Friday, December 5, 2014

Charming Handbags!!

So remember when I posted on Monday that I was going to start a new little holiday project . . . Well, they are finished!!! (and I still have 20 days until Christmas :)   5 Charming Handbags made using this wonderful tutorial from Amanda Jean at the Moda Bake Shop ;)  I am not much of a bag maker, so I was a bit nervous about putting these together.  But the tutorial was great and easy to follow so they went together super easy and I am so excited with the results ;)  I mean, who doesn't love square patchwork and getting to play with Charm Packs!!  How about some individual shots ;)


Starting with the oldest, for my niece Ka who is 11, a Charming Handbag made with Cotton + Steel basics :)


And lined with this super fun print from Kate Spain's Daydream line for Moda :)


For my niece Ki who is 9, a Charming Handbag made with Social Club by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda :)


And lined with this classic print from Fig Tree Co.'s Mirabelle line for Moda :)


For my daughter, Jessi who is 9, a Charming Handbag made with Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda :)


And lined with her favorite color from In House Staffs Essentials line for P&B Textiles :)


For my niece El who is 6, a Charming Handbag made with Spot On by Studio for Robert Kaufman Fabrics :)


And lined with of course Basic Dots from Riley Blake Designs :)


For my niece Ra who is 4, a Charming Handbag made with Butterfly Dance by Cinderberry Stitches for Riley Blake Designs :)


And lined with of these adorable mushrooms from Aneela Hoey's Walk In The Woods Line for Moda :)


And here they are all in a line!!!  I am so excited for them to open them Christmas morning ;)  And I have to admit, not so nervous about making a basic bag anymore.  5 is really good practice :)


So what about you??  Do you like making bags??  If you want to and are a bit nervous, I would recommend this tutorial, it is super easy for beginning bag makers ;)  And they are great because you just need a charm pack and 2/3 yardage for the lining and handles.   And we all know we have a stack of charms lying around (Please say that isn't just me :)    Just a note if you do **Be sure and clip the corners of the lining like you did the bag, it doesn't say this step and I sort of missed it and figured it out later when it was a bit harder to "fix" it ;)

And that is all for today :)

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking these finished bags to Amanda's (love this gal!!!!) and Sarah's :)
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33 comments:

  1. I hadn't seen that tutorial before, thanks! Your bags are cute!

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  2. I really love these! If I had more time, I'd love to make them for all the girls at work! Wonder if they would mind a late gift?? Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!!

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  3. Too cute! Your nieces are going to love their bags.

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  4. Terrific bags! Wish I had an auntie like you. I could use a fun bag. And the bonus is no Chrismas stress! I'm jealous! :) Great work!

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  5. They are all so cute! I do love square patchwork!

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  6. Adorable bags! I made 3 quilted bags, very similar to this one, a few years ago to use as the bags for the gifts. They were for my sister, sister-in-law, and my mother. I've seen them still using them occasionally to carry items in their cars. Makes a useful and personal gift.

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  7. Those are great. Love the colors and the patchwork look. How sweet.

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  8. Melissa, I love your bags!!! I can't believe that you made 5 in a week! That's impressive!!! I love all your fabric combos. Well done!!!!

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  9. Those are so cute! I have to get brave and try these!

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  10. Your bags are so sweet all in a row, and no, you are not the only one who has a few charm packs laying around. *wink*

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  11. Ummmm . . . how many years is it 'till you have us for Christmas again? :)

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  12. So Cute! Ya for finishing weeks before Christmas!!

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  13. those are so cute. I'm nervous to do bags, but I may just have to try this one.

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  14. I love your bags. This pattern would be great for using up stash fabrics, too. I will have to make one when the Christmas dust clears!

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  15. They all look great!! Good for you for conquering another type of sewing!! Hugs, H

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  16. Cute bags. I might have to try a few.

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  17. Very cute Melissa! A great way to combine many different fabrics!

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  18. Melissa, they are all so cute.

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  19. They turned out great! Thanks for sharing them here.

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  20. I will be going over to look at this tutorial. I love bag making and certainly have a few charm packs lying around!

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  21. All your bags are darling!
    I do make lots of bags and have them hanging all over the place ~ also make them as gifts. There's lots of really great patterns out there ~ my favorite is the Apple Cider Tote by Pink Chalk. It's perfect for carting things around, big but not TOO big!

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  22. I love your bags. They came out great. I've already downloaded the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Can't wait to print the directions. Thanks! I have a question, I don't have any plastic template and I'm really trying to avoid heading out toward the shops due to Christmas craziness, do you think they'd still "stand" without it? Thanks

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    1. I didn't use the plastic template and yes, they still stand ;) Although I don't know if they would with like a book in them :)

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  24. I think you mastered bag making! They are adorable and will be fabulous gifts.

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  25. Love your bags!! Makes me want to try my hand at making some.

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  26. They all look great. Nicely done.

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  27. Whew, I think we'll need to start calling you a bag lady ;o)

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  28. Those look fabulous and will make such nice gifts.

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  29. Bags I love and these are no exceptions. Patience and time well spent. Blessings Always, Mtetar

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa