Saturday, August 9, 2008

Guess I am just a Bag Lady Lately

Editor's note: After you read about these cute bags, head on over to Polka Dots & Rick Rack for a blogaversory celebration!

I have been sewing up a storm around here. Literally the lint dust is still settling and I seem to be finding pieces of fabric and thread everywhere. That is probably due to cutting all of those pieces for my house quilt (FIG TREE QUILTS) that I am working on, but that is a story for another day.

Last Christmas my darling husband bought me this Amy Butler pattern, Frenchy Bags. It came in a kit. Okay, so maybe....I ordered it myself for the computer fearing husband, but it still counts, right? This is the shoulder bag that came from that kit.

My almost-no-sewing-rather-have-her-teeth-pulled-out friend, Meg, went to a quilt shop with me in the spring. I showed her the bag pattern I was going to make. She really liked it and she loved the Amy Butler fabrics at the shop. So, she picked out some for a handbag version that I promised to make her for her birthday.

So, seeing that her birthday is TODAY. . .I kicked it into gear this week to get these projects done. I wish there was a picture of the two bags side by side. The handbag is a lot smaller. In fact, I worry that it may be a bit small for the size of purse my gal pal normally carries.

  • Amy Butler writes simple patterns for just about any level of sewer to follow.

  • She uses diagrams, which I love.

  • The pattern is already printed on sturdy paper.

  • My only suggestion would be to use fusible interfacing and save yourself all of those basting steps.

  • I also chose to sew sections into the interior pockets because I thought they would be TOO big, and this would help keep your purse organized.

  • I love the pockets now.

  • I will definitely continue to purchase Amy Butler patterns. They are a snap to follow.

OKAY, now Anna hold onto your thimble...but I installed my very first magnetic snap, so I think I might be ready for a zipper now. LOL Just to jazz up my shoulder bag, I monogrammed my initials on the bottom. I thought it turned out quite nice!

Finally, here is a picture of my husband's 7th grade cousin's messenger bag she purchased at the Pottery Barn outlet. I monogrammed her initials on the front. She chose the colors and font. I think she made some great choices.

This post is getting quite long, but I want to say how neat I think it is that ALL of you have read the Elm Creek series. Thanks for sharing. Well, I am off to create a whirlwind of cleaning around the house. Buddy is having a friend over in a bit and I'd like to at least have a start at it before that happens.


StitchinByTheLake said...

Cute bags! I love that we have so many new patterns for bags and I also appreciate your review of this one. I'll remember that when I'm next looking for a new pattern. Blessings, marlene

The Southern Mom said...

Thanks for visiting me! I love Amy Butler fabric and patterns! Your bags look great. And so do the monograms!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your bags - the monogram makes a nice touch! I didn't realise there was another book out in the Elm Creek series - will have to look out for it. In answer to your question about the flexi frame/spring frame pouch , the frame is bendable for opening and closing. They are used a lot in Japanese craft magazines. Saves having to put a zipper in (they are about 3-4 inches in length).

Erin said...

oh what cute bags! I love the monogram touch too! Great job!

Amanda Jean said...

I have that pattern, too. i need to get on it! I got it for christmas last year and still haven't tried it out. after reading your review of her pattern, I am excited to try it now.

Thimbleanna said...

WooHoo! Bring on the zippers! Love the bags -- I LOVE the monogram touch on the bag. I just bought that pattern -- I may have to "borrow" that monogram idea when I get ready to make mine -- I LOVE it!

Cheryl said...

Great job on the bags --- love the fabric. I am taking a purse class tomorrow and I will attempting to put in my first magnetic clasp!! You have inspired me! Thanks for mentioning my giveaway ... good luck :-)!!!

Joanna said...

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting - I thought I'd do the same! I LOVE your bags, and really love the monograms you did - what a great finishing touch they are!!!

Dawn said...

Holey moley---that bag is soooooo cute! You did a terrific job! You may be a bag lady, but it is one hip, chic bag lady with skills to make the most beautiful bags!

Dana said...

Fabulous bag! Great fabric combo!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love that bag and great job on the monogram.