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Editors' Favorite Bag Patterns

We asked the staff members of American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilts and More to choose a current bag pattern, make the bag, and share their thoughts about why they chose the pattern. See our version of each bag, then click on the next slide for information designer and pattern information.

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Designer: Terry Atkinson for Atkinson Designs

To order this pattern, visit Atkinson Designs.

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Flea Market Bag

Designer: Grand Revival Designs

Order this pattern here.

The Harmony Handbag


“I saw the bag at the International Quilt Market in Houston and knew I had to make it,” design director Nancy Wiles says. “I grew up sewing my own garments, and I love the challenge and results from nicely tailored, finely detailed sewing. This bag has great details—contrasting-color pleats and ties as well as a fun, feminine shape. There are lots of pockets including a little pocket to hold beverages inside.”

Fabrics: City Girl Collection by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex

 

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The Harmony Handbag


Designer: Studio Kat Designs

To order this pattern, visit Studio Kat Designs.

The Trixie Bag


Flirty, fun, girly-girly, and frivolous is how editor Jill Abeloe Mead describes the Trixie Bag. “It is a big hit with my pre-teen granddaughters,” Jill says. “The bag is big enough to tote all their necessities (hair care products, books, iPod, and cell phone), and would be easy to personalize by the fabrics selected. Both of the girls chose their own fabric. Madison’s bag (the one shown here) is made from Michael Miller Fabrics polka dots. Madi’s birthday came first (she’s now a teenager)—she got the first bag. Devree’s is also made of Michael Miller Fabrics polka dots, this time in blues, greens, and black-and-white.”

Fabrics: Michael Miller Fabrics

The Trixie Bag


Designer: Purse Strings

To order this pattern, visit Purse Strings Patterns.

Bailey #146


“I like a more structured bag,” editor Elizabeth Tisinger says, “and this design fits the bill. Before cutting pieces for the bag body, I chose to quilt around the shapes in the Lava Leaves fabric to give it more texture. What first drew me to the pattern was the ragged-edge, pieced flower appliqué, and I added a fussy-cut circle for a cute flower center. Another unique feature about the pattern is the handle construction: Fabric tabs are sewn kind of like belt loops to the top of the bag body, then the handles loop around those."

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Fabrics: Lava Leaves for Michael Miller Fabrics and a variety of tone-on-tones from Moda Fabrics

Bailey #146


Designer: All My Bags & Quilts Too!

To order this pattern, visit The Material Girls Quilts.

Bali Bag


“I’m a big fan of batiks, so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it,” assistant editor Jody Sanders says. “Clothesline covered with 2-1/2”-wide strips of batiks is the secret to this bag. After the clothesline has been covered, the bag is constructed. To get a jump-start, use pre-cut strips such as Bali Pops by Hoffman Fabrics or Jelly Rolls by Moda Fabrics.”

Fabrics: Bali Pops in Sherbet for Hoffman Fabrics

Bali Bag


Designer: Aunties Two

To order this pattern, visit Quilting By The Bay.

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“Since I don’t have a lot of experience sewing bags, I chose a pattern I knew I could tackle,” interactive editor Lisa Schumacher says. “For me, this pattern was a good opportunity for me to use large-scale prints, which I usually shy away from….But I think they worked. I love it!”

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Fabrics: Daisy Chain by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers

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Designer: Gail Abeloe for Brookshier Design Studio

To order this pattern, visit Tracey Brookshier.

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“I love how functional this bag is,” senior graphic designer Elizabeth Stumbo says. “I can fit everything I need in it and still have room for a few extra fat quarters! Plus, the big hand stitches and pleats keep it fun and unique. Instead of the stenciling the numbers on the pocket, I added a vintage shell button.”

Fabrics: Daisy Chain by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers

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Designer: Renée Plains of Liberty Star

To order this pattern, visit Liberty Star.

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Three fat quarters are all you need to make this 7x8-inch bag by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs. It’s just the right size for the quilter on the go.

Fabrics: Bijoux and Pop Garden collections by Heather Bailey for FreeSpirit

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Designer: Terry Atkinson for Atkinson Designs

To order this pattern, visit Atkinson Designs.

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