Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mill House Inn Bags- Moda Bake Shop


I love the Moda Bake Shop. Seriously, it is best. These are Mill House Inn Bags which was a tutorial on MBS by Our Cozy Nest. You can find the tutorial here. It is a really great tutorial, you'll be able to follow it. I think any level of quilter will like it, and can easily adapt the quilting step to their level.

I made myself one and one for a friend. I am going to use mine as a purse, since I think it is the perfect size. I added some interior pockets. I also interfaced the lining with a sturdy fusible interfacing. This gave the bag extra support, they can stand on their own. It did make sewing a couple of areas (particularly my pockets and the around the top of the bag where the seams met) a bit more challenging. But, in the end, I like a really sturdy bag. I still have to find the perfect buttons to sew on the front, for that loop closure you see sticking up the back.


One more thing to note, in the first step of the tutorial it has you cut the honeybun strips. I did not do this. Instead, I sewed the entire strip. By doing this, I had enough stripped together for 3 bags (if you cut carefully)....and still over half of my honeybun strips left untouched. You probably could get at least 6 of these bags made out of one honeybun, for those of you making gifts. It would be good to know before picking up the yardage. Oh, I also made my straps 28 inches long each. So, I cut 2 strips (4 inches wide).

Also, a shout out to Fig Tree Quilts.....how I love thee. You can see where I mixed in just a touch of Joanna's previous collections into this. I love it. I loved picking thru my Fig Tree scraps bags and realizing that I could make a whole lot of these bags with my scraps I have saved. What fun!

Lastly, have you signed up for the Friday night sew in?
Handmade by Heidi has organized a sewin Friday, January 15th! I'm totally in for that.

13 comments:

Carol said...

Kris, I love your tote bags. I saw that pattern on Moda Bake Shop but I've never made the bag. Good to know about sewing the strips uncut. I have a bunch of honeybuns, I should really do this tote. I'll have to put it on my February list for Charming Girls or something then I'll be more likely to get it done. I signed up for Heidi's Friday Night Sew-In yesterday. I think I will prepare for it by getting some fabric cut out between now and Friday.

Kim said...

Your bags are beautiful. I love Moda Bake Shop. They have awesome tutorials!

Michelle said...

Wow, those look great! You did an awesome job!

Allie said...

Those are really darling!!!

Screen Door said...

I made that pattern. Wasn't it easy to follow. Great Job.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great bags Kris! Yes, we sure like to squeeze as much as we can out of our fabric, don't we? Thanks for the heads up on that!

PunkiePie said...

Very very nice! I think they both came out just great! Awesome job.

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute bags Kris! I love the fabrics you've chosen!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

What CUTE bags, Kris! I'm with ya-- I love Fig Tree fabrics!

Bobbi said...

i LOVE that bag!!! very cute! maybe ill make myself a new bag friday for our sew-in!

Jewel said...

I have been using this bag (Made out of Glace) since about 2 days after the tutorial came out. It is my purse...I have decided, though, that I need a new one with out the Christmas fabric in it :)

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

The bags are very pretty. I love Moda Bakeshop too.

sukienki said...

I love this bag. I will try to find this bag in some shop in Poland, but it wouldn't be easy :(