Bag & Totes
Quilting cotton makes great handbags, totes, and zip pouches! I’m partial to Amy Butler patterns, as you can see.
Bags & Totes
The Cosmo Bag:
Most of Amy B’s bags are oversized, but this one is huge! I reduced the pattern pieces on the photocopier to make this a more usable size for me. Details are on my old blog, here. Recently I started using this as a project bag for knitting, and it’s fabulous for that. I’d make another one, so I could have two great project bags, but that would only encourage me to cast on yet another project before finishing the current ones.
Half-Square Triangle Tote
What do you do with a the mountain of 1.5″ half-square triangles you get from a swap? Sew the best ones up into a long rectangle, quilt with a meander in metallic thread, then stitch to a base and line with that irresistible carp print that’s been in the stash for three years because you never figured out what else to do with it. This has become one of my most-used totes:
The lining gives me a kick every time I see it.
Quirky Birds Swap Tote
Made from someone else’s fabric for a Guild swap. Funny how I became so fond of something made from prints that are so “not me”. It was hard to let this one go. It would have been a great library and PO bag…
XMas gifts for my sisters a couple of years ago. Never did get around to making one for myself. This is a more beginner-friendly pattern than the Cosmo bag. Details on my old blog, here.
This great design is in Amy’s Style Stitches book, which includes a range of sizes… some of mine are wider, narrower, taller, or shallower than the original dimensions… it’s an easy design to customize!
I use these around the house, in my purse; they are great for traveling and make terrific gifts.
Best of all, they don’t take much fabric, so are a terrific way to make something gorgeous from your favorite fabric scraps.
Big thumbs-up for this pattern, which is beginner-appropriate. It’s worth the price of the “Style Stitches” book just to make up a bunch of these super-organizers in various sizes:
I won’t overload you with pics of all the new ones I’ve made since this batch. Once you get the hang of these, they’ll become a go-to last-minute-gift solution.