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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Notes for Jane

A couple of months ago, my good friend and (now) co-Cat Pack girl, Joanne Basile/basilefamily, posted a really cool market bag she'd made ala stamped tag in the SCS Dirty Dozen gallery. If you're a SCS member, you can view it here. Anywhoo, I contacted Joanne about it and she was sweet enough to send me a link to Quiltsmart where she'd bought the pattern. I promptly ordered the pattern and bought fabric to make a few of these "easy to sew" market bags, and then came the problem: I got totally stuck about midway through and put my half-sewn bag aside.

Fast forward to a few days ago, and with a little think-think-think time along with my daughter, Kendra's brain, I finally figured out what I'd done wrong! Now, I think these are the easiest bags to make, and I can't wait to make a few more, seriously! I made the bag for my best friend and cousin's belated birthday gift (belated because I couldn't figure the darn thing out!), and she absolutely loved it! Of course I had to stamp a name tag to go with it and matching notepad for her grocery list(s).

I used a few of my PaperTrey Ink sets: Fresh Alphabet, Text Style and Everday Button Bits. Instead of buttons for the cherries, I punched two circles using my 1/2" and 5/8" punches. Before punching the circles, I stamped the cardstock with Text Style, just for a little extra-sumpin'. I also used Text Style on the notepad cover. The notepad fits perfectly into the front pocket, and the tag is tied on using a long length of Ripe Avocado grosgrain, also from PTI.

I'm hoping to show you another one of these fun market bags in the near future, now that I'm so skilled with the directions and know-how, ha (laughing at myself)! Thanks for stopping by today Ü

11 comments:

Marie said...

Oh Amy, the bag is super cute!! Love that fabric and the matching tag and notepad are adorable! TFS

Tracy said...

Love it, Amy! And good for you that you figured it out, I am sure that would totally be me if I attempted it. Sewing is one of those things I wish I could do, sounds like this is a good starter project.

Lori Craig said...

This is darling - I might try these. Would be a super fun Christmas gift for the girlfriends. Question, once you order the pattern, can you make more than one. It says that the pattern is printed on the interface? Does it give you a paper pattern, too?

Maureen said...

What a fun project!! Love how you made the cherries instead of using buttons!! Very clever :)

Julia Aston said...

I love the colors on the bag, notes and tag Amy! I saw this on SCS when Joanne posted it and loved hers too! The PTI alphabet looks super on this with the brackets - I never think to use those!!! very nice project!

Katy Frame (Kate Creates) said...

So cute! I actually saw this on the PTI forum gallery and looked up your blog that way. :)

Aimes said...

I love this! The colours are so fresh and funky!
Well done on the sewing - I really dunno if I could ever make something like this! LOL!
TFS!
Aimes
x

Joanne B. said...

Your project came out amazing! I just love it!
I told you it was easy. Let me guess where you got stuck... the lining... turning it inside out. Ask me how I know. I bet we did the same exact thing.

LOVE THe coordinating tag and notepad!

Michele Boyer said...

How cute! I wonder if I could make one of those bags....(not sure-lol). I love the tag and little note pad! SUCH a great gift idea!

Natasha said...

Beautifully done! I love that tag! What a fabulous present!

Leigh OBrien said...

This is amazing...now you can pass along the pattern, sista! Just gorgeous!!!

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