Easy Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial


Today I am going to share a tutorial for a couple of versions of a quick and easy bag made from Fat Quarters as part of Elizabeth’s Christmas in July series – to help all of us get started on those handmade gifts early so we’re not sewing zombies on December 24th.

This tutorial is inspired by some purses I made for my daughter’s friends for Christmas a couple of years ago.  They were so quick and so cute and I’ve been meaning to write a tutorial for them ever since. I’m grateful to Elizabeth for this opportunity to finally get my rear in gear and share how I did it.  They were inspired during a Christmas when funds were a little tight and I needed to use resources already on hand (i.e. a giant fabric stash) to create Christmas gifts.

Each bag uses the equivalent of one Fat Quarter + 1/8th of a yard (or scraps) for the handle. (You could also use sturdy ribbon as handles.)  

Step 1: Cut your Fat Quarter (hereafter FQ) in half to create two 11″ (roughly-might be slightly narrower depending on the width of the FQ) x 18″ pieces. You can use the second piece as the lining of your bag or cut a coordinating piece the same size for a contrasting lining and save the second piece for a second bag.

For this bag we are going to make two short handles.  Cut two 4″ x 18″ pieces of fabric. These can come from a 1/8th yard piece of fabric, you could cut them from one of your FQ’s or you could find them in your scrap bin like I did.

Step 2 – Create the handles. Fold both handles in half lengthwise and press. Open up the handle and press both sides in, meeting at the half-way crease.  Press and fold in half. You should have a handle, 4-fabrics-thick about 1″ wide. Top stitch down both sides of the handle piece right at the edge to make it sturdy and to give it a nice finished edge.

Step 3- Pin both handles to the short sides of the lining piece of fabric. Measure in about 2.5″ from each corner and pin the handles to the the fabric.

Step 4- Place the outside fabric right sides together on top of the lining piece and handles. Pin short sides and sew 1/4″ seam allowance down both sides, over the edges of the handle straps, careful not to catch any other part of the handles in your seams.

 Step 5- Press seams open and bring seams together, matching them up at the center. The bag’s outside fabric and lining fabric should be folded on top of itself, right sides together. Now pin the long, open sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam along both sides, leaving a 3″ opening in the lining to turn the bag right-sides out.

 Step 6 – Pull the bag right sides out through the 3″ opening and top-stitch the opening closed. (This doesn’t have to look pretty because it will be inside the bag.)

Step 7- Tuck the lining inside the bag and press the bag carefully, paying extra attention to the seam around the top of the bag. Make it look nice and crisp. 

Step 8- Top-stitch around the top edge of the bag.  This will help secure the handles’ attachment and give the bag a finished look.  I did it twice. 

Step 9- Now to give the bag a nice boxy bottom, we are going to add something called a gusset.  Don’t stress, it’s much easier than it looks. Turn the bag inside-out and line up the side seams perpendicular to the bottom edge, creating two triangles at either end of the bag.

 Step 10- Measure down 1″ from the point and draw a line perpendicular to the side seam.

Step 11- Sew directly on the line, back stitching at both ends.  Repeat the same process with the bottom corner on the other side of the bag.  You could hand-tack down the gusset flaps if you’re picky, but don’t have to worry if you’re not as they will be hidden in the bag.

And there you have a quick finished bag!  Once you have made one, it’s very quick and easy to mass-produce a lot of them.

 Now here is a slight variation to create a bag with a longer strap and a little more of a ‘purse’ shape.

Repeat Steps 4-8 above to create the body of the bag, leaving out the handles.

To add a decorative ribbon or trim I measured down 2.5″ from the top and drew a line with an erasable fabric pen.

Line up the trim along the drawn line and pin in place.

Topstitch trim to the bag.

Repeat Steps 9-11 to add the gussets to the bottom of the of the bag.

For the handle of this purse, use a 4″ x 42″ piece of fabric.  Use the same method as above to create one long purse strap. (Fold in half and press, open up and fold edges toward center, press, fold in half again and topstitch both sides.)

Trim the strap to the desired finished length. I think I trimmed mine down to 38″ for a tween-y girls purse. Tuck bottom raw edges inside the purse strap. 

Pin the end of the strap about an inch down and directly next to one of the side seams on the outside of the bag.

Fold the side of the bag on the opposite side of the seam on top of the purse strap.  Seam should be on the inside edge of the strap with equal parts of the bag holding the strap end in place. 

Sew a square holding two sides of the bag with strap end in between in place. Repeat the same steps on the other side of the bag, with the other end of the strap.

When the bag is done, you can always add a cute embellishment of some kind to ‘bling-it-up’ if you want.

And that’s it!  Again, once you’ve made one, you can whip out a bunch more in no time.  They’re great gifts to have on hand for all those little-girl Christmas or birthday gifts. (Or you could make a ‘satchel‘ version for boys too!)

Be sure to visit the other guest-bloggers for Christmas in July to see the awesome ideas and tutorials they have for you!
Monday 7/16 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
Tuesday 7/17 – Sew Crafty Jess
Wednesday 7/18 – Pink Penguin
Thursday 7/19 – Freshly Pieced
Friday 7/20 – Sew Sweetness
Monday 7/23 – Happy Quilting
Tuesday 7/24 – Comfort Stitching
Wednesday 7/25 – Diary of a Quilter (here!)
Thursday 7/26 – Felicity Quilts

And finally, as part of this series, Elizabeth has arranged a fabulous giveaway for you of a $20 Gift Certificate from the online fabric retailer, Pink Chalk Studio! Lucky you! Pink Chalk has so many pretty choices.


To enter, leave a comment on this post. One entry per person.  If you want to, tell me something handmade you’d like to make this Christmas, but it’s not required.  Giveaway open until Saturday, July 28 at midnight MST.  Please be sure that I have a way to contact you if you win!


WINNER: Heidi StaplesJuly 25, 2012 11:54 AM

I’ve got a lot of things in mind to make for Christmas, but nothing definite yet. Darling tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sandi K.
    July 25, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! They look so cute, and I bet they will sew up in no time. What a great idea! Hmmm… I think I have some fat quarters in my stash calling my name 😉

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    Pippa Parsons
    July 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Im hoping to make a big long pillow with winterkist fabric for xmas

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    July 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I really enjoy making bags. Thanks for the great tutorial on a cute little bag! I think I'm going to be doing kitchen things for C gifts this year 🙂

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    Lisa Marie
    July 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I am working on lap quilts for Christmas gifts and yesterday made a bunch of potholders as little extras. Now that I've seen your bag tutorial I think I'll make some of those too! Thanks for sharing!

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    July 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Hi Amy. :o) What a cute idea!<br />I am making pincushions for some of my Christmas presents. :o)<br />I actually posted one yesterday (for my etsy shop).<br />Have a wonderful week. Trish xo

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    Dr. CH
    July 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Thank you for this tutorial! These bags seem like a good Christmas idea.

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    Jamie Lee
    July 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Great tutorial! Your stitching looks so perfect!

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    July 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Cute bags. I like that polka dot one you made and love the flowers you added to each one. Very cute. Thank you for the tutorial. <br /><br />I&#39;m hoping to get Christmas stocking done for a number of family members this year. There are a few other things on my list but we&#39;ll see how far I can get on my list of things I want to make as gifts.

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Love your bags! I may need to make a few of those! I plan to make some sets of placemats, too.

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    Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove]
    July 25, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I love the way you attached the strap to the purse version! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

    What a great bag! My daughter was just looking for something like ths. She caught the sewing bug this summer!

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    Sara Bracht
    July 25, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Love the little flowers on the purses!

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Great tutorial! Cute bags. As for Christmas gifts, I&#39;ve tried for several years to get enough Christmas fabric coasters made for friends, but never finished. Now I think I&#39;ll change to the slightly larger &quot;mug rugs&quot; I&#39;ve been seeing on blogs. Thanks!

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    Cheryl Gomez
    July 25, 2012 at 6:25 am

    what a cute little bag!

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

    very cute! I&#39;m hoping to do homemade vanilla for my SIL and mini quilts for the nieces and car rolls for the nephews…

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I&#39;m definitely making these bags for Christmas! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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    Katy Cameron
    July 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Both very cute bags, great idea!

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:45 am

    You can never have enough bags! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! I&#39;m making table toppers.

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Love this idea! I am definitely gonna make some of these for my girls!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I&#39;d love to make a Christmas quilt this year to bring out at Christmas and to decorate with. I have the fabric–just have to find the time to do something for ME instead of someone else!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:10 am

    What a great bag ~ the tutorial is well done and so easy ~ thanks so much for sharing!<br />I&#39;m going to be making a few things as gifts for Christmas. I always make a few bags and will be doing this one for sure!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I really appreciate the fabric — the dots are very cheery. I started making a couple of table runners for Chrismass gifts for family and friends.

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Fantastic bag… I love the simplicity of it! I cannot wait to use this for some friend gifts!

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    Carolyn S.
    July 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Cute and simple bags! Thanks for the tutorial. I am not sure what I want to sew for Christmas yet. I&#39;m in a charm swap, so I&#39;ll have a bunch of 5&quot; squares of Christmas fabric. Hopefully that&#39;ll inspire me.

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Love the bags. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

    What a wonderful tutorial! It fits with the old saying that &quot;Necessity is the mother of invention&quot;!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I would like to make my first quilt for my BFF for Christmas.

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Very cute bag! I have 6 little girls on my list I think they would be perfect for!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Love your bags.They`re just wonderful!!<br />I`m making a BOM called Reinder Games designed by Carol and Barb Here is my latest block:<br />http://moramargaritaster.blogspot.com.es/2012/07/garden-stepsreinders-gameguardatijeras.html<br /><br />Also I`d love make a tree skirt.Thanks for the chance!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

    What awesome bags. I would like to make some totes for Christmas.

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    Needled Mom
    July 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Those are so cute. Thanks for the tutorial. They would make a cute gift bag for a special present too.

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    Three Sisterz
    July 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Such a great tutorial! I&#39;m going to use it to make bags with my daughters!<br /><br />Thanks Amy!<br /><br /><br />Courtenay

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I love fat quarter bags, and this is one of the cutest I&#39;ve seen. The way you attached the longer strap is so clever! I will definitely be trying this out. Thanks for sharing!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for this!!! I&#39;ve been wanting to make a library tote for my kiddo but couldn&#39;t wrap my head around it! Thx!!! And thank you for the giveaway!

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    B Greene
    July 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I am planning to make some Loyalty card wallets and key fobs for Christmas gifts.

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    July 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for the tutorial; I&#39;d love to make a Christmas-y quilt; thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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    Sonia B
    July 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

    This is such an awesome tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to create it.

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    July 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for a great tutorial! <br />Last Christmas I made damson gin for the adults! and gift bags to put the bottles in!

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    July 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    This bag is adorable. thanks for sharing.

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    July 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Hooray! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. I&#39;d really like to make a dress for my daughter for Christmas this year, but I&#39;m not sure it will happen. We&#39;ll see.

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    A.J. Dub. (Amy)
    July 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Cute! I was going to make a little tote for a soon-to-be 3 year old&#39;s birthday gift and I really like your alternate handle style. Thanks!

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    Gisela Suski
    July 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I really really needed this tutorial, I make totes for WOCS World of Cross Stitching charities and they never come out the way I wanted. I made your tote this morning and it works great. I have to do 3 more.

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I&#39;m planning to make a couple ornaments this year (for my use, everything else turns into gifts).

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Thank you so much for this. I really needed this. I had no clue what i was going to give as gifts. I so want to learn to quilt like you but my problem is i need someone here to show me then I can take off on my own:( I love your blog and I am going to keep reading and learning. Thanks again..

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love your bag tutorial. Good pictures and easy to understand instructions. I can see my granddaughters making this one. Thank you.<br />I usually make pot holders, hot pads and pillowcases for Christmas presents. So I&#39;m always looking for new gift ideas.

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    What a great idea…who can&#39;t use a tote bag! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Great tutorial. Thanks! I&#39;ve been wanting to make myself a new carry-all bag for work, and this seems perfect.

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

    How adorable! I love tutorials – I learned two new things from yours – thanks!

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    Kimberly Cassie
    July 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I love the bag and your tutorial. I have only made one bag before and it was totally wonky…I think I could actually follow your directions and make a pretty good bag. You&#39;ve inspired me to put it on the to-do list. Thanks!

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Those bags are adorable. I know a lot of people who would love them, so I might make a few for Christmas. 🙂

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I&#39;m making a wall hanging for this Christmas but I also want to get started on some gifts.

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I will make pouches for gifts because they are small n quite simple to make:)<br />andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Jeanne W.
    July 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Great Tutorial! I love the flowers! Any suggestions on where to find a tutorial for them?

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I love your bag. So simple yet pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.<br />quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love the tutorial! Sounds fantastically easy!!! I pinned it so I can come back and make some later!

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

    HELLO! LOVE THIS LITTLE BAG!<br />THANKS SO!<br /><br />msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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    Laurie Parrack
    July 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Love the tutorial. I will have to make a few of these. I have a niece who loves purses and bags. I am going to be making dish towels and wash cloths sets for christmas this year. I will probably be making a few clothes for my nephew and niece too.

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Great little bag! I think I will try one for a birthday gift for one of my daughter&#39;s friends! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

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    July 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I&#39;ve made two of these bags from your tutorial last summer. My kids really liked them. For Christmas I would like to make some clothes for my kids or maybe a quilt. Haven&#39;t thought that far ahead yet.

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    July 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Great tutorial! I will have to whip a few of these up for my nieces 🙂 I&#39;m hoping to finish a quilt for my sister for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Emily C
    July 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I always make ornaments for christmas. Sometimes i crochet, sometimes i felt. Still deciding on this years medium.

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    Heidi Staples
    July 25, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I&#39;ve got a lot of things in mind to make for Christmas, but nothing definite yet. Darling tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Nice tutuorial! Thanks. I&#39;m hoping to make quilted table runners for the family for Christmas this year…I think? Thanks for the giveaway.

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    July 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I&#39;m hoping to make some bags and potholders and a table topper for gifts this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    LOVE your tutorial– those totes are so nice! I need to make a few=== they&#39;d make wonderful little gifts!! For Christmas this year, I hope to find time to make a potholder set for all the cooks in my family.. and I&#39;d love to make a stack-n-whack quilt for my Mom– as she so loves that pattern! Thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway!! Gift certificates are the

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    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This year I&#39;ll be making cosmetic bags for all my female friends and relatives.

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    July 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I love these bags! Thanks for the tutorial! I&#39;d love to make some for my 4 daughters for Christmas! Maybe I could use them as gift bags! Hmmmm!

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    Shawn Marie
    July 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Money is super tight for us this year so I&#39;d like to make everything handmade!!! Every year I do a little more and this year these bags are going on the list. Hooray!<br /><br />Shawn Marie<br />www.rickrackkitty.com

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    July 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Love these bags, might have to make some for Christmas. I don&#39;t have any plans right now, hopefully I&#39;ll find something fun before then.

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    July 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I would like to make my daughter a messenger bag for Christmas. She loves dragons so I would like to use my embroidery machine to place a dragon on the flap.

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    July 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial. I am lucky to have 3 daughters and 1 daughter in-law. They do love bags. This will make a wonderful gift bag full of goodies. Judith, Texas

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    July 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I&#39;m thinking about making some zippy pouches.

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    July 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! I made aprons last year but not sure what I will do this year.

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    July 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Love to win the gift certificate! (I am making girly things for my granddaughters for Christmas.)

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    July 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    What a beautifully simple bag – an absolutely fantastic gift! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway Amy (and Elizabeth)!

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    Marcia W.
    July 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial — like the boxy bottom instructions. For the first time ever, my brother told me that he liked the color of a fat quarter I had and wanted me to make something out of the fq for him. So, for Christmas thought could make a pillow that says &quot;Papa&quot; — to go in his chair.

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    Homemaker Honey
    July 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Darling bags!<br /><br />Deborah<br />homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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    July 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for the tutorials! I want to finish the two quilts I have, a mother and daughter quilt, for Christmas. They&#39;ve been hanging around my sewing room for a year now. Might just have to whip up a bag or two with the scraps to go with. Thanks again!

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    July 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    They are a wonderful idea for Christmas. I am hoping to finish a Christmas quilt I am making in a QAL. It should happen! Thanks.

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    July 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Love the bags. They are cute<br /><br />Bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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    Jenn M
    July 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Oh so on the list to make for Christmas!!

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    July 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I may make a few of those forChristmas. I have lots of fat quarters for sure.<br /><br />Vail in tn

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    July 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I can see those making great gift bags for Christmas.

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    July 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Those are adorable! I&#39;m working on cloth dolls for my nieces for Christmas and am still deciding what to make for everyone else.

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    Judith Blinkenberg
    July 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    My daughter in law has been after me to make some small bags for ballet shoes for a long time. My granddaughter has danced for 5 years and I have yet to make her a bag let alone the other girls that attend this dance studio. And what about other goodies for girls like doll brushes and doll clothes or whatever. You are so sweet to share this idea and I thank you more than you know!

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    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    July 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial!~ love this little bag! My DD would want one in every color. LOL

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    Jane S.
    July 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    What a nice tutorial! I&#39;ve always been a little intimidated by those &quot;box&quot; bottoms that people do on their bags, never understood exactly how to do it. You showed it very well though. I like the fact that this tutorial uses a fat quarter and you get a cute bag out of it! Thank you. 🙂

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    Carla G
    July 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    What a cute bag!! Thanks for the tutorial!! 🙂 I would love to make a quilt for a gift, but that might be stretching it… so I&#39;m aiming more for table runners and bags. Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    thank you for the easy-to-follow FQ bag tutorial. i&#39;ve been wanting to make one but too scare to try. now i&#39;ve read and looked closely at the pictures, i think i have the confidence to start my first bag. thanks again….<br />ivyworis(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    July 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Fantastic tutorial!!! The directions are so clear! I am making several quilts and some wall hangings for Christmas this year!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    The embellishments really make those bags! Very cute!

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    July 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This is a great idea – thanks for posting the tutorial. Right now I&#39;m working on my first Christmas tree skirt. If I like how it looks I&#39;ll be making one for my mom as a gift.

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    July 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Cute bags. Thanks for the instructions.

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    Jodi - usairdoll
    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    What a cute bag! Thanks for a great tutorial and this one is going on the to-do list for sure. I have a tablerunner and some zippered bags I want to make this year. <br /><br />Thank you and Pink Chalk Fabrics for a super giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Carmen Nuland
    July 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I just learned to knit socks and am hoping to make some for my friends this year

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Very cute bags 🙂

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for the cute bag tutorial! I don&#39;t know if I&#39;ll make them for gifts, but I think I might need one…<br /><br />For Christmas I want to cross stitch stockings for my sons. I know I won&#39;t have them finished in time for this Christmas, but I have started to work on them. Maybe next year?<br /><br />Thanks again!

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Great bag, Amy. Your tutorials are always the best. Love the dot fabric! Thanks for the chance to win

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    What a clever idea for a fat quarter. Thanks for the tutorial. I would like to make a quilt for our bed for Christmas. I have made them for both of my boys but every year, our bed goes undecorated..maybe this year is the year!

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I am currently working on a Christmas quilt, so I hope to have that finished by this year! 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    cute bag.. great bag idea. thanks

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    Terry@ iluvmybugs
    July 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    What a great tutorial…love the bags! I plan on making some table runners as gifts for Christmas. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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    July 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I haven&#39;t ventured into bag making yet but I do believe this post just convinced me to give it a try!

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    Christine M
    July 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Lovely bags. They would make nice gifts for Christmas.

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    July 26, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Beautiful BAG! Nice fabrics ;)<br />Georgia.

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    July 26, 2012 at 4:23 am

    These are so cute to grab and go! AND easy to make. Thanks for the tute!

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    There was finally time...
    July 26, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I would like to make table toppers as gifts. Now, whether I have time….<br />I am at chickenfolks@hotmail.com Thanks!

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    Rhonda D.
    July 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I am plannng on making some bags and fabric Christmas cards this year. Thanks for the chance to win!<br /><br />wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    July 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

    What a quick and easy gift! Thanks for the tutorial.<br /><br />And thanks for the giveaway and chance to win.<br />(supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

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    July 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I love these bags. I will be whipping up some of these for the holiday season! I also plan to make everyone on my list a christmas ornament.<br />samkaydesigns(at)gmail(dot)com

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

    LOVE the bags! This would make a great lunch bag for the girls! 🙂 I&#39;ll be making quilts for Christmas … 3 of them. (I&#39;ll be starting rather soon on these as well! ick!)

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Wow, look at all these comments! That is a great/quick/nice idea for a Christmas gift – it would make a great church bag to carry scriptures to church!!

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Hi, thanks for the fq bag tut. I made one last night, I plan to make the variation style today. I am new to sewing &amp; for Christmas I want to make at least one small quilt and some small accessories.<br />Teachme2sew(at)gmail(dot)com

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for the chance to win. I am hoping to make some cute Christmas outfits for my two grandkids for their Christmas card photos this year. It will be my first time sewing for a little boy.

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Even I think I can make that bag after following your tutorial. Thank you for the clear instructions and the fantastic give away from the wonderful Pink Chalk fabrics…just love their fabrics.

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    ╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮
    July 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I&#39;m planning on making an apron for my grown daughter. It&#39;s to go with a hand-written cookbook of all the favorite recipes she grew up with. She&#39;s been trying to cook on her own now, and struggling a bit, so this may help!

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    July 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    What cute bags! I will be making a bunch for gifts for sure! thanks for the giveaway.

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    Amys Crafty Shenanigans
    July 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Lovely bags – thanks for the instructions. I&#39;ve made a few thinsg so far but my next Christmas project is a quilt 🙂

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    Carrie P.
    July 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    great gift idea. I have made some bags for gifts too but I like how quick your idea is. thanks for sharing.<br />I am working on a table runner for my DIL for Christmas.

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    July 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Cute bags! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you…very cute bag and the pattern looks fun and simple to make!!

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    Laura Burns
    July 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    What a quick and adorable project. Thanks for sharing!

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    July 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    These bags would be great for a trip down to the market! 🙂

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    July 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    These bags would be great for a trip down to the market! 🙂

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    Mom C
    July 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I was in the middle of a comment when the power went out! But during that time I remembered that I have actually started a christmas present for my BF. I&#39;m making her a bunch of Renaissance hats for her grand kids. They love being knights and having wonderful hats with feathers a la 3 Musketeers. I hope I remember them long enough to get them done! Thanks. THe bags are great.

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    Kate Brown
    July 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I am really hoping to make a Christmas tree skirt this year. I love the bag, great tutorial!

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    Anda W
    July 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I would love to make a quilt for my brother made from my late father&#39;s shirts, another way to keep the memories fresh….awolk at rogers dot com

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    A girl can never have too many bags, and these are adorable! Every Christmas I tell myself that the price of gift bags is outrageous and I should really make my own. This pattern is perfect for me to do just that! So many possibilities. Can&#39;t wait to try out the tut! karla356 at yahoo dot com

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    July 27, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I would love to win this as I have a few quilts to make as Xtmas gifts this year!

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    July 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Nice tutorial and cute bag!

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    July 27, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I&#39;ve made a Christmas cushion cover, but now it&#39;s going as a thank you gift, so I still haven&#39;t made a Christmas gift! I&#39;m going to make a baby quilt and hang on to it until Christmas!

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    July 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I&#39;ve made a Christmas cushion cover, but now it&#39;s going as a thank you gift, so I still haven&#39;t made a Christmas gift! I&#39;m going to make a baby quilt and hang on to it until Christmas!

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    July 27, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Love these bags! Just two nights ago I was thinking about trying my hand at making some bags to put little gifts in for co- workers ,etc, and then found your blog! Perfect.

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    July 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    wow, you got a lot of posts here!<br />I hope you have the opportunity to read this one too. I just wanted to thank you for doing this tutorial. So many times I have wanted to put lining in a bag, but in many tutorials I get lost because they don&#39;t show step by step pictures. I now know how it works because of your generosity and patience. You are a blessing to all us visual learners out

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    July 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. The bags are so cute and look easy enough to try (I&#39;m a beginner)! I would like to make rag quilts for my niece and nephew for Christmas.

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    July 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Super cute and your tutorial makes them seem super simple. I love you fabric choices

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    July 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Lovely tutorial. I&#39;m not sure what I&#39;ll make for my in laws this Christmas…Maybe one of these bags for my mother in law?? Last year I made a patchwork, quilted Scottie dog cushion for my aunt in law who loves Scotties so I&#39;ll have to top that this year!

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    July 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I&#39;m working on a Christmas quilt now that will be finished by the holidays! What cute bags.

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    July 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Cute bags! Could see making those for my nieces this Xmas. I need to make the tree skirt that never made it to the cutting table last year before Xmas arrives this year:). Thanks fr a giveaway!

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    July 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I love these adorable bags. They&#39;d be so much more awesome than wrapping paper at Christmas!!

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    July 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    What a great giveaway for my birthday! wohoo! I&#39;d make something for ME finally.. that never happens

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    Karrie S
    July 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Awesome tutorial! I love what you made. They are perfect! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    July 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial — you make it look very quick and easy!

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    Maythe Dirkzwager
    July 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial, I would love to order me some lovely fat quarters to go make a bag or 2

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    July 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I love these bags! They&#39;re adorable. For Christmas, I have a ton of easy quilts waiting for me to finish and also, a couple of stuffed animal blankets (a plush toy split in half with a small blanket in between). Sounds terrible cutting up a stuffed animal, but they&#39;re just so cute! 🙂

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    Rachel Booth
    July 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Love the bags! Definitely going to be trying one! For Christmas, I&#39;m making stockings for my little family, and hoping to make a quilted table runner to layer over my tartan Christmas tablecloth!!! 🙂

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    Michelle Hudak
    July 29, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Cute bags….I&#39;m a fan of place mats for Christmas gifts. They&#39;re quick and easy and who can&#39;t use some pretty holiday place mats?<br /><br />shel704 at aol dot com

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    Jeanne Gwin
    July 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I am making quilts for Christmas gifts for the sons and wife&#39;s, the grandkids, and ME

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    August 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Hey there,<br /><br />Just absolutely love your blog. Your tutorials are really good. It is my first time making a quilt and I made one with your tutorial. I would like to try the tote bag but it seems quite small, if I want to make a slightly bigger version, would you happen to have the measurement ?<br /><br />Thank you and keep up the wonderful work. God Bless…

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    Forte Accessoriez
    August 7, 2012 at 12:34 am

    hi, i want giveaway fabric!! I loved to do Christmas tree fabric to hang on the wall.

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    September 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    This is so cute and looks quick and simple. It would also make a cute little bag for a toddler. Just big enough for a toy and a snack. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabric.

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    November 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the detailed post. I tried and it came out nicely. Have a wonderful day. Viji

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    Ana Sullivan
    November 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I found you from Brassy Apple link party. I loved the detailed description of this bag. I see that I could easy make this a bit bigger using my &quot;stash&quot;. I have pinned you onto my Pinterest- DIY Grocery Bags:<br /><br /> http://pinterest.com/thelostapron/diy-grocery-bags/

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    February 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Found your tutorial on pinterest. Tried this one tonight and I actually made a bag! I&#39;m so excited, lol. Not sure I&#39;m ready to crank em&#39; out but I feel confident that I can make more of these. Thanks so much for such an easy to follow tutorial.

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    Kaci Blue
    February 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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    February 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for this easy to understand tutorial! Just what I have been looking for! I found you at Pinterest!

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    March 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Had such fun making these! Posted a link on my blog to your tutorial!

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    Crafty Cupcake
    May 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you for your VERY visual tutorial! I cannot WAIT to make bags for the first time.

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    June 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I had bought the fabric knowing I wanted to make a few small totes to use as gift bags, but had no idea where to begin. I was able to make the two bags I needed this evening in less than 40 minutes. THANK YOU!

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    Felicia Price
    September 1, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I just made a tote tonight following your instructions. Thank you. It is a fantastic way to make these. Fast and easy.

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    October 25, 2013 at 2:23 am

    love your bag tutorial thanks for sharing!!

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    Gwen Walker
    December 6, 2013 at 4:57 am

    HI Amy, I love this bag pattern, I have made several of these with added special touches. I made one with special water proof lining for a little boy to carry his grapes in, ( his favorite food). Thank you so much for sharing. Fun, fast and easy. Happy Creating.<br />

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    Alyssa Krueger
    December 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial, here&#39;s how I tweaked your easy bag!!<br /><br />http://www.squidlegsfabrics.com/2013/12/even-more-tweaked-bag.html

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    February 26, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I had fun doing this tutorial! I made mine bigger, but used your general pattern. I got too excited about being nearly done, and messed up on the gussets. Still a great project, linked back to this tutorial in 2 placed within the post.<br />http://www.AThymetoStitch.Blogspot.com<br />

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    Claressa Hagy
    February 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    made one and it was very easy. my little girl loved hers.

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    Stacie Mounts
    November 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for the detailed step by step instructions. I just made my first bag and it is adorable. I&#39;ll be making more for my Operations Christmas Child shoeboxes. Blessings!

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    Judy Lewis
    June 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

    LOVE how easy this little tote bag is to make. I am making up a bunch for the Chemo Patients at our local Cancer Center with snacks, puzzle books, candy, etc. in them.

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    July 13, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Finally got a sewing machine and wanted a relatively easy project to use up a couplw of fat quarters I’d had for a year. Made two of these bags last night and they turned out great! Bless the lady at the sewing store who cut us some muslin to practice with….didn’t have to measure and cut the handles. Just ripped it right down! Of course there are a couple crooked places but I feel like a couple more and my technique will be much better. I was so excited I made something I went running around the living room with them:) What I love about sewing is that it doesn’t matter if this is from 3 years ago. You can use a tutorial or pattern from 10 years ago and it doesn’t matter! It’s not like it can get outdated or obsolete. Thanks for making my first big sewing project a success!

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      Amy Smart
      July 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Good for you! I’m so glad. Don’t you love that feeling of finishing! 🙂

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    January 29, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    A great tutorial, I have just finished making a bag to use for taking lunch to work. Its very cute. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    November 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Thank you for the detailed instructions and taking the time to write this tutorial. Making a bag right now.

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    Beth Bird
    January 3, 2017 at 10:29 am

    This is so cute. I made two last night. I am planning this to be my daughter’s sewing project.

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    November 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for all the details and pictures. I was able to follow exactly even with the help of my 7 year old who wants to learn to sew.

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    December 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Thank you for an easy to follow and adorable tutorial…from a beginner sewer, my daughter LOVED it!!!!

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    Linda Gilpin
    January 2, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I have made hundreds of these. One change I made was to leave and opening for turning in one of the ends between the handles instead of in the lining. Since I like to topstitch the top anyway this takes care of closing the opening and saves a step and looks neater.

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      January 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Great suggestion!! I’m going to try it that way myself. Thanks!

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      April 11, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Awesome idea! I am going to try that for the next one I make.

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    January 6, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Great bag- as a beginner it was a good project. I only wished that after I cut my material that it was so small. I will use the pattern again to make a bigger bag! ^_^

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    February 8, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Love this tutorial!!

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    April 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I loved this tutorial. I made the purse version today, but I am going to make the tote bag version Friday. I did up the size a little bit, and when I make the tote, I’m going to make it even bigger. Wish I could share a picture of the adorable bag I made using your instructions. Thank you!

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    May 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    These are so very cute!!

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    Amy O.
    December 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I just want to thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I love the bag and the second variation. I’m making three for my great nieces and will tuck a book inside the bag. It’s so generous of you to share your time and instruction!

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    Barb Clough
    January 22, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Love this!! Your instructions are great and also really like Amy O’s suggestion to put a book inside as a gift idea!!

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    Gail Fancher
    March 27, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Can you comment on the difference in the FQ bags if you use interfacing? What are the advantages? and disadvantages?

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      March 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Interfacing would give it more weight and stability for sure. Just a personal preference on how structured you want your bag and how much time you want to take. THere is no right answer.

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