Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 24 of 24

Thread: Not a bag - a suitcase!

  1. #1
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469

    Not a bag - a suitcase!

    I want to make a bag for my mother's birthday in July. She's TINY - under 5' tall and close to 100 pounds. She carries small bags - usually matched to her outfit. I've never made a bag before and guessed badly. This is a CUTE bag, but evidently 11" X 13" is BIG in BagWorld.

    So ... any pattern suggestions for a small bag - but not a clutch or evening size?

    I haven't put the bottom in it yet so it's a bit saggy. I found it easier to make than I expected.

    Pattern: Whistlepig Creek Productions #1188 - Pockets All Around (Fat Quarter Friendly).
    Attached Images Attached Images

    So many quilts, so little time.

  2. #2
    QM
    QM is offline
    Power Poster QM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Northern California mountains
    Posts
    12,537
    That is a delightful bag. Good for you!

  3. #3
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,358
    Very nice...I tend to cart a lot around, so large is great for me. Can't help with a pattern, but could you maybe make a smaller one in matching fabric and give her both....the larger one could be used for an overnight bag.

  4. #4
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469
    earthwalker - that's a good idea! I'm going to look for a pattern tomorrow morning and see what I can find. She doesn't do much overnighting anymore, but does sit in waiting rooms and does hospital visits and might enjoy having a bag for stuff. The pansy-looking fabric was the last fat quarter the shop had in that particular batik - and that's the one I built things around. But .. I'll keep that in mind when I look tomorrow.
    So many quilts, so little time.

  5. #5
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,579
    My DIL is tiny also and Denise B made her a mini bow tucks bag with skinny straps. Looks good on her.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



  6. #6
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,149
    Blog Entries
    3
    I can relate, I like smaller bags myself. Even the mini Bow Tucks was too big for me. You could cut down the size. Instead of experimenting with fabric, try different sizes with paper and tape them together. You should be able to adjust it to suit your needs.

  7. #7
    Power Poster debcavan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Spring Green,WI
    Posts
    14,634
    My 102 yer old Mom has one that is about 8 inches high and wide that I did for her.. your bag is gorgeous. What a lovely fabric combination.
    DEB CAVAN

  8. #8
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    11,157
    Blog Entries
    2
    Love your bag! Now you have an instant gift for someone. Here are my favorite FREE purse pattern links. You may find something here, if nothing else, you can spend an afternoon browsing!
    http://pursepatterns.com/free_bag_patterns.html
    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projec...terns_ss1.html
    http://www.allcrafts.net/sewing/pursesew.htm
    http://www.allfreesewing.com/Bags-and-Purses
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    NYS
    Posts
    6
    Blog Entries
    1
    Having made this bag I can attest to its "bigness". You might try Marlous Design's The Izzy Bag pattern...it is a very nice bag.

  10. #10
    Super Member marymm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,739
    Could you take that same pattern to a copier and reduce by 10, 15, 20 percent (or whatever)? Beautiful bag!

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    ILLINOIS
    Posts
    2,010
    thank you so much for sharing this beautiful purse/tote with us and also for the links to the free patterns, I think it is so wonderful that people are eager and willing to share their talents with others.

    Pat
    Patsy

  12. #12
    Super Member Blinkokr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Deltona, Florida
    Posts
    7,087
    I think it is lovely, Just wonderful, Great job and Thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
    Ellen

  13. #13
    Super Member joysewer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,409
    Very nice bag!! Love it!
    Gloria 

  14. #14
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,869
    Oh, I LOVE that! It'd be the PERFECT bag for taking along a knitting/crochet project!

    There are also patterns from different sized bags, from Simplicity and McCall's.
    Neesie


    By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
    ~Richard Dawkins

  15. #15
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469
    This wasn't a pattern like you lay out. It's more like quilt cutting instructions - cut two 5 1/2" x 14" rectangles. That sort of thing. Got the same fabric - including the pansy (owner was there and knew where it was). Got a pattern that has 4 sizes - grapefruit, melon, volleyball, and basketball. I'll make the melon. (petite, standard, large, and jumbo were described like that.) got a busy day with family so can't get started yet, but can't wait!

    Thanks for the links. Last night I looked at 100's of free patterns and none was quite right. It helped a lot that the shop had the petite and jumbo made up.
    So many quilts, so little time.

  16. #16
    Super Member nannyrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    5,830
    Oooooooh, I love it., Great job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

  17. #17
    Super Member moreland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Manhattan, Kansas
    Posts
    2,164
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Love your bag! Now you have an instant gift for someone. Here are my favorite FREE purse pattern links. You may find something here, if nothing else, you can spend an afternoon browsing!
    http://pursepatterns.com/free_bag_patterns.html
    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projec...terns_ss1.html
    http://www.allcrafts.net/sewing/pursesew.htm
    http://www.allfreesewing.com/Bags-and-Purses
    Thank you for sharing these links. I was just getting ready to look for some free patterns. You made my search super easy!
    God Bless,
    Rachel

  18. #18
    Super Member Nanaquilts44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    1,993
    The bag is sooo pretty. I know whoever uses it will love it.

  19. #19
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469
    I'm going to follow the advice on here and give them both to her as a set. If she won't use the bigger bag she'll tell me and it will go to my church secret pal. Plenty of gift-giving opportunities!
    So many quilts, so little time.

  20. #20
    Senior Member cindy anne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    358
    It's a very pretty bag. Batiks are beautiful.

  21. #21
    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Upland CA
    Posts
    18,356
    Beautiful bag!!!!

  22. #22
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    13,127
    The mini bow tuck would work perfectly!
    Then you can keep this one for yourself!!!!

  23. #23
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Grant City, Missouri
    Posts
    102
    Jan, I love your bag....I've made 17 purses so far, mostly mini bow tucks and it is really too large for me. By any chance is your pattern a free one?

  24. #24
    Super Member raedar63's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    4,045
    That is a beautiful bag, If it were me and I had time I would make a smaller version or pick a similar pattern that is smaller, make it with matching/contrasting fabric and put it inside the big one so she could have a set !

    Perhaps a few small wrist-lets or clutches , endless possibilities , here is a link with over 300 ideas
    http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-...ts/purses.html
    Last edited by raedar63; 09-06-2012 at 07:09 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.