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Ruffled Zipper Pouch

Today’s the day—my first tutorial for the Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang is live!

I’m showing you how to make this little ruffled zippy pouch. You can always use another one of those, right? And this one’s a little bit tailored, because you know, Art Gallery fabric is just too posh for a scruffy one. : ) And it’s easier to make than it looks—you can throw one of these babies together in about an hour! (Trust me, I’m the original bag-ophobe).

Click here for the full tutorial on Art Gallery’s blog.

I used fabric from Art Gallery’s Rhapsodia collection. I fell hard for the big hexagon print that I used for the exterior of the pouch, and then of course couldn’t resist echoing that with the little hexies for the lining.

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A Chevron Tote

I did it! I made another bag! This one is for my wonderful friend Lisa—it was part birthday gift and part thank-you gift for a recent babysitting favor.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve never been much for sewing three-dimensional items. If it doesn’t lie as flat as a quilt, it scares me. But sewing more non-quilty items was one of my goals for 2012. Also, I’ve been dying to make a bag out of this yellow chevron fabric ever since I saw these Vera totes that Katie made. So I’m really excited that I finished this bag, and that it turned out so cute!

I used Betz White’s Isabella Tote pattern (available here or here—I love that the pattern includes an option to make this bag out of a repurposed pillowcase). I wanted my bag to be more structured, so I added the optional interfacing, even though I was already using a heavier upholstery-weight fabric. I also did the optional Timtex-interfaced panel in the bottom of the bag. I would have liked to add a pocket on the inside and maybe a magnetic snap closure, but I ran out of time! (Because, as usual, making this bag was a total last-minute decision.)

The only thing I didn’t like about the Isabella pattern is that, because of the way it’s constructed, it isn’t possible to line the bag in a different print. I would have liked a touch of contrast on the inside. But it’s that same construction method that makes it such an easy bag to put together (and makes it possible to use a pillowcase), so I guess I can’t complain about it too much.

Anyway, my friend loves it. In fact, she posted it on Facebook and I had several requests from her FB friends to make bags for them as well! What a nice compliment. But I think Lisa’s tote will have to remain one-of-a-kind for a while (well, three-of-a-kind, counting Katie’s inspirational bags), because I think I need to go back to nice flat quilts now. : )

P.S. The upholstery-weight yellow chevron fabric I used is on sale herefor $7.21 per yard for 54″ wide cuts! What a deal! They have other colors as well.

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Busting Out the Dance Bag

So, this adorable kid has been taking dance classes for the better part of three years now. And I have been intending to make her a dance bag … for the better part of three years now.

This is the dance bag I finally made for her, after all this time. It took me the better part of three hours. Yep, gold-star mom, right here. : )

Anyway, this is from a free tutorial by Simply Modern Mom. I love that it’s a hobo bag, instead of a too-cutesy little tote bag. E. feels pretty stylin’, in fact. The fabric is Peacock Lane, with a Michael Miller Dumb Dot for the lining. You gotta have pink and black for a dance bag, right?

I made a few changes from the tutorial—since I used lightweight quilting cotton, I added some fusible interfacing to the lining. (I hate how fusible interfacing always seems to bubble and wrinkle in the finished product, so my solution was to fuse it to the lining instead of the outer fabric.) I also eliminated the braided handle, and I added a magnetic snap, because I know my daughter, and I know the contents of this bag will just end up on the floor of my SUV without some sort of closure. I used this fab tutorial from Sew Crafty Jess’s blog to put in the snap—magnetic snaps couldn’t be easier! Really!

Edited to add: I’m linking up to TNT Thursday at Happy Quilting and the Threading My Way linky for bags and totes! Great idea, Pam!