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 discussions about bags. I finished a tote a week or so back, 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 before Iwent to bed.....
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 Alexander Henry 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 techinques 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 on hand for when I stop by!

(OOPS! I originally said this was Michael Miller fabric...it's really from Alexander Henry. Sorry, I get all those men mixed up! lol!)

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 them so that the zipper doesn't tweek.

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

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

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?

Eileen

Sharon said...

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!!

Linda Z said...

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.

Kim said...

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!

Darlene said...

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

Nadine said...

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

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE

dot said...

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.

Nicole said...

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

Nan said...

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....

Tazzie said...

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.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Screen Door said...

Way cool bags... Looks smart!

atet said...

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!

Sewcatherine said...

Adorable.