New! Free Pattern for Vintage Book Bag

When I started here, almost three years ago, I recolored the Vintage Book Bag, an archived pattern, into our library-themed collection called Bookish. I was fortunate to obtain the catalog sample and have been carrying it around ever since! The reason I enjoy the bag so much is its 9″ x 12″ x 2″ size which is just right for bringing home books from the library or carrying a notebook or tablet.


Just for fun, I thought I would see how the Vintage Book Bag looks in the lovely Isle of Enchantment collection. I couldn’t decide between the three colorations, so instead of making the pattern available in a kit, Teri, our fearless CT Director, told me I could make theĀ Vintage Book Bag a free pattern download. This means everyone can pick their favorite to make!

To download your FREE PATTERN PDF of 991514 Vintage Book Bag, click HERE!

So, here ya go! Here are three versions of the Vintage Book Bag in Isle of Enchantment.

Ann-VBBBlue Ann-VBBOrange Ann-VBBPurple

Which is your favorite?

Now that this fun and useful pattern is available for free…the sky is the limit. Keep it in mind the next time you find an irresistible CT fabric collection!


  1. Sandra - June 23, 2014

    I just made a bag like this last month to carry my sewing things for quilt class, I love it.

  2. Ann - June 23, 2014

    Sandra, it is a handy size without being too big.

  3. Maxine Nichols - June 23, 2014

    Thanks for the Book Bag Pattern. LOVE Connecting Threads!

    • Ann - June 23, 2014

      Maxine, you are welcome. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. CreepingThyme - June 23, 2014

    This is such a great bag. I made the Bookish version when it came out a few years ago and I’ve been using it ever since – it’s the perfect size for carrying around my knitting projects.

    • Ann - June 23, 2014

      I have carried it for hand projects too. It is a useful size – just big enough to hold a book, pattern or computer-printed instructions for whatever project you are working on. Very handy bag!

  5. Sharon Camp - June 24, 2014

    This a great idea for myself to carry projects but I just added this project to my Christmas gift list. Thanks

    • Ann - June 24, 2014

      OOOOH! They would make great gifts! We have some great fabric options available now and some coming up. I am sure you will find something just right for those on your list. Happy sewing!

  6. Vicki - June 25, 2014

    When you had this as a kit a couple of years ago I thought it would make a great gift for my daughter. By the time I got around to ordering it, the kit was out of stock. I did find another bag pattern to use and was able to order the fabrics. She uses her bag everytime she goes to the library. Now I have the pattern so I can make myself a library bag! Thank you!!

  7. Mary Ellen - June 26, 2014

    This is a great pattern – Thank you for making it available to us!

  8. Ann - June 26, 2014

    Vicki and Mary Ellen – Glad you are excited about the pattern. It will look great in so many fabric choices. Enjoy!

  9. Gayle Lott - January 20, 2015

    I think that I will make a few of these for my younger Sis to pass out to a few special Library patrons. She is a Librarian in Ms.. I will also make a few for my special friend to pass out locally. Thanks!