Wednesday, May 22, 2024

👛 Bags 👜

 It was time for me to make some new bags! I made three!!!
Bag Info #1:
Pattern: Snap Bag
Size: 6 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Batting: Soft & Stable
Thread: Glide--Sky
Pantograph: Figure 8
Interesting Info: I was given one of these when I was a member of Sioux Falls Quilt Guild--everyone got one! I've been using it for about 10 years! It was time for a replacement. The "snap" part of the bag is a cut up metal tape measure--I was able to reuse the tape measure from my previous bag!

There are instructions all over the internet on how to make these snap bags. I used this tutorial, from FunStuffCrafts--she finishes off the inside with French seams for a cleaner look inside.

Bag Info #2:
Pattern: The Essential Tote from Around the Bobbin
Size: 15" long x 12" tall x 4" wide
Batting: Soft & Stable
Thread: Glide--Galaxy
Pantograph: Trapunto E2E Clamshell Fan ⤵️ from Karlee Porter
This quilting is a "trapunto" pantograph: the stitching goes over each line about 4 times--perfect for a bag!
One of the nice things about this pattern is that it includes optional inset zipper instructions, which is a must for use as a handbag!
Interesting Info: This fabric was bought in Japan and is a home dec weight, slightly thicker than quilting cotton. I used faux leather for the bottom of the bag, so it doesn't pick up the dirt.⤵️
Bag Info #3:
Pattern: The Essential Tote from Around the Bobbin
Size: 15" long x 12" tall x 4" wide
Batting: Soft & Stable
Thread: Glide--Blue
Pantograph: Trapunto E2E O-Rings ⤵️ from Karlee Porter
Another trapunto pantograph!⤴️ And more faux leather for the bottom.
Interesting Info: This fabric also came from Japan--it was part of a kimono fabric roll. I lined it with an American Japanese print, if you know what I mean!
These are my 5th and 6th Essential Tote Bags! Below are my first four. Using Soft & Stable is a game changer. Even better is using quilted Soft & Stable! I also prefer using faux leather for the bottoms.
Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

19 comments:

  1. Those are fabulous bags, love the use of faux leather on the bottom, great idea!

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  2. Those bags are perfect. I love having a zipper to keep everything in!

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  3. Great idea to use faux leather for the bottom. I desperately need a new purse and just haven't been in the mood to make it. I know the pattern and have a fabric pull set aside.

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  4. Nancy you do such exquisite work!! I would be hard pressed to have a favorite, but I do love that gorgeous purple. Your detail work is flawless!

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  5. Of course, they are all beautiful. Love those Essential Totes in those pretty colors and quilting designs. That is such a great pattern! My next one might have to have a zipper (haven't done that part yet).

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  6. One can never have too many bags! :)

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  7. These are such beautiful bags! Tote bags are so useful.

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  8. I love your new bags! The leather on the bottom is perfect on the larger ones. I do love all the quilting designs, but my favorite is the Trapunto O Rings....so much fun definition!

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  9. I just adore your new bags, Nancy. Of course the one with the strawberries jumped at me. Lol. Gorgeous quilting and love the faux leather bottoms. These will be quite handy ; you never can have too many bags. Hugs.

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  10. I'm loving the snap bag Nancy. Are the pull tabs optional, or can you open the bags without them?

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    1. I can open my snap bag without the tabs. But they do add a cute accent!

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  11. Wonderful finishes all!! I need to find a cheap tape measure to make those snap bags.

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  12. All fabulous bags! Your quilting and the beautiful fabrics make these very special.

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  13. Pretty additions to your wardrobe! These new bags are lovely and the finishes are particularly well done, I love all the details!
    Thank you for sharing, the link for the snap bag, and your pretty bags.

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  14. New bags are such fun to use! Amazing how the snap bags keep on snapping years after they were constructed. I agree that zippers are a must for a handbag. Pretty fabrics quilted with amazing motifs make for beautiful bags!--TerryK@OnGoingProjects

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  15. Your bags are great, Nancy! I've made a lot of tote bags, but have never sewn with faux leather - where do you find it? I bet it stands up to use much better than quilting fabric on the bottom of the bag!

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  16. That Essential Bag looks perfect for use as a handbag. I'll need to go check it out. Love the quilting patterns you chose. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.
    https://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2024/05/22/wednesday-wait-loss-381

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  17. Super collection of bags!! now you are ready for any occasion!!!!!

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  18. Fantastic bags, Nancy!! I love the quilting you did on them and the faux leather just adds so much! Great job! Thanks for sharing with us at Monday Musings!

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