|A small confession of bag obsession|
Several years ago I had this obsession with Vera Bradly. I have always admired her bags, they were and are so well made, so well thought out, but there never was a fabric that I fell in love with...until THAT year...and boy oh boy did I have a field day buying all sorts of bags in"my" color...it was like a Treasure Hunt, especially once I figured out the sales and discounts...I acquired almost everything in the collection from purses, to cosmetic bags, to carry on bag, duffle bags, a bag for my curling iron, even a backpack years later when I found one at an outlet...loved and still love my Vera Bradly...ah but there's one flaw with my collection...
While it looks really good on a rolling cart going into a hotel to have two huge travel bags, a duffle bag and a market tote all "matchy matchy" by the time you get down to the bags within the bags they all look alike! I mean, which bag did I put what in!!!
So over the years I have been collecting bag patterns....every year at Houston Market and Festival I purchase more from my favorite designers....thinking that one day I would start making bags....well I think my ship has come in!
Actually it's a ship that motivated this obsession with sewing bags this year - let me explain...
In April I will be teaching again on a quilting cruise sponsored by my local quilt shop and I thought it would just be so grand if I would have some new bags for travel!
So I started with a Project Bag (Patterns by Annie) made from an orphan block from last year's cruise...I made this at a guild sew in last November.
|Project Bag made at Island Quilters Guild Sew-In|
I really appreciate "By Annie" patterns as they are so well written. Zippers and vinyl are easy with her instructions... So quick and easy that in the same weekend I made her Appliqué to Go bag with a slight variation of adding a center pocket. I use this as my Binding kit - Superior Threads in a rainbow of colors so there is always the right one when I want to sit down and do some hand-sewn binding...the center bag holds my scissors, needles, etc.
|Applique to Go bag made at Island Quilters Guild Sew-In|
And then I discovered Craftsy! Oh my! I highly recommend the Zip It Up Class by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs. I enjoyed making her Run Around Bag, Nikita Bag and Bendy Bag...which lead to my addiction to Sweetpea Pods and Fobio Key Fob - a real hit for Christmas!
|Zip It Up Class Project|
|Zip It Up Class Project|
|Zip It Up Class Project|
|Sweetpea Pods are great for holding Wonder Clips|
|Sweetpea Pods for Christmas Gifts|
|Sweetpea Pod and Fobio Key Fob|
Lazy Girl Designs
"Matchy matchy is fun"
Yep, I've kinda gone off the deep in with making bags this year...seriously, when I shared with a friend that I had covered one of my grocery bags with fabric to make it prettier the reply was "I always ask them to double bag my groceries to make up for the lady in front of me who brought recyclable bags - someone has to look out for the plastic manufacturers!" I have since tried my hand at making my own...didn't get a chance to check it out because I gave it to my mom...but I really like the Stow-Away bag pattern I found on Craftsy and plan on making several more.
|This is what you do when you change grocery stores |
and still want to use the competitors bags
|Stow-away bag by liz-moments.blogspot.de|
But I think the craziest thing I did was make a bag out of a candy wrapper...it was such a sacrifice to have to take care of all the candy inside so I could put vinyl over the wrapper and add a zipper....tough job but I was up to the task!
|Pretty cool that this was the 150 Anniversary for my favorite Valentine candy|
The bag will "live on" as a memento!
Have to admit it was fun even if it was a little crazy! And I totally enjoyed giving out individually wrapped candies from my bag on Valentine's Day at church
As if that wasn't enough I went on a quilt retreat...I had all good intentions of piecing a quilt - and I actually did - but the bags took over! Here's what I came home with....
|The Duffle Bag Pattern by Cindy Taylor Oats|
|The Project Bag (small) made from leftover quilted fabric|
Patterns by Annie
|I added a pillow case to match a previous made quilt|
"Matchy Matchy" is still fun!
I also finished up a fun "Patterns by Annie" pattern called Open Wide The pattern has three sizes, this was the medium one. I think I will make the other two in the near future - it was just so rewarding and there are so many things you can do with this bag.
|Open Wide! Patterns by Annie|
Prior to going on retreat I quilted fabric to make a purse pattern but decided I still needed a little more practice on my techniques (stay tuned for that one!) so instead I just used the scraps to make the Stash & Dash, also a Patterns by Annie pattern
|See, I still use my longarm even though it has been hijacked|
by quilting fabric with Soft and Stable for future bags as of late
|Stash and Dash with an added zipper wristlet|
influenced by my Fobio Key Fobs (Lazy Girl Designs)
|Back side of Stash and Dash with a vinyl pocket that I have|
no idea what to use it for...
|Inside of Stash and Dash|
with Sew Fine #50 Superior Threads
|Original "Store Bought" Bag|
|Copy Cat Bag with added Fobio wristlet|
|Stereo by Jaybird Designs|
|Auditioning border fabric|
|Bag Lady Booty|
I do have a couple of other bags I have made in the past few days that I will save to share another day... I just thought this being "Leap Day" Feb 29, 2016 that it would be a good day to LEAP back into blogging! I hope there is still an audience, if not that's okay too as blogging is sorta a public diary and I enjoy taking a walk down memory lane every now and then...
until next time, take time to do something you enjoy - life is too short not to have fun and share love.
|1 John 4:19 We love because He first loved us|
karen O in TX