A New Bag

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Several years ago I won a piece of hand dyed red fabric from Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber.  I hate to admit it but I lost track of that piece of fabric – it got tucked down in between several pieces of fabric among the short stacks – I forgot I had it.  I found it recently and I immediately once again wondered what should I make out of it.  I love the large tote bag that I made last month and the pattern came in three sizes.  I decided to make the medium size bag.  I have been busy today making this bag and I got some work done on Joseph’s Coat too – more on that one tomorrow.

The fabric.

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First I pieced together a charm package of squares to use for the inside lining.

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I had enough of that patchwork for two sides and one pocket.  I used some of the red for the center piece and one more pocket on the inside.

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I am pleased with the look! The front.

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The back

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Two inside pockets, one outside pocket and I put a loop inside to hook my keys on.  Now tomorrow I need to shop for a new wallet – this one is going to be a large purse – I can fit my kindle in it for times I want it with me.  I can fit brochures in it when at museums and such – I can never fit them in the purses I normally use (smaller than this), my camera can be tossed in,  I’m going to get a couple small flat cosmetic types bags for organizing and it will be set!

Thank you Vicki for the win – sorry it took me so long to make something out of it!!

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  • Vicki W May 22, 2012

    It’s lovely and I love how you used the patterning in the fabric to great effect!
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  • Flo May 22, 2012

    Great bag!
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  • Astrid May 22, 2012

    Karen, that’s a very pretty piece of fabric and what better way than turn it into a lovely bag! Love the bag! :)
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  • Karen May 23, 2012

    How interesting, I never would have thought to put the pieced blocks on the inside. Very nice purse. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Myrtle May 23, 2012

    Gorgeous. I really like that you used pieced blocks for the lining. It’s a nice little surprise every time you look in :)

  • Vivian May 24, 2012

    Wow! You have accomplished a lot while I was out lounging at the lake for a week. Now, I’m home and needing to clean house in time for a family cook out here on Sunday. Then maybe next week I can get back to the sewing room and finish up some projects.
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