Like many people, I quite adore Jane Austen. Giving a gift of one of her books is an honor as well as homage to Jane’s cleverness. But wrapping the book in paper is too simple, so I sought a special means of presentation and was rewarded by finding The Sampler Girl's Jane Austen Book Bag project, one of numerous Jane Austen-inspired patterns she offers.
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The first part is cross-stitching the Jane Austen piece on 32-count linen (over one thread), then you follow the directions to sew the book pocket itself. The edging you see in the photo is also the lining fabric.
I added one little project to the book bag by making a matching case for reading glasses. Now all that’s needed is a bookmark and the total gift package is done.
"There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature." — Jane Austen (Northanger Abbey)
- Jane Austen Book Bag pattern