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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Another bag???

What is up with me?  I have yet again been captivated with another bag!  I never make bags...

But this pattern that's on Craftsy just caught my eye.

I needed a new duffle bag, like I need a hole in my head, but they are so darn cute. This pattern is from Studio Cherie and you can find it HERE

This one is 20" long and has 12" ends. Once it was complete, I realized just how BIG it really is. Definitely not carry on size. The airlines would have a fit over my even trying.  The handles are too short for my preference, so I will definitely make them longer next time, but it's a great duffle!

Since I was on this crazy "bag" kick, I decided it would be perfect for a gift for someone special next month, and my chance to try out some changes.

The nice thing about this pattern is that it is very easy to adapt. Instead of 12" ends, I made these 10". I also added another 12" to the original size handles. I like a shoulder strap personally.

Dakota Collectibles has a wonderful design pack for zipper pulls!  Too cute huh?
With my extra quilted fabric, I went on to make a matching purse. This one is a pattern that has been in my stash so long, that I had to dig way to the bottom to find it.
It's called "Kidney Shaped Ergonomic Shoulder Bag" by Patricia Gould. I was a bit shocked to see that it was written in 2004. I am guessing that is when I bought the pattern too.  I told you it was way at the bottom of the pile!  LOL! Her web site is www.angelfiredesigns.com
But it looks like she has gone off into art quilting now. I did not see pattern on her site anymore. Too bad, I love these ergonomic purses.
Lastly a matching coin purse from Anita Goodesign, an "in the hoop" project.
It attached with a caribeaner.
Someone is going to be all decked out next month!
You can see the difference in the two sizes.
I am thinking that a 3rd bag will be in the works very soon. Maybe something in between these two.
Just a few hints I will share if your thinking about making any of these for yourself...
She called for 8oz upholstery batting. I really have no idea just what that is, but I used a 3/4" extra high loft poly batting and a layer of Decobond in between my fabrics and it worked out great. I loaded my fabric on my long arm and quilted it before I cut out the pieces, but it would be easy enough to do on any machine though, if you cut pieces first, then quilt. Of course there is always that pre-quilted option, but the fabric choices seem very limited at times, and I think you need that little "extra" that the "Deco-bond" provides.
The pattern also calls for a 3.5" jute webbing for handles. I could not find anything like that around here, so I substituted a poly woven 2 1/2" instead. It just gives the handles a little different look.  Then of course, much longer for me!
Like I said, it is so easy to adapt this pattern with very little math skills. Don't have to be afraid to play around with it a bit.
And be sure to share your photos if you make one.
I would love to see what you did!
Happy travels!



  1. I have been wondering about this bag. It is huge. I did not realize it. I like your small bag.

  2. I made one a while back and have loved it!! I keep meaning to go back and make a second one. I think you may have motivated me to do that!
    here's mine: http://tildastwistedlife.blogspot.com/2012/05/bag-for-moi.html

  3. What a great bag and what a wonderful size it is too. I love the zipper pulls idea.

  4. Oh I like this bag though...it would be perfect for retreats.......hmmm might have to pop on over there....nic job.

  5. All your bags are adorable, esp that hot pink and green. Great that you could adap tthe pattern so easily too, they all look great! Nice works. Jane

  6. Fabulous matching set of duffle bag and sling purse with matching coin catcher. Bright cheerful gift indeed. Thank you for sharing the link to the patterns. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  7. Your duffle bags are wonderful! The kidney shaped bag pattern is again being sold. Here is a link to it.

  8. I also made a giant bag from that pattern. I found the directions to be rather unclear. But the final projest turned out. I agree the handles are way to short for that big of a bag!

  9. Looks like you are ready to pack up and go away for a month or two! So many bags!
    They look great and I can see why you have adjusted the sizes of the bags and the length of the handles. And the coin purse looks like fun. Lovely projects.

  10. What a great set! Somebody is going to be happy:)

  11. Your bags are great--neat fabric too. Between these and the previous post, it appears you've turned into the "big bag" lady!

  12. What great bags - I have tons of bags but no duffles. I'd love one that would be a carry-on size. blessings, marlene

  13. They both turned out great and the accessories are perfect. Nicely done.

  14. love these..... you know what I'm thinking... a new bag with certain fabrics


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