Tuesday, April 05, 2011

a new bag. really, a new bag!

When I say a new bag, I mean a new pattern even! If you've been around here since before I had the baby (a YEAR ago!!) you saw a lot of my bag, meaning the bag I designed, since I made a ton of them. Maybe too many of them. In fact, I think it's been a year since I made a bag. And I needed a new one.

I've had this Belle Chrysanthemum (Amy Butler) for a couple of years waiting for the perfect time to use it.  I think it's perfect for spring.  And The Abby Tote from Vanessa at  V. and Co. was a perfect fit!

So I whipped up a little bag this last weekend.  Actually, it's not little, it's a huge tote!
The Abby Tote by V. and Co.


Isn't that sash adorable!  I listened to her on Pat Sloan's internet radio show (look on the right side bar under recent shows, Vanessa Christenson) and she said the inspiration for this bag was actually the big bow and she designed the bag around that.  Love.
the sash/scarf
She suggests doubling up the sash as a scarf too. And I did today! It was perfect on this very blustery spring day. Vanessa is as sweet (and funny!) as they come.  I can't wait to make a houndstooth quilt.  Make sure you check out the rest of Vanessa's awesome patterns.

So I think it's bag season.  I helped a friend make one of my original bags the last couple of days and I can't wait to show it to you.   It was so fun to help her make something and see her get as excited about it as I do!  I have a couple of other bag ideas floating around in my head too, maybe I'll get on that.  Not to mention the curtains and quilts I'm working on.  But I just love the quick, satisfying, functional nature of a new bag.

Anyone else feel the need to finish something quick when working on longer projects?  What do you sew when you need some instant gratification?

25 crafty mcCrafters commented:

amy said...

your bag is beautiful! I just made one too! lately mug rugs have been my quick sewing fix project! :)

Kim said...

Amy, that is really beautiful!!!! I hope I get to see in person soon!!!!! Great job!!!!!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Love that bow. And If I could marry V's houndstooth quilt I totally would. When I need a quick sewing fit I make hot fudge sauce.... I clearly have issues.

michelle523 said...

I bought this pattern immediately but have not had time to sew it up. I love your fabric.

michelle523 said...

Also do you sell a pattern for the bag you made over and over again? I love it.

Mary said...

Wow, I love this bag! I haven't made one in a while, but this might launch me back into bag-making!

Alisa said...

It's a beautiful bag - perfect for spring!

Vicki said...

Super cute bag! I love the sash.

It seems like I'm always in the midst of large, time consuming projects. I like making clothing items for my quick finish fixes. :)

Vanilla said...

Your bag is just beautiful.

I bought this pattern too, but since I never made a bag, I'm a little scared to start.
Isn't the bag too soft? Doesn't it get all crinckled?

I love the colours your used!

Vanilla
www.vanillababies.blogspot.com

tara said...

The fabrics are awesome. A sweet new spring bag!

V and Co. said...

I love it! And I love the fabrics you chose. ;)

Eleanor said...

Very cute and will be great for carrying all that kid paraphanalia.

Anna said...

really pretty! great fabrics, glad you made yourself a new bag, that's always fun!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I think bags are awesome quick projects! I have been waiting to see this and it's even better than I imagined...you did a great job with your fabric choices! Now I really want to make one of these...what kind of interfacing does it take, woven and fleece?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I make those Schnibbles patterns for quilt projects. They do mostly make up fast and easy, while I have a pile of ufo's looking at me ;-)

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I have a style almost identical to this one that I sew. Its one of my best sellers! Everyone loves bows!

Kelly Irene said...

I really like the fabrics, and the bow is so pretty! My "go to" easy project is cloth napkins. I get to play with gorgeous fabrics and sew something really simple.

notes of sincerity said...

Oh how cute!!! :o)
That bow draws me in every time.
Have a great day!
Sincerely, Trish

Regina said...

Love that bag! I might have to show it to my friend. I made her a bag a year ago and am about to test another pattern to make her a new one.

When I need a quick project to give me some instant gratification I usually make my kids something. Things for kids are almost always fast. Another favorite quick project is the Happy Zombie Poochie bag.

Mary said...

I love, love, love it! And so wish I had the gumption to make cute things, too. It must be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

Karen said...

Gorgeous bag Amy. Love your fabrics.

Shay said...

I need some more bags!!!! Let me say that this Amylouwho bag has not been instant gratification...it's been blissful gratification. I'm still on my high!!!! :) I am so grateful for you and your creativity, your fun, your smile, your friendship, your humor, your phone calls...etc!!!!

Heidi said...

Soooooooooo cute and soooooo YOU!! Got that - you rock mama!!! I love your blog!!

Karenkay said...

You have a really fun blog! Love the bag you made....I need to get that pattern!

LollyChops said...

I am pretty much in love with that bag! It's simply amazing!!!!

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