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.
"I like the simple design to carry the water bottle, notebook, and books I take with me when I travel or go to appointments," administrative assistant Mary Irish says. "With the large open area it shows off the beautiful fabric."
Fabrics: Evelyn collection by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics
"I saw the bag at the International Quilt Market in Houston and knew I had to make it," design director Nancy Wilessays. "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
"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."