A break from quiltmaking

28 May

You may know by now that I have a bit of a thing about fabric, you may also know that Saints and Pinners an online fabric shop are in reality not far from my house, so rather than order online I’ll make an appointment to visit them and browse their lovely stock. On my first visit I bought some Lizzy House Ducks in a Row (pond) from the Red Letter Day line, it really appealed as it was quite orange and had potential for something for Leah my orange loving girl!

I used some of it to make her a purse:


And a drawstring bag, both of which are well used:

Drawstring bag/backpack

On subsequent visits I came across their last 1/2 a yard of Champion in Galosh and another 1/2 yard of Pearl Bracelet in feather.

At the end of last year I bought Noodlehead’s 241 bag pattern and a couple of weeks ago when I needed a break from quilts I cut out the pieces to make the bag.  Once most of them were cut out I hesitated as there are a few different options with this bag and I wanted to be sure I made it the way I wanted it.


Following the pattern I went for the external pockets and the zip pockets option.

I also amended the strap to suit me, so rather than just a shoulder bag the strap is adjustable and I can wear it either across the body or over the shoulder.  To be honest the chances of me wearing it just over the shoulder are slim, with 3 small children I generally need both hands free to manage them!

I added in a key fob which I did in the Runaround bag I made for myself last year:

Runaround bag: lobster clasp/trigger clip

I’ve discovered that this one wasn’t really long enough (but is still really useful) so this time I made the strap longer:


If you want a tutorial for this then Kerry has a great one here.

So in addition to the Lizzy House prints I used Alexander Henry Heath in Steel Grey.  And do you know what?  I am delighted with the result:


Partly delighted that I bought the fabric when I saw it not having a clue what I would use it for and delighted that I have a great new bag all for me – Leah is happy too because it matches hers (in part!).

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17 Replies to “A break from quiltmaking

  1. Orange is one of those colours I’m never brave enough to use but you’ve made it look amazing. Love the 241 bag!

  2. Love that bag and gorgeous fabrics 🙂 I’ve only got the one toddler, but I always go for an across the body strap! So much easier!

  3. What beautiful projects, am very envious! Just last night I bookmarked the noodlehead bag pattern, keep seeing it everywhere and yours is just lovely.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE Heath! and it is fab with the pearl bracelets too. I am trying to get my Zakka bag finished in time for London, but I am dithering over what fabrics to use for the leaves!

  5. Fantastic bag!
    I will have my Noodlehead bag with me at the Retreat – made from the Runaround pattern.
    Would love to have a real life look at yours because I think this is my next one to make.

  6. oh mary!!!!! what sweet things you make! i love the fabric for everything you make! you’re inspiring me <3

  7. So much fun! I have to review this pattern for Purse Palooza in a few weeks, and I might borrow the adjustable strap option for one of the ones I make up if that’s okay?

  8. I use my 241 all the time! Such a great pattern and the fob stops me losing my work keys! Looking forward to seeing yours in the flesh!

  9. it’s totally amazing!!! beautiful sewing. 🙂 and lovve that first little pouch, I’m a sucker for those. 🙂

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