At the same time I made my daughter’s scriptures cover, I made a little bag for her to carry things to church. A scripture tote. I couldn’t help it-the scripture cover didn’t really have any place to keep paper or a pen and bags are just fun! I saw a bag with this general shape and drew out my own pattern for it.
I love the bag’s simple, clean lines. And the unique shape. The handles are part of the sides instead of separate straps sewn onto the side. I wanted the bag to be cute, but not overly juvenile so she would feel good about using it for years to come. Even when she’s a teenager and doesn’t want ruffles or pink or who knows what else.
The fabric is a wool blend I originally used for a gorgeous winter coat. It is thick and has some thin metallic threads woven through. I truly love it. The lining is a a thick taffeta in a deep plum purple. So. Pretty. Nut-Nut wore the coat for at least two winters because I made the sleeves extra long. I love that coat and am so glad my SIL had a baby girl we could pass it down to.
When I saw the remnants of the beautiful wool blend and taffeta in my stash, I knew I wanted to use them for the scripture tote. The taffeta coordinates with the floral print in the scriptures cover so I used it for the scriptures cover inside and the straps. Best shade of purple ever.
This scripture tote is completely lined with a little pocket in the lining. For pens. And notes. And eventually lipgloss. Binding along the top edge and the inner part of the handles keep the two layers together and finish off the raw edges. I made my own binding from the taffeta lining I used for the inside of the bad. The color looks lovely, but that fabric was really slippery…
You see, I was winging this scripture bag off my own drawing/pattern and I made it a little bit snug for sliding scriptures down horizontally. Just another inch wider or deeper and it would be perfect!
I’m just debating whether I should make myself a scripture tote or a purse. I need one of those. Check out my Instagram account (@HazelnutMade)to see a picture of what I currently use as a purse. It’s falling apart and is a walking advertisement-but it fits my needs and preferences so well, I keep using it!