Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, ...
Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art.
Kay blogs about her craft at http://www.stitchingtimes.blogspot.com. She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."
I once commented to a friend that I liked her big patchwork bag. She agreed that it was pretty but said it was too big. That set me to thinking about a design that was big enough to hold all the true essentials (wallet, phone, keys, pens, lipstick and comb, etc.), but was still lightweight and easy to throw over your shoulder. This bag is the result, with a nod to the patchwork I admired initially.
Made completely of fat quarters, you can incorporate several coordinating fabric designs, and it makes a great stash buster too. Beads on the shoulder straps add even more interest.
If you just like the basic shape, I've also included a variation that is much simpler, and just uses two fabrics - one for the outer and another for the lining. Look for it at the end of the pattern along with other suggested ways to vary the bag.