Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Bag - for Me anyway ...

Maybe all of you have seen this nifty little bag.
I'm usually the last to find these things out. :o)

Anway - My friend - LouAnne ... Quilter Extrodanaire -
explained the simplicity of this bag over the phone!
It took me a few tries and remakes but, I think
I've got it now ...

What do you think?


Each side has pockets in the front.
Like this ....


And a bigger pocket in the middle.
Like this ...


Now. I bet you are wondering.
How did I get blogger to post my pictures?
I actually have them linked to my blog
over at Xanga!

Blessings Everyone!

the Bea

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Bag Boutique - Rachel

I love the Bag Boutique book. I borrowed it from the library and liked it so much I purchased a copy. This bag is the Rachel style. The fabric is a two sided brocade sort of fabric. It is satiny which irridescent dragon flies all over. The other side (that I did not use) was a pink striped background. Very cool! I found the bead trim that matched perfectly. As you can see, the flap on this bag is not actually how it opens. It has a zippered back.

Very fun style. I'm not keeping this one but I'm might make another as I really liked it!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

My name is Karyn, and I'm a Bagaholic!

I'm so honoured to be invited to participate in this blog. I have freqently visited it and admired the work of all the contributers.

I just started sewing again. I've always been crafty. I've dabbled in scrapbooking, knitting and beading, but I just love the instant gratification of sewing bags!! It could take me weeks to knit a beautiful pair of socks, but only hours to create a great looking bag.

Here are some of my bags. I love the fact that each bag gets a little bit better than the previous one as I learn more tips and tricks. When I think back to the first bags I made (which I thought were awesome at the time), I can't help but think about how much I've learned.

I want to say thanks to all the awesome bloggers who have really helped me out!

Here are just a few of my creations:

I love these patchwork bags!

This bag is a combination of many tutorials I've found online.
I almost have the pattern the way I like it, just a teensy bit more tweeking and it will be there.

This is my newest summery tote.

My blog can be found here.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bagmaking Tips

One of our fellow Bagaholics, Debbie of In The Bag posted today about what she does to make her bags sturdy. There are some great tips on her post here. Thanks, Debbie!

International Tote Exchange II (knit or crochet)

Fellow bagaholics:
Although this blog is primarily about sewing bags, I suspect there are some knitters/crocheters here, too. Linda gave me permission to advertise a new exchange that is starting up. Here are the details:

It's time to kickoff International Tote Exchange II. This exchange
will include the exchange of a hand-knit or crocheted bag which may be
felted or not. If you're interested in joining, read the rules at
International Tote Exchange II ( )
and if still interested, send an email to toteexchangehostesses @
gmail . com (no spaces, of course!) that includes:

your name
online nickname (if applicable, i.e. Kim in NJ)
e-mail address
street address
phone number
blog address (if applicable)

This information will only be available to the Hostesses and your
Secret Pal. We will then send you an invitation to join the blog. Once
you have joined, you need to complete the questionnaire and post it on
the blog. Signups will close on August 25, 2006 and all totes must be
delivered by October 31, 2006.

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you will join in the
fun. TOTE ON!


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I Just Can't Stop Making Bags...

I've been really bad about posting my bags here. Here are a few that I've finished in the last few weeks.

1. This bag is from my Japanese Pattern book called "Petty Bags" (yes, they misspelled it). It has a nice rounded edge and I like the way the top is finished - the sides are lower than then top edge. More pictures here.

2. This is from Amy Butler's "In-Town Bags" pattern - the Smart Bag. This is Amy's new line of fabric called Belle, with a coordinating liner. Liner picture is here.

3. Can you stand another wedge (or shall I say wedgie) purse from Autum's site? I free-motion quilted the strips - I like it better than the straight quilting lines. More pictures here.

4. And lastly, a felted green purse that I finally was able to finish after months of knitting. The pattern is from Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas. More info here.

Whew! 2 of these were gifts, and 2 are for myself. I'm sure I won't be carrying this wool one until November when it finally will cool off around here.

Friday, August 04, 2006


Heres the other 2 bags I said I would show you guys. Just big roomy flea market/Paperback totes,with purse organizers. The top one I just love & its the very last one I can make as that fab raised vinatge crewel fabric is now all gone. The pink is a light seersucker with aqua lining and removable bow pin.

I just read the previous post & went "wow" ! I have been making these for a long time for sale here, most are under "sold items" but I had no idea that there was a tutorial somewhere. Thats great! So I thought I would show you this last one i made for a special order!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Purse organizers (or how to use all your bags more often)

Here is a variation of a tote bag organizer inspired by this craftster tutorial. I love having lots of inside pockets (and not a big fan of those cargo pockets on the exterior) but that does not always work with every purse I'm making (due to laziness). With these, you can easily transfer all your essentials to your next purse. A few more details at my blog.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Robins Egg Patchwork Tote

Hello to name is Angie...& yes I am a bagaholic! I Made a medium size patchwork tote the other day, in assorted blues. Wow, such fabulous bags, and beautiful stitchers I've seen here. Thanks for the oppurtunity to show you my goods!
Inside three patched pockets in co-ordinating fabrics.

Here's the Bag front. I have a few more to show you next post, for more information about me & my bags, please come visit me over here:

More bags


A tote bag requested by my teenager. I didn't use any patterns, just cut and sew the rectangles, based on her dimensions. She picked the fabrics herself. I wouldn't recommend staring at the dots too long. I'm still seeing spots. I have finished several other bags. Pictures are in my BLOG.