Friday, April 29, 2011

New Purse

I've been looking for a new purse. I'm not finding any that I really like. Not to mention the price of purses these days. Hola!

I've decided to make me a couple quilted cute and snazzy totes/bags/purses.

I'm looking for a new pattern.

A couple years ago, I went nuts with the Bow Tucks Bag.

Bow Tuck Bag
I love the size and pockets of that bag, but want something new.

So.... I'm asking all my Simply Awesome quilters and sewers; "What's your favorite tote/bag/purse pattern?"

After looking around I think it would be safe to say I'm looking for a Medium size. And handles long enough to carry on my shoulder. And something with a little stability.

Another Bow Tucks Bag without the ties

Although can I just whine a little?

I wish pattern designers would put photos on their patterns of the bag on a shoulder, and photos of the inside too. When shopping on-line, it's really hard to get an idea of size and such, when the only photo is of the bag hanging on a doorknob. I found one pattern today thinking the photo on the pattern was the large bag referred to on the pattern. But after a little google search, I discovered the bag pictured was the "small" bag. Yikes!

Anyway, that's just my two cents.

And I really would like to know what your favorite tote/bag/purse pattern is!

35 comments:

Bree said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who prefers pictures of bags actually being held by people! It's so hard to tell the size, even when dimensions are given, and it's nice to see where it hangs when carried on the shoulder.

Personally, I like pretty much all of the Keyka Lou Patterns, but unfortunately she doesn't do pictures of the bags on a person. I have almost all her bag patterns though & have pictures of what I've made with me holding them on my blog.

Bree said...

Oh, and for a good medium-size bag, I love the Mable bag from Jenna Lou.

http://www.jennalou.com/sewing-patterns.html

(and the words "Keyka Lou Patterns" in my comment above are a link to her patterns, but the formatting makes it hard to tell it's a link!)

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Wish I could help, but bags are the bane of my existence. I just want a money clip!

But, I know that Sew Sweetness (http://www.sewsweetness.com/) makes a lot of bags and usually reviews the bag and the pattern on her blog. Good luck finding the perfect purse!

matate10 said...

I have a fave that I'm carrying now called Gadget Girl by whistlepig Creek. Here is the one I made: http://matate10quilter.blogspot.com/search/label/Gadget%20girl

Anonymous said...

Two of my favorite totes/bags that I like to make are:
1.Frenchy Bags by Amy Butler -
I make the handbag size but there is also a larger size called the shoulder bag.
2.ShelbMine Drawstring Bag by Carlene Westberg Designs #cjw-007.
The patterns uses a charm pack and has inside pockets. It has shoulder straps and the finished size is 14" wide by 11" high.
Diane R Stevens
diane.stevens@comcast.net

Margery said...

I love any of the bags by Lisa Lam at u-handbag.typepad.com - see http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/buy-pdf-download-sewing-patterns-by-uhandbag-.html . Her patterns are so easy to follow, and the bags are great!

Rachel said...

I love the Mail Sack pattern from Pink Chalk Fabrics. It comes in two sizes and I've made both. The smaller one is a good purse-sized bag and the larger one makes a great shopping/book bag. The only drawback is that there is no top closure to either pattern.

The photo on the front of the pattern does show the large bag being carried so you get an idea of the size/proportion.

Here's a link to the pattern:

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3

MN2NM said...

I have the same opinion ('gripe' or 'complaint' seem too strong) about bag patterns and photos! Lately I've been making 241 totes (www.noodle-head.com) and Cabrio totes from Sew Spoiled. The 241 might be a bit small for your preferences, but take a look. I like the size of the Cabrio, but the top is a bit narrow and the straps are meant to be convertible, so that's a little different. I still really like the pattern, though.

Chris said...

I have read great reviews of Anna's new 241 pattern at Noodlehead. Suzanne at Just Another Hang Up has made several and loves them.
Suzanne's 241 bag
I haven't made one for myself...but if I needed another bag I would. :)

manybooks said...

I know what you mean about spending that kind of money on a bag. I, too went through a Bow Tucks phase LOL and I still use one for work daily. I also fiddled with that pattern for a taller tote and also a smaller version. The purse I'm currently using is by a local pattern designer
http://www.totesbysandy.com It's an Amy Lou with my own version (similar to the Bow Tucks) of pockets inside. I also bought the Flip Flap bag pattern and want to try that for something smaller. I love your blog! I hope to see what you make for your next bag!

Eliza said...

I carry (and love) an Amy Butler Birdie Sling, with modified pockets, an added clip for my keys, and a magnetic snap closure at the top.

Kelly O. said...

I like the patterns by Heather Mulder Peterson for this exact reason....she and her family model the bags--I specifically like the bags that use grommets...I can't remember what she calls them but they're on my list. Although her patterns are not free, everything that heather comes out with is quality.

ytsmom said...

I want to know if the bags have some kind of gusset, or are just flat. I prefer the gusset so there is more room in the purse.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for asking this question! I'm excited to see everyone's suggestions.

One thing I always do when I see a pattern I'm interested in, is to do a search on Flickr. I usually find at least one photo posted.

I'm going to make the "Suit Yourself Shoulder Bag and Tote ~ Studio Cherie PDF Sewing Pattern" next:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/67318092/pdf-sewing-pattern-tote-and-shoulder-bag

and

http://www.flickr.com/photos/studiocherie/sets/72157607893079303/

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Good morning form Taupo NZ

I love Lazy Girl Designs
http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/bags.php
Her patterns are so well laid out and easy to make. Tip I cut everything out and then tackle all the pocket, handle construction before starting on the body of the bag. I've always had great success with her patterns.
Cheers

Linda

RaeLyn said...

I made a Diana Hobo Bag awhile back. (http://thinkliz.com/2009/02/20/diana-hobo-free-pattern/) The pattern in gloriously free. It doesn't have a lot in the way of pockets, etc, but with a little creativity, you could tailor-make it just how you like it. The handles are just the right length and I think the bag is just the right size :). I get comments about it wherever I go. The main change I would make to the pattern next time is to put the canvas in with the handles too, to give them a bit more stability. Good luck!

Jan in Gilbert, AZ said...

I agree competely with RazzleDazzle. Lazy Girl Designs are the best for purses. Her pictures are excellent and I have made many of her purses. I urge everyone to look up www.lazygirldesigns.com. I don't think anyone would go back to any other site once they have made of of their bags from Lazy Girl Designs!!

Melissa said...

I LOVE this bag- the Black Forest Bag. (http://blog.fabshophop.com/blog/?p=1815) It is the most functional purse I've ever had. It's easy to sew, the pockets are a great size- I love everything about it. I did add a few inches to the handle, as I'm usually carrying a kid or an armload of my kids' stuff, so reaching my shoulder comfortable is absolutely essential!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

For a shoulder strap bag, I love this one: http://maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com/2011/04/time-for-new-spring-bag.html

Des said...

i love ALL of amy butler's patterns. sometimes they are a little tricky and take some thinking. but i'm a thinker. not. but i pretend.

Gale, Ky quilter said...

I have 2 favorite bag patterns: Indygo Junction Pocket Perfect and Indygo Junction Side Pocket bags. They sew up easily and you can add as much stabilizer as you want so it stands on its own. Plenty of pockets and you decide the length of your straps. I even add flower embellishments on the front. Love these patterns and full size pattern pieces are included. Wish I could send you some pictures.
Happy Stitching!
gale

Peggy said...

I have made the "This & That Amanda's Purse" and I am going to make the "This & That Scrappy Sack" They are both medium size. I was fortunate enough to see them in the quilt stores already made up so that made me buy the pattern and make one for me. If the handles aren't long enough to go over my shoulder I just adjust them to suit, and make sure I buy a little more fabric then what is called for.

Brigitte Heitland said...

I like a medium size too with room for books or some groceries, my portemonnaie and of course a small pocket for my handy or my keys so they are easy to find. And the purse should also be chic enough to wear it when I go to the city as well as when I want just drop into the next library. So I developed a pattern easy to sew which will be available for sale and I use my bag nearly everyday.
Want a look? http://www.wix.com/bheitland/zenchic#!order-online/stackercoverflowalbum0=8

Becky said...

I second the Keyka Lou bags.

I have made up a few for myself and others and plan to make some more. I've even crafted a few (Very crude) patterns. Happy to share 'em if you like so I'll send you pics later.

corners of my life said...

Did you find the pattern for your Bow Tucks Bag online or did you buy it? It is very cute.

Here is my market bag tutorial. I have made many of them.
http://home.roadrunner.com/~hastingsfamily/marketbag/marketbag.html

patsy said...

http://vandco.bigcartel.com/product/the-abby-tote

This is my favorite bag pattern right now... even though I bought the pattern & downloaded it (it's a pdf, love that) I haven't had a chance to make it. Isn't it cute though!?

The pattern looks really good & is very detailed. Good luck - I can't wait to see what you make!!!!

Deborah C. said...

I've made several versions of the "Lickety Split Bag" by made-by-rae.com. I too like some stability, so although her version is not interfaced and is designed to be reversible, I interface mine, gusset the bottom so it has more of a base for standing, and add extra pockets inside. It's a great size and easy to modify. And lots of pics of it on Flickr so you can see how it will look.

Tevin said...

My favorite bag right now is by Fourteen May (Melissa Mortenson) called March bag. It is a perfect size and it has a snap closer. Check it out!

eamylove said...

I bet you'd love the patterns by Sweet Pea Totes on Etsy. She has beautiful finished bags, too. I have some patterns - well executed, easy to use, great photos.
I still love the Bow Tucks, too. Love the instructions and fusible fleece!

Jennifer said...

Has anyone tried this one? Nicole Bag:

http://www.izzyandivydesigns.com/?p=41

I like a zipper to keep my wallet safe.

Sue said...

Check out May 5th Stash Manicure Sew we Quilt blog today. Great bags!

colourdujour said...

http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/08/margarets-birthday-bag.html

here's a link to my new favorite bag. Oh Fransson used to have a free pattern for this bag, but not I cant find it. Maybe she will send it to you if you like?

Katie said...

Carol's Convertible Purse! It switches instantly from a shoulder bag to a backpack and back again. I love it! :-)

Laurie said...

Check out Me and My Sister Designs. Their Pinafore Bag is really cute. I have made a few of them. the dimensions are 18X25.

Farah Muzaffar said...

Your new follower .... What a lovely projects you have... so many and so beautiful over all love both the totes... they are absolutly perfect ...
Visit me whenever you can
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love
Farah

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