Good Morning! It’s Friday and I am looking forward to a nice weekend! We got some snow and it is still very cold here, perfect for sewing and quilting and creating. I have been spending my time sewing on a new Louisa bag. If you would like to purchase a pattern to make your own follow the link here. (We have this pattern available in both pdf and printed form). I chose to do a mix of Bonnie and Camille fabrics for my new bag, I am so happy with how it is looking!
We are doing something a little new, that is to begin a series of blog posts for sewists who make quilts and would like to make bags also. We have heard from fellow quilters that they aren’t sure if they could make bags but we are going to try to help in that area. We believe if you can quilt you can make a bag, especially our bags. Because we love making bags and designing bags that everyone can make. Maybe there are just a few tips and techniques that would really help make that a reality. Our series will be called “Bags For Quilters”. There’s just something so fun about carrying around a bag that you made using fabric that you really love.
These are the two panels that will make up the main part (body) of my bag, the front and the back of the bag. They are patchwork sewn just as you would for making a quilt. It is simple and arranged the way you want it to look.
We leave a small border of the flannel around the outside to strengthen the seam allowance. I don’t always do this but for the purpose of this photo I have left them on. It is a little hard to see but there is about 1/4″ around the edges of each panel.
Now for the decision part. What to make the gusset (sides and bottom piece), handles and binding out of. I like the blue. Usually when we begin making a bag all of those choices are made before beginning, but I am making this bag from fabric I already have on hand.
The second choice I have is a solid pink that I think would also go well with the prints. It really is a matter of choice and what direction I want my bag to go in. Not sure though! I like them both so that makes it really difficult. My other Louisa bag has pink so maybe I am leaning toward the blue. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated. I always love asking!!
We hope you look forward to our series as much as we are and that you follow along, if you have any specific questions we would be happy to answer them! We have a variety of other patterns available in our Clover & Violet Shop that you might want to purchase, some in both pdf and printed form and some just in pdf form. We would love it if you stopped by and had a look!!
Have a great day!!