Scrappy Book Bag

I needed a bit of light relief.

There are 4 more blocks to stitch before I complete the top for my scrappy Hopscotch quilt for Days for Girls. I needed to stop and have a breather, and also to find a use for two blocks which didn’t quite fit into the lineup. They’re too strong, and without enough contrast between dark and light to fit with the other blocks.

It was obvious. These are 15 inch blocks, and large. I’d make a bag; one on the front and one on the back. I hauled out some leftover fabric: mattress ticking for the handles and gussets, and some old kitchen curtain fabric I had left over after recycling most of it to make a quilt duffel, which would be the lining. It’s a simple structure: front, back, side and bottom gussets, handles and lining. Make up the outer, baste on the handles. Make the lining and stitch them together at the top edge, right side to right side, leaving a 3 inch gap in the seam to turn the bag  through. Topstitch the top edge to neaten it and close the opening. Done.

It looks nice, doesn’t it?  I wouldn’t mind keeping it, except that I’m committed to making prizes for Days for Girls for their next annual raffle and cent sale.

Well, I’ll buy some tickets when the time comes. Maybe I’ll win it back!

47 thoughts on “Scrappy Book Bag

  1. Susan Nixon says:

    It’s a great looking bag and a wonderful donation.

  2. Beautiful 🤩 and let me know when the raffle is so I can also buy and hope to win that bag … 💝

  3. Debbierose says:

    A brilliant use for your orphan Hop Scotch blocks

  4. A great contribution made for a fantastic cause.

  5. anne54 says:

    You can never have too many tote bags, so I hope you win this beauty back….or make yourself another one. 😊

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll probably make myself something, now that I’ve seen how easy it is! I have an idea for something with a pocket so I can stick in some keys and my phone and library card!

  6. It’s a really bright and fun bag.

  7. It’s a lovely use of your second chance quilt squares, Kate. I love that it will also be a prize. You have a generous heart.

  8. Oh my goodness. Oh my. Oh.
    Will they sell tickets to me over here in South Africa?

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I love it! I have a whole load of simple bags like that so that I never need a plastic carrier bag at the supermarket.

  10. tialys says:

    A great use for spare blocks and I love the ticking. There will be a lucky winnet.

  11. Bear says:

    Very nice! Great use of scrappies. I used some scrap to do lining for my dress. Same fabric, just the ends pieced together… won’t be seen, but needed all the same.

  12. That is a glorious bag. Whoever wins it will be a very lucky person.

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    Or you could make another and keep this glorious bag.

  14. I LOVE the bag. Someone will be so happy to win it. You have such a good heart, like my friend Alys who is always doing for others. I’ve made a few bags over the years and have collected many. Mostly from book stores which are extra sturdy. I haven’t needed a plastic grocery bag in 30 years. Why not use something so creative rather than plain and disposable.

  15. Emmely says:

    That will be a great happy prize for someone!

  16. magpiesue says:

    What a great bag! The ticking was a brilliant choice for the gussets and handle; sets off the patchwork wonderfully well. I’d be buying tickets to win it if I weren’t ridiculously far away.

    • katechiconi says:

      Plus the ticking adds a bit of sturdiness. There’s a set of placemats and two more bags in the pipeline, but first I have some other sewing jobs to do. Not interesting, but necessary!

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  18. rutigt says:

    A girl can´t have too many bag and this is a perfect way to use up scraps!

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