Saturday, July 28, 2007

Happy Valley Bag Lady

I haven't been doing a lot of quilting lately. I guess I got a little sidetracked. Kim and I have been having some discussion about bags. I finished a tote a week or so ago, but haven't been able to post a picture because I'll be sending it as a secret gift to a special friend. It was a lot of fun to make and got me looking into other bag patterns.

Last night I came home after having dinner out with DH and put this bag together.....

I stumbled across this bag pattern at the U-handbag blog and it's called the Basket Style bag. I have to admit that I'm pretty proud of the finished results. It was my first attempt at a magnetic snap and everything went together pretty quickly.

I could hardly wait to get out of bed this morning so that I could start on my next bag.....

I bought this Michael Miller Halloween fabric with bag making in mind. For this bag I used the dimensions from the Country Tote by Indygo Junction, but used the same techinque as the Basket Style bag. I also made my own variation for the handles. Didn't this turn out cute? I'm all ready to go trick-or-treating!!! Have lots of chocolate handy for when I stop by!

Here is a little coin purse that I made for DD2.....

The instructions for this coin purse also came from the U-handbag blog. I think I need to work with zippers a little bit more to find a way of stitching that won't tweek the zipper.

I still have an Amy Butler pattern that I bought yesterday, so I may try and work on that this afternoon.


  1. I love that first one, Kairle with that wild red flower. Neat old TB fabric. I used those magnitic snaps on my bag also. Isn't bag making fun?


  2. I am loving your bags. Especially that Halloweenie one. You know your ahead of all of us now. October will be here before we know it. Great job!!

  3. It must have been bag making day. I also worked on a bag today. Not quite finished because I had to do a little unstitching (ugh). I want this to turn out nicely because it is a gift. I know that I am a perfectionist, but you can't teach an old dog new tricks. DH said it looked great and I was crazy. Like that is a new comment.LOL! I will be anxious to see tomorrows bag and I will have the chocolate ready on 10/31.

  4. As we've discussed, Kairle, I've yet to make one but I'm sure interested! I can hardly wait to finish my quilting project so I can move onto bag making. I picked up a pattern by Renee Plains at the quilt shop--funny because I've read her blog and thought the name was familiar--sure enough! LOL! I love all the bags you've made so far and am looking forward to seeing more!

  5. Absolutely adorable bags, Kairle! I'm bagophobic so I just admire them from afar. LOL

    I did purchase pattern today and I'm hoping it's something I can do - haven't read the instructions yet. Time will tell. LOL

  6. You sure may be proud of the results ! These bags are absolutely adorable !

    Hugs & smiles,

  7. Very nice bags. I love the Halloween one. It is just to cute. I mught have to make myself one. I probably won't, I won't take the time.

  8. That Michael Miller Halloween fabric is fabulous! I have to find it!

  9. I just discovered your blog, and I'm certainly glad I did! You did such a great job on your bags - they're lovely.
    I do love the Halloween fabric - so cute! Wherever did you get it? I shall have to go on a search....

  10. I love your bags Kairle, the first one is my favourite. I've always loved that Thimbleberries print, I think it's one of my all time favourites.

  11. What adorable bags!!! Ok, all this bag talk is getting me in the mood for more of them...not like I NEED them or anything, just want to make one!