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Monday, June 28

Making Library Bags for Book Club Friends

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One thing is for sure!
I love to read & I love my book club friends!

I actually had the idea to make a book bag for each of the girls
back when I hosted book club -
but I ran out of time, so they're getting them now.

I started out with these 
black "reusable grocery bags"
  you find around town.
Mine were 99 cents at  Smith's grocery store, but
Michael's Craft stores also have them. If you don't have either store, I've heard you
 can purchase the bags on the internet.

I took some pages out of an old, damaged book 
(no judging please! Ha ha!) and ran them through 
my computer printer to print the monograms.

Opposite the side with the monogram, I added the above
very true delightful quote from Pride and Prejudice.

I zigzagged the book pages on the bags with my sewing machine - 
carefully covering the "Smith's" logo.
There is also a red logo on the right bottom corner,
but it's too low to sew on the ribbon. 
I used fabric glue to affix this strip of ribbon on the bottom.
I found some of my ribbon at the thrift store! Wahoo!
The rest is from Hobby Lobby & Michael's Craft stores.

I only had one rule on the ribbon--
it had to be green. Any hue, any value!
I think it works!

I sewed ribbon on the handles & tied ribbon on the side
with a sweater flower or fabric flower for extra embellishment.

Each bag is unique--like my beautiful buddies.
I am daily blessed by their friendship & 
hope they enjoy these home-made gifts.


  1. Oh My Gosh how adorable are these!!!! I want one! LOL!

  2. These are so cute! I started a book club with the ladies of my church this year and love it. We are reading Christian fiction and meet once a quarter to have dinner and discussion themed to the book. It has been a great way to bond with women of all ages and delightful all around. I'm always trying to think of new favor ideas, so I'll tuck this one away. I'm going to check out your book club post, too.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today so I could discover yours. I'm following and hope you'll be back to visit me again too!

  3. I LOVE this idea! and you blog! Thanks for visiting mine! I enjoy your ideas!
    New Follower and BF newbie!

    Peaceful wishes,

  4. What a fun idea!! I bet they were just thrilled. And such a thoughtful gift!


  5. These are simply adorable! My friend and I just started a book club last month and it has been great fun. We read Eat, Pray, Love in August (had book club @ a local ethnic restaurant where we discussed the book)and then headed as a group to see the movie. There were 20 of us and it felt like we were back in high school going in a group to hang out. This month we are reading The Help, which is simply wonderful...

    Am enjoying my first visit to your blog. So much that I am now a follower...


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