Friday, September 02, 2016

Friday Finish - In the Bag!

Tumbleweeds. Crickets. It's been a little quiet here lately. With preparing to go back to work and transitioning DT to days without Mamma, there hasn't been a lot of blogging going on! But I have been squeezing in some sewing in the form of some drawstring bags to organize DT's toys.

It all started with this adorable Ann Kelle fox print. I bought it a while back with plans to make shorts for DT, but summer has come (and is almost gone) and they didn't really need more shorts. As much as I hated to use (up) any of my precious Mini Pearl Bracelet hoarde,  it was the perfect match for those green foxes.

For the lining, I decided to go with blue, but didn't have quite enough of any one Kona to get the job done. Then it occurred to me that I was making a bag to store toddler toys. They don't care if the lining is pieced or doesn't match PERFECTLY. In the name of using one's stash, I kept on truckin'!

 A little more Ann Kelle (Oval Remix) for the drawstring and that's that!
The best part about this bag is that it's big enough to store a bunch more Mega Bloks! It's the laundry size from Jeni Baker's fabulous Lined Drawstring Bag pattern.
For the second toy bag (to store their pompoms and accoutrements), I went back to the Ann Kelle stash. This time, alligators and more Oval Remix. Some chunks of Kona Papaya made up the lining. This one is the Project Bag size.
Once I got going, I just couldn't stop! Remember that C+S cat print that Ms. K liked on our South Shore getaway? Well, I grabbbed some C+S Netorious from the stash and got to sewing. A little Kona Emerald for the outside accent rounded out the pull.
Here it is all sewn up and ready to fill with some Back to School goodies. Ms K is so good to DT and I, I can't help but treat her once in a while.
If you'd like to make a bag or two of your own, you can pop over to In Color Order and check out the tutorial. I loved it so much I bought the pattern

I'm linking up today with TGIFF @ Quilt Matters as well as Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts (I'm so happy she's back from her social media holiday!)

J



18 comments:

  1. These are bright and happy and fun! Your kids are going to like picking up toys...or will enjoy dumping the blocks out! My boys loved to scatter ALL the blocks so they could pick out what they needed. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. I'm going to go check it out!

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  2. Love the colour combo on the last bag. Very nice. Good luck with back to school. And you teach gr4 right? My oldest is gr4 this year, so very exciting for everyone!

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  3. Useful and fun, a perfect mix :)

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  4. I love your fabric choices! Such cute bags!

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  5. I have a soft spot for Ann Kelle's fabric, too! These bags are as beautiful as they are practical. I'm sure the DT will get good use out of them. : )

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  6. Such perfect fabrics for the bag. Love Ann Kelle fabric. Great job! Good luck with the return to paid work world!

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  7. Homemade drawstring bags for toy bags? Delightful! Good luck with the transition!!

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  8. Great colour combos on both bags! I see great fun for everyone as the twins enjoy dumping everything out of such lovely bags :)

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  9. Oh, the cat one! 😍😍😍 Thinking of purchasing the pattern myself to make reusable Christmas "wrapping" for my girls.

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  10. As usual, I love them all! But the cat one, oh my goodness! I squealed and got a serious case of the heart eyes for that one. :)

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  11. What a fab set of bags. I laughed at your realization that toddlers might not mind if the bag lining was pieced. And nice to hear a review of the pattern as I have been considering it for some Christmas gifts. Thanks for the review.

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  12. Very beautiful! I have some of those foxes lurking in my stash too. Ah the coveted pearl bracelets....were those acquired on our Glamp trip? DT are going to be the most popular kids with those bags :) The kitty cats are super cute too!

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  13. Love the bags. Those prints are adorable. I bought the pattern as well but haven't tried the other sizes yet.

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  14. That is what I need to do with my cat prints!
    The green pearl bracelets is the perfect match for the foxes. You are right.
    It has been quiet here too. A couple of weeks in rural Australia without Internet access will do that. :)

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  15. What fun fabric prints! Great projects.

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  16. I'm back to teaching (as of Aug 17 in Cal. WTF??) after having done something different for the last 5 years. Life with all this homework plus having a family has brought my sewing to an almost complete stop. Looking to you for inspiration/hope!!!!!

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