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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Packin' for the weekend!

I just finished the market bag. I love this pattern. For those of you who might be thinking of making it, i do have a few suggestions!

* The bag is huge (love) approximatley 18 x12 and 4 inches deep. That pattern calls for very short handles. By the time i load this bag i NEED it on my shoulder. :) So I lengthen the handles a bit.

*I also added a huge pocket with velcro closures. Bag is so large you could easily use for a weekend away, diaper bag, picnic bag etc..

* Added an attachment for my keys. My keys go in this bag without a teather...i'll never find them. (maybe i should teather everything in my bag--wouldnt' that be great)

*Also put some ties at the top of the bag...(So when i spill-and i will- part of my junk..I'm mean treasures won't fall out)

Market bag pattern is from the current Bags, Pillows & Pincushions magzine. I know...for those of you who don't sew you like...WHAT ???

Enjoy your day!


Barbara Myltschenko said...

How hard was the pattern? I'm pretty new to this but I love it!

shelia said...

The pattern is actually very easy. The quilting on the bag was the "hardest" thing...and the random pattern is actually very forgiving when finished. You could also quilt in just striaght lines (like a Vera Bradley bag)
I think the directions are very clear. But PLEASE feel free to yell back and ask with any questions. I love, love this size and shape of this bag.

thanks for stopping by :)


Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Great looking bag! I could use one that size :)

Karin said...

Oh I love this bag...SOOO cute! :)

randi said...

Super cute!

jAne said...

What a beautiful bag, Shelia! Love the style and color and size...all of it. :o)

I've thought about making a bag but am a bit overwhelmed as it looks fairly complicated. I can sew but mostly simple things are in my ability at this point.

Love your blog. :o)


Sherri said...

I love your bag...it's gorgeous! I have the pattern and really appreciate your suggestions!

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Beansieleigh said...

I love this bag! I am not familiar with this magazine, so I'll have to keep an eye out for it! Cute little purses are great for little events and outings, but THIS is the size bag I carry around on an average day! I just HAVE to have all my junk.. no, I mean TREASURES with me at all times too! (0:

Happy Easter to you!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I was eyeing that bag myself. I have the magazine. I really like your color choices. VERY STYLISH!

Karen said...

Great bag! Love the fabrics you chose.

This is my first visit to your blog. I love it!

Janellybelly said...

What a stunning bag Shelia (sorry for spelling your name wrong in my giveaway comment). I love the free motion quilting & the centre pleat - I love pleated bags.
Janelle :)

Jacquelynne said...

My daughter used some of those same fabrics to make herself an iPod case- it came out really cute (just like your bag!)

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