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Bag Lady

Amy Butler fabrics are simply fabulous. A couple of years ago, I made a purse from one of her lines. It’s called the “Annabelle.” The ultra-low cost of material in the purse was made up for by the time spent sewing the decorative stitches! :) I estimate it took me two or three spools of thread and close to six hours in sewing those sections. The directions were very easy to follow, plus it was a great excuse to try out the decorative stitches on my sewing machine!

The result?

After I made that one, I decided to make a larger bag as a tote for my gradebook and school “stuff.” This is the “Miss Benson” bag. I did make my bag a little larger than the pattern called for so that my gradebook binder would fit inside with plenty of room for ungraded tests. :) Larger bag=longer sewing time.¬† Fusable fleece makes these bags sturdy and able to stand on their own. The patterns for the two can be purchased from Purse Strings Patterns.

¬†This final purse was made for me by my mother. I don’t have the pattern name handy, but I have seen several like it in books.

6 Responses to Bag Lady

  1. yankeechick August 19, 2007 at 3:31 pm #

    Girl! You put Vera Bradley to shame! I love these kind of bags, especially with all the pockets inside. I bought a pattern to make one years ago and never did make it (:. But i just might give one of these a whirl. You inspire me! That’s such a good thing!

  2. Rebekah August 28, 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    your bags aree so beautiful! The decorative stitching really adds so much to the bag.

    I’ve got a pair of bamboo handles that I need to use too. I really like how you incorporated them into your second bag.

  3. Rebekah August 28, 2007 at 8:54 pm #

    what kind of sewing machine do you use? I have a Janome model that has a lot of the same stitches that you’ve used. How do you like your machine?

  4. Oiyi August 30, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    Your bags are lovely!

  5. Melissa May 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Wow, if I had bags like that while I was teaching perhaps I’d have been inspired to grade papers and take school projects out on the town! Beautiful!

  6. brwbmm July 12, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    I love your bags! They are artfully done inside and out. Have you tried using brocade tapestry fabrics for a bag?


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