Mama's got a brand new bag...

I have had this bag on the brain for about year. It was percolating in there but I didn't know how to start, where to begin with the design. Having only made a handful of bags my construction technique wasn't up to the challenge..not yet. But then that changed and I made the bag of my dreams!


So how did I overcome my bag making shortcomings? I made a practice bag and I searched for a bunch of tutorials and inspiration. I made this bag first and I used Elizabeth Hartman's Quilt-as-you-go tutorial for bags (but I didn't use the canvas inside, I wanted a floppy bag) I looked at this picture from Fresh Lemons about a hundred times and then I just dove in. 

 

The fabrics came from my stash and there is a mix of vintage and new, just like always. I love, love this color palette; look for more of this combination coming soon! There is a little bit of Anna Maria Horner, lots of DS quilt and my favorite vintage prints that I have been hoarding for special projects. 


The inside has a canvas bottom and some of my favorite linen blend vintage lining. I put in a little pocket up top and zigzag stitched around the top. I used a pretty clever technique to make the bag handles and I may get around to sharing that here.

This is project number 2 of the new year and it's like in the top 5 favorite all time makes already. It just says ME all over it. The fabrics, the way it's put together, the fact that I didn't use a pattern but was able to construct it by myself - it all just adds up to a big 'ol YES!

What's been your favorite thing you've ever made and why?


Cheers!
Kelly

5 comments:

Spontaneous Threads said...

Isn't it nice when you can make exactly what you want! Great ay to launch the New Year!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

What a great bag! I think my favorite project is whatever I'm making next! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

wombatquilts.com said...

Next time I have to make a bag I am coming to you for help/advice!

Linda from Talkinglunchboxquilts.com said...

What a great bag!! I've been wanting to make a bag too - even bought a pattern. I may coming knocking on your blog with questions :)

Gemini Jen NZ said...

You've done a fantastic job! I love the colours. I'm right into bags myself at the moment too, made quite a few last year, am enjoying working on a quilt at the moment!