March 18, 2014

Another Frog Bag





Who knew when my sister picked the frog fabric for her lunch bag that it would be so popular.  Before I went on vacation, I got an email from a customer who had seen another "frog bag" that I had made for a customer who collects frog things and thought it would be a great birthday gift for her mother who also collects frog things.  Who knew so many people loved frogs??

She wanted a cross body bag that was not too large.  I chose a medium Messenger Bag from michellepatterns.com.  I had purchased the Messenger Bag pattern from her and had made several of these larger messengers.  I was looking for a smaller sized bag and found that she also sells just the pattern pieces for 2 additional sizes (medium and small).  Since I already had the original pattern, I bought the additional pattern pieces for these  2 sizes.  I love the medium and small sized bags much better than the original.  The shape is an elongated rectangle that is a little wider at the bottom than at the top rather than a square like the original pattern.  This bag goes together easily and looks great.  I changed the closure to accomodate hardware that I had and I usually use this combination....





Since this bag was going to an older woman, I thought a twist lock might be easier to open, so I changed the closure to a twist lock this time...




But back to the beginning.  Here is the fabric and lining that I used...




This fabric does take some fussy cutting. The front of the bag has a couple of seams.  Here is the completed bag.  The strap is adjustable.




The back of the bag..




and the lining...

9 comments:

  1. It's so funny--there really is something about that frog fabric! Maybe it's their expressions...I'm not really a frog person myself, but I think the bag is really cute! Neat that people really like it and are requesting more! :)

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    1. Someone told me that they thought it would be popular with yoga lovers but not one of the bags I have done has gone to a yoga person!

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  2. I didn't know that people liked frogs. Although that frog fabric is cute. The small messenger bag is more of my test. Looks very nice. I have the regular pattern but not the other sizes.

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    1. I have been asked to find fabric with a variety of different themes. I think it is because they can't find anything like that commercially made. Here are the published dimensions for the three sizes:
      Messenger Bag 11"wide x 10" high x 3" deep
      Medium (Size 2) 8.5" high x 8.25 at widest point x 2" deep
      Small (Size 3) 7" high x 6.75" at widest point x 1.75" deep

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  3. I saw someone in my quilt group that had that frog yoga fabric. It's cute whether you are into frogs or yoga. Marilyn I love your bag. I have made bags for my daughter and most she hasn't used. She likes small messenger style bags, so I will email her the photo of this bag and see if that's what she likes. I like the twist lock closure better too.

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  4. Thanks, Daryl. The small bag is perfect for the essentials. The medium holds considerably more. There is an outside pocket under the flap that is perfect for a phone and an identical one in the lining.

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  5. Gorgeous bags and the frog fabric is very unusual but cute. Great fussy cutting and both beautifully made.

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