I made this scripture bag for Wren with some input from her. She wanted a different style bag from the one I had made for Winter. She also approved the fabric, so this gift won’t be a total surprise, but she should like it, and that’s important.

This bag is made very similar to the Eiffel Tower purse that I made, except that it also has an outside pocket for a small hymnbook.

Scripture Bag


heavy weight floral fabric (it’s a Waverly home décor fabric)

drop cloth for lining



sewing machine


The total time was about 2 1/2 hours.



I purchased the Waverly print at the thrift store a year or two ago. I had been wanting to buy this particular fabric and was delighted to find large piece for so little.

Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?

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  1. Beautiful work. I would love to know the dimensions, and the handle length, or if these is a pattern on line, perhaps you would share it?

  2. Today I am finishing a Gryffindor colored scarf for my youngest god-child and I am starting a recipe book for my sister. She isn’t a great cook, but she is really good at following recipes as long as they are specific. So I am making her a binder and will include 25-50 of my favorite hand written recipes. I’m thinking she will love it.

  3. Cecile, when my MIL died, I was fortunate enough to get all her cookbooks. My favorites were the ones with blank pages where she had hand written her tried and true family tested recipes. I can’t think of a better gift to give someone right now while you can talk about them too. Perfect gift!

  4. Thanks Anne. I appreciate the words of encouragement. I always worry if my homemade gifts will be loved as much as store bought ones are. I should know by now they are loved even more!

  5. Well, I haven’t been able to be as productive as Brandy, but I am very proud of myself. I finished a hand-made journal for my daughter yesterday! I had no idea that one could bind a book so easily until I stumbled upon this tutorial: http://www.tortagialla.com/2010/06/23/lets-make-a-journal/Here are the materials I used:Cover:corrugated cardboard – cut from an old shipping box (free)turquoise floral fabric – given to me in a bag of remnants (free)Elmer’s glue – you can get a whole bottle for 1c to 10c at back-to-school salesScrapbook paper remnants for the end papers (5c)Pages:sheets of resume paper that I have had for 20+ years, so I’m calling it “free”. You can also use printer paper which can be had free-after-rebate.I stitched it all together with part of a skein of leftover embroidery floss. (10c?)Total cost: about 15cOut-of-pocket cost: Zero!This was the most fun project I have worked on in a while. It was a mix of paper crafting and sewing, and I wish I could post a picture of how it turned out.I bundled it with some nice mechanical pencils that I bought at Staples with ink recycling reward credit.(My other projects so far are flannel pj bottoms for my teenage son; 2 zippered & keyring earbud cases for my two daughters, homemade vanilla, and homemade soap. I’m working on a decorative pillow for the older daughter and an earbud case for my son.)

  6. What a pretty bag! I love your refined and elegant style. My mom made me a scripture bag for my baptism (long time ago), and I really treasured it. It helped me learn to respect the books, and keep my stuff nice.

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