Miranda Day Bag from Lazy Girl Designs

Miranda Day Bag - Lazy Girl Designs

Image from Lazy Girl Designs – Miranda Day Bag

I’ve had my eye on this pattern ever since it became available, and I wasn’t really sure whether or not I wanted it.  But now that I’ve seen an actual sample of it at my local quilt shop, I love, love, love it! And as soon as I have some shopping money, I’ll be going back to buy it.   This is a sturdy bag in a nice size (12″ high x 10″ high x 6″ deep), with lots of interior pockets.  You can easily personalize this pattern by mixing up your fabrics a bit.  Go over to Lazy Girl Designs for “where to buy” information.  Or if you live in the Foley, Alabama area, you can pick it up at Lacy’s Quilt Studio on N. McKenzie Street (Hwy. 59).  You can get purse handles and some beautiful fabric there as well.

Tutorial: Super Easy Bag from Repurposed Clothing


Years ago I taught wearable art classes, and I’ve always had class samples hanging in my closet, most of them rarely worn.  I did wear this red quilted jacket a lot, and it was starting to show some wear, so I felt it was time to give it new life.  This little bag was the solution.  With this particular construction technique, you sew the lining and the outside of the bag all at the same time, so that they are permanently attached to each other along the side seams.  This way, your lining will rest more smoothly inside the bag, and you don’t have to worry about the lining not fitting quite right, as is often the case. [Read more...]

5 Easy Handbag Tutorials on the Internet

Bag Tutorials

I frequently come across great handbag tutorials during my late nights on the internet, so I thought I’d share five of them with you tonight.  I haven’t made any of these yet, but they’re absolutely on my list:

Un-Paper Bag from the purl bee – A fun variation of a shopping bag, with synthetic leather handles (which you can purchase from purl bee).

Little Library Tote from i have to say – A quick and easy flat tote made from a single large dishtowel.  Very cute!

Jeans Bag from Designs by JuJu – Roomy handbag  with optional machine embroidery, made from your discarded jeans.

Hobo Bag from J Caroline Creative – A stylish version of the popular hobo bag, with an interior pocket and magnetic snap.

‘Rather Cheeky’ Wristlet Clutch Purse from U-handblog – A sexier take on the classic wristlet, with a pretty bracelet handle.

So go make some bags, and let us know where we can see photos of your creations!

Easy Reversible Bag

Easy Reversible Bag

Sorry about being gone for so long — I’ve been developing a couple of blogs and they’ve consumed all my free time for the past 7 or 8 days.  Although they’re still in development, I can now take the occasional crafting break, and so I was able to make this bag. I know, I’ve been using polka dots a lot lately, but I think I’m over that now.

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How-To: Repurposed Jeans – Card Case


Denim Card Case

You know those favorite jeans that you just can’t bear to throw out?  I recently had a pair of those, which I wore and washed countless times, until the seat was worn nearly through.  While renovating this house, they finally gave up the fight after too many ascents to the top of a ladder.  At that point, I sadly retired those jeans, but I didn’t throw them away.

I have several projects in mind for my jeans, and the first is a business card case. This could also be used as a coin purse if you choose a more secure fastener for the front.  [Read more...]