover tote is really pretty and so useful!

Rebecca Smith said...

I am going to have to check out that tutorial. Your cover is so nice!

Pamela Arbour said...

That was a great idea to make a bookcover/ipad cover. Perfect fabric. I had never heard that song, so I went to YouTube to listen to it. I like it. I've learned something new.

Stitchin At Home said...

What a terrific idea! I have a couple grands who would love this.

Dorian said...

That is a great book cover Pat! I like how the book mark is sewed on to it, so it doesn't get lost between books. You did a great job!

Carol said...

Awesome book tote! Your additions are clever and useful! Thanks for sharing!

Lori Smanski said...

wow i love your book tote. It is fabulous. and all the extra pockets and padding make it usable and so special. thanks for sharing and inspiring.
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Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

What a fun and useful project. Those extra pockets were a great idea to add.

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Great project. I like that it can double as a tablet holder. I am not much of a reader. Any free time I have I am crafting. But I do use my tablet also and I love the cover for protection. Thank you for sharing!

Carol S. said...

That fabric makes such an wildly amazing cover for your book/tablet. I love that it can be used for both a book and tablet. Thank you for sharing how you made it and inspiring us with this great idea!

LJ said...

What a great idea. A book tote is on my 'to do' list also. You did a great job.

LJ said...

P.S. I enjoyed hearing that song again. I was plenty busy with kids at that time so I listened to the words more now. Yes, it really is a catchy song.

Sharon said...

I'm listening to the "Africa" song as I read your post. Great book cover; now you're all set for reading in the "wild". Thanks for sharing!

tink's mom said...

Your book cover is terrific. Several years ago I had one of them (store bought and without the pockets) that I used for travel. I was actually looking for it last month to no avail. Thanks so much not only for the idea but for all of the pattern and construction detail.

Kathleen said...

That is a perfect book cover and I love that fabric.

Vicki in MN said...

Isn't it amazing how these blog hops get us moving on projects we have been wanting to make for some time! Perfect fabric for the hop:)

O'Quilts said...

Great job. I am now going to try one too...Thank you

Leah said...

Your tote is fantastic. That fabric is perfect for it!

Calicojoan said...

What a cool book tote. I can see it being so handy in carrying a bunch of different things. Thanks for sharing how you constructed it. You know I'm going to be singing that TOTO song all day now don't you! LOL!!

Charlene McCain said...

I am in love with your beautiful book tote! Thank you for the link. I want to make a dozen for myself, and then I might even make some for next Christmas. You did such a great job on your tote. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Quilting Gail said...

Your book cover/tote is a fantastic idea!!! Love it!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Such a great project and yep, I had that song playing around in my head when I was thinking about and making my project too.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love that song, especially the version by Post Modern Jukebox. Your book tote is awesome.

Carol Andrews said...

Beautiful book cover. It’ll be really handy when you can travel again or get out more. The extra pockets are such a great addition. Thank for sharing the great song/ear worm 😉

For the love of geese said...

That is lovely, I need to make something like this for my ipad.

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a fun book cover/carry-all!! Thanks for the accompanying links. I've often thought to make something like your Hop project, but hadn't found the "right" pattern.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Ok, that is just fantastic! I need to make one!!! Thanks for sharing! xx