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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Project Bags

Now I’ve got my two long standing UFOs out of the way (Horse Quilt and Animal ABC Quilt) I decided to make some project bags.  Why, you may ask, haven’t I got plenty of UFOs to be getting on with?  Because……… I really dislike having my projects in ugly plastic bags and wanted something nicer.  As much as I admire those quilters who can whip up a project bag using clear vinyl and zips, this design was much too involved and wasn’t for me.  My inspiration came from the little drawstring bag we use to keep our kitten Gemma’s toys in.  Simple and easy.  (Ooops, don’t know why I can’t rotate the picture.)

Gemma’s toy bag

I purchased some white net, then had a rummage through my stash for some pieces of fabric to use for the bags.  Then I went to visit local manufacturers Cordall for some cord, purchasing pink, blue and white.  They make all sorts of cord, tape and elastic in their factory and sell to the public at very competitive prices.

A visit to Cordall’s factory shop for some cord

Then several afternoons cutting, pinning and stitching and the bags were done.  I will keep my hand stitching in one, or maybe two, and they others will be handy for keeping the bits of various projects safely corralled, and I'll be able to see what I have in each.



Previously I had made some 1930s 4 patches out of charm squares I had which were hanging about, so they got stitched together to use on one bag.  Then used up other pieces from my stash, which is always a good thing, isn’t it? 

Now the bags are done, my next job will be to write a new “List of Six” UFOs and start rolling the dice again for 2019.  Wonder what projects I’ll find to put on my list?

14 comments:

Tired Teacher said...

Aren't you clever! The bags are wonderful and perfect for keeping all sorts of projects at hand.

Sheryl said...

Hi Jenny what sweet pretty bags ,you have made lots ,they will be fantastic for carrying all sorts of things,well done my friend xx

Judith Emery said...

Love the bag idea, very pretty and practical. Looking forward to the next throw of the dice to see what comes up next.
Judith nb Serena

Kate said...

Clever idea Jenny!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

those are nice bags! looks like you have a lot of projects going on!

Karen S said...

These are a lovely idea. They keep your project neat and tidy but at the same time you can see clearly what is in them.
And the gorgeous fabric in each one is a bonus.

MrsC (Maryanne) said...

Cool! Bags like these would be awesome for buying fruit and veges too! Possibly smaller?

Michelle Ridgway said...

They are lovely Jenny and such a great idea. Thankfully I was gifted a couple of great see thru pouches and I love them....as you say you can see your project at a glance to pick up and go x

Helen Cole said...

I made some net bags out of curtain netting for my fruit & vegetables. All different sizes. Yours look lovely. Mine are plain!

Janice said...

What a great idea. I bet it doesn't take long to fill them with projects. I too wonder what your next group of six projects will be. I hope there are some relatively quick ones in there for you.

Maria said...

What a great idea for your projects and much much easier then vinyl zips to play with.

Jayne said...

Those are so cute and useful to boot! Vinyl isn't easy to work with. This is a good option if vinyl isn't your thing! Have fun filling them!

Raewyn said...

Your bags are a simple and effective idea Jenny - good thinking with the net. I need to find/make something to put a small collection of baby toys in - mybe one of these bags would be ideal. It sounds like Cordalls is a really handy place to have nearby. Well done on making your way through your list of 6 :-)

SoozieSuzy said...

What a great idea adding the cotton fabric to the top and bottom of net project bags. And your local knowledge is wonderful. I did not know about Cordalls in Levin, and that reminded me of another post of yours about the cheese shop in Eltham that I did not know existed. I plan to call in on our way north to WOMAD today. Thanks Jenny!