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Last year I had the need for a cross body bag for a major quilt shopping weekend and was leaving the next day! I quickly created this pattern on the fly! I had received so many compliments and requests to make them for family, friends and customers that I decided it was time to turn it into a pattern so others could enjoy making it! No two cross body bags will be the same, ever! Especially if you choose to use various widths of multiple fabrics to create the palette you will then quilt and from which all pieces are cut. These are wonderful for shopping as it leaves your hands free. Great for college students who want something small but large enough to hold cell phones, wallets, keys, and other small items. They make wonderful gifts! The cosmetic bag is boxed bottom and free standing and can be made whatever size you need. Very quick to make and again, each one unique! As I hate to throw away fabric, the scraps left over after making the bags, are then stitched together, cut to size and binding applied to make wonderful mug mats or coasters! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Know how to add binding to a quilt edge. Some familiarity with free motion quilting. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Cross Body Bag measures 9 1/2" wide from seam to seam; 10" tall from top edge of purse to center bottom seam; box bottom depth of 2". Cosmetic bag size is optional, depending on how much fabric is available after cutting out cross body bag. But it should be 10" wide, height is optional. Mug Mats/Coasters are made from joining scraps of remaining fabrics after the cross body bag and cosmetic bags are made. You can choose to make one or more large mug mats or 3-4 smaller coasters.

Supplies Needed

  • FABRIC: 3/4 yd of assembled strips by width of fabric
  • FABRIC: 3/4 yd of single print if not sewing strips together to create the necessary 3/4 yard.
  • FABRIC: 1 yd of backing fabric.

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When I was 12 and my oldest sister 16, she had the unbelievable patience to teach me how to lay out a pattern. She explained all the symbols, terms, sewing order etc. Had it not been for her inspiring me at that age to sew, I would never have enjoyed over 40 years of sewing as I have! Throughout the years, I have sewn about every craft possible, made my children clothes until they reached the peer pressure middle school years, untold household projects. I've even created patterns for accessories that I sold through various means online and at shows. If it has to do with sewing, I'm interested! now, enjoying full immersion into quilting! My latest love is quilting! I recently upgraded from a Sweet Sixteen mid arm quilting machine to a Gammill Charm Quilter and will enjoy practicing and learning the joys of free motion quilting. The possibilities are now truly endless! In between making gift quilts for family and friends and special orders for customers, I make unique and fun quilts for Project Linus. Project Linus is a national program for people to make quilts and blankets for very sick children in hospitals. Since I began quilting in May 2012, I have donated 12 quilts as of December 2012. I will continue to donate to this very worthy and wonderful cause as long as I can sew! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well, it's one year ago I began quilting, and I am more in love with this form of creativity than ever! I was talked into entering a quilt to be judged at the Annual North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Fayetteville NC and actually took 2nd place in my category! Needless to say I was shocked and pleased! Well, the pressure is on now to create and compete again and see if I can continue to improve! Update November 2013: My sewing endeavors have taken on yet another turn! My dear Mom passionately served on the board of her local Meals On Wheels for the last 15 years of her life. She not only did that, but did multiple fundraisers, delivered meals, everything she did she loved being involved with Meals On Wheels. So in honor of her memory and the fantastic job Meals On Wheels does every day with a predominately volunteer staff, I decided to make gifts for all the volunteers at that location (30 currently) and to make quilted placemats for all the current meal recipients, which I am told is 105. My desire is to recognize this very worthwhile operation and I'm happy to be able to do that! In addition to that, I've gotten back to the creative side of me as well and am designing a series of patterns I'm making available here on Craftsy as well as selling in quilt stores. I was inspired by the owner and staff of my favorite quilt shop to do so and am enjoying the process of creating and teaching classes once again! Not to mention it helps fund my charitable works of producing quilts and such for Project Linus, Veterans and Meals on Wheels! Life is good.