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patchyemm
« on: October 20, 2009 09:46:08 PM »

Hello,

This is a bag I made for my stepmum to hold all her knitting.  The cat fabric was a present from a friend a couple of years ago - isn't it gorgeous?  The pink and the green are both poor quality cottons I had in my stash.  I used HeartofMary's messenger bag tutorial as the basis for constructing it but didn't bother with a flap, and the bag is quite large, about 16 by 15 inches.  The front, back, side pockets and inside pockets are all quilted.

The front...


The cat panel on the side is actually a pocket to hold her knitting needles - there's one each side.


The back...


Close-up of applique and quilting on back.


Zip section...


Inside of bag.  There's a pink quilted pocket each side of the inside and on one of the pockets I put little patch pockets made of the cat fabric.  She can keep row counters and her mobile in these.


I wanted to make the handle length adjustable, and would you believe, I found buttons with the same cats on!  How lucky was that?


Comments and criticism are much appreciated.
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MegRoseSews
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 10:25:47 PM »

Hard to decide what's more appealing the little cats on the handles, the quilt-y feel of it or the contrast between the purple and the yellow-based cat patches. I love it.

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 11:08:21 PM »

I am seriously impressed.

I've bookmarked "Heart of Mary's Messenger" and was wondering how it was to sew. It obviously turns out gorgeous, but was it difficult to put together?
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009 12:34:02 AM »

I've bookmarked "Heart of Mary's Messenger" and was wondering how it was to sew. It obviously turns out gorgeous, but was it difficult to put together?

No, I think her instructions are nice and clear, and once you've done that tutorial it's a breeze to use that method to make different sorts of bags.  Have fun with it!

And thanks very much for the lovely comments  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009 06:34:25 AM »

what a wonderful gift!  I am inspired to try this myself!!
And I love the matching buttons!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009 09:18:28 AM »

that cat fabric is rather awesome, but I love how you left it all square in the front but on the back the squares were all appliqued in different directions! it was very unexpected but the effect looks awesome
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009 10:44:06 AM »

Awesome!
I like the pockets on either side to hold knitting needles.
The whole thing looks great and very well put together.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009 03:27:59 PM »

Wonderful bag!  And, those buttons on the handle just clench it!
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009 04:20:11 PM »

Awwwwwwwwwwww how sweet you are to make your stepmum such a great gift - I love the kitties, and I love how you put such thought and care into making that bag - she's going to be thrilled!
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2009 02:41:05 AM »

very nice..I love the color combo........
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