Wednesday, September 24, 2008

the un-paper bag a la amandajean


The Purl Bee has a great tutorial for a bag they call the un-paper bag. I made one several months ago from green linen. I love it and I use it a lot. Unfortunately, it isn't photogenic. It's a perfect size to use as a purse that has enough room for a few extras, like a few library books or a diaper, wipes and a sippy cup. I decided that it was high time to make a patchwork one.

(this is the reverse side)

I used the remaining charm squares I had from the Moda Daydreams line. I trimmed them down to 4.5". I now officially LOVE charm packs. They are so handy!
I had two extra squares, so I added them to the handles.
I quilted each square with matching thread....
and added a ric rac bordered pocket. Well, two pockets, actually. This may be my favorite part of the bag. I also officially love ric rac, too. I need to stock up.

For the handles, I cut 2 pieces 4" x 20" and them made them as directed in this tutorial.

One thing I learned....when using the template plastic for the bottom, round the corners, otherwise it will wear through the corners of your fabric, and quick.

This project, since it was pieced and quilted, took awhile, but still well worth it. Next time I am going to try it with decorator fabric.

47 comments:

Linda said...

very cute! Love the colors!

Sunny said...

This is really cute. I was wondering if you could go into more detail how you did your patchwork one with the pockets. I checked out the other tutorial and can do hers, but I am a little lost when I try to alter stuff. Your bag is *sew* cute.

Jackie said...

Great bag! Thanks for the links. I love charm packs too, a great time saver! Ric-rac is a favorite as well.

The Jen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The patchwork purse looks great. I love the colors together. Who can resist patchwork??? ~jen~

Jodie said...

It looks great - Love the quilting, love the pockets but most of all i love the ric-rac -of course!

MichelleB said...

It came out great. I love it.

Julie said...

you are so awesome
I am really getting some great ideas to use of Christmas gifts.
I also made the dish cloths from the waffle weave muslin... they work great for wiping down counters after putting up salsa.
LOL
thanks julie

girlsmama said...

I have a lonely Za-Za charm pack that I think has found a home...

Jeanne said...

Great tote! I'm going to have to make one, too. *s*

Sweet P said...

Love it!

sarahmurray said...

Cute cute cute! I love making tote bags. I'm with you on the ricrac love. It's so charming and old fashioned. And I really can't believe the amount of quilting and sewing you get done. You are my hero. x

Danetta said...

Very cute! I was looking at bag patterns today, like I NEED another bag...

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Super cute! I love the daydreams line, and this is a great way to make use of charms :)

Jessica said...

I love, love that bag! Making bags is an addiction of mine!

Amy said...

I've been in kind of a bag phase myself lately - but looking for new patterns. Thanks for the inspiration (again).

Regi said...

Oh I love the bag... Thanks for the linkage! I will have to put this on my list of have-to's for when I have a wee bit more spare time.

~Regi

Natalie said...

This is a lovely bag.

Vera said...

way too cute.

MYRA said...

What a great bag! And thanks for the links! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Tine said...

Oh this is absolutely fantastic! I love it. The ric-rac on the inside-pocket looks wonderful!

nicolette said...

Fantabulous bag!
Thanks for the links!

upstateLisa said...

Gorgeous as always! love the colors!

Kathie said...

great bag
when I make tote bags I buy foam core and cut it to the size I need and then make a "pillow case" for it in a contrasting fabric from the lining, easy to see the bottom of the bag :), it usually lasts a year or so, then I just replace the foam core but undoing one end of the pillow case and slide in a new one.
Very cheap and sturdy
a sheet of foam core gives you about 6 bags and it about 1.25. If you want I can send you pictures of this.
Kathie

a friend to knit with said...

oh my gosh is that cute!!!
everything you do amazes me amandajean.
and all of the details that go into things.
beautiful work.

Nichole said...

very cute! i really love the handles

Fil de vint said...

I love the bag is fine and is very well combined!
I like to do it, I could spend the pattern or the right size.
Thank you.
mireia.

pratima said...

Gorgeous bag! Quilting each square with a diff' thread seems like a lot of work. I admire your patience :)

Ashley said...

What a great bag! I love the patchwork and the chocolate brown interior. I'm definitely marking this tutorial as one I have to try! Thanks for passing it along!

denitza said...

What a fab bag! Love it!

Barefoot Quilter said...

Wow! Another great project. The colors are fantastic!

TAYLOR MADE designs said...

so pretty~
The colours are just fabulous.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! Love the fabrics, Amandajean. What a great project to use charm squares!

Lovely touch to add ric rac on the pockets. It's one of my favourite notions these days.

Anina said...

You are so very talented! Love the ric rac.

heatherandrienne said...

Fabulous Bag! Love the colors. I think I might try it in my pearl patchwork fabrics. The browns whites/creams and blues. Love, love, love it!!!!!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love it! The fabric is gorgeous and perfect for Fall.

Philigry said...

beautiful! i love this.

billie said...

I love this bag! Nice touch using rick-rack. I need to bookmark this tutorial, thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

WHAT a cute bag. I like your fabrics. I like your coat hooks, too!

AMD said...

It's nice to be related to someone who makes such cute bags.

Amy Jo said...

That is fantastic.... I love the colors!!

Rebekah said...

love your twist on their bag! I am desperately in need of a new purse/bag and have no time to work on one...this bag is so lovely!

lera said...

Love! So very, very pretty.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Not photgenic? NOT. I'd say it is very photogenic. Love it.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

WOW! Just beautiful. Now I know what I can use some of my charm packs for. Thanks for sharing the link and your beautiful photos.

Thimbleanna said...

This bag is adorable Amanda Jean! I LOVE it. Especially your touch of adding the extra blocks to the handle -- very cool!

wendies scrappings said...

Wow, what a cute bag!
And love your site.

Three years ago I began on my very first quilt. Very simple (when I look like your quilts), with squares of fabric. Both front and back. And it measures something like 250x220 cm. I spent 3 winters on it and last sunday I finally finished it.
So by surfing the internet I got your blog.
What a great blog. You make really beautifull things!!! Love to see what kind of things you make.

greets

Wendy (from Holland)

sulu-design said...

Okay, lady. I think I stepped away from the computer for a week, maybe ten days...
You have produced so much in that time, I can't get over it. And it's all so beautiful, so well-made. I hope you realize what a wonder you are!