Teacher Bag

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I’m super excited that I finished a project this weekend. About a month ago, my sister saw my Aeroplane Bag by Sew Sweetness and wanted to know where I got it, because she wanted a similar bag for school.  When I told her that I’d made it, she asked if I would make her one, too. So for her birthday this year, she got her very own “Teacher Bag” version of the Aeroplane Bag.

Teacher Bag

She wanted a red and white chevron print fabric, since her school colors are red and white. To work with an accent color for the bottom of the bag I pulled a red, white, and gray chevron from Robert Kaufman fabrics.  The straps and base of the bag are made from gray tablecloth vinyl, which seems to hold up well and is easy to clean.

teacher bag interior

The interior of the bag is a navy print called “Birds in Flight” from Michael Miller fabrics, and features both a zippered pocket and slide pockets.zip pocket

This was my second attempt at this bag, and I’m much happier with the results this time around. But then, projects always turn out better the second time around. But the best part is that my sister likes the bag.  I hope that she gets lots of use out of it.

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  1. anna in spain on July 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Very good work! Looks professional, of course! I love the colours and prints.

    You might be pleased to know that I have finally gotten over my fear of the rotary cutter, and squared up the blocks for my friend’s baby quilt. What a difference it has made! If I can just make sure my friends don’t mess with it–one fellow kept wanting to test the edge with his thumb. I should have let him learn from experience but I didn’t want to clean up the mess. 😉 He’s a college professor and 40 years old–but some kids never grow up! I finally had to put it out of his reach.

    Question: For a “crazy” quilt, can I mix curtain/upholstery fabric with cotton scraps? Someone told me they all have to be the same weight but said someone has never made a crazy quilt.

    • Andrea on July 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I mix fabrics all the time. The only potential issue is whether or not they will shrink the same after washing, but honestly, I’ve never had a problem with using all sorts of fabric mixed together. As a matter of fact, the first crazy quilt I made was full of scraps of everything from quilting cotton, to upholstery samples, the vintage polyester, brocade, and silk. I’ve had no problems with how the quilt is holding up. As a matter of fact, I recommend it. The mixed fabrics add a lot of texture to the quilt.

      • anna in spain on July 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        OK, I’ll go for broke.
        Another silly question: is your Steampunk Quilt used as a bedcover, and eventually washed, or hung up as an objet d’art? I was just wondering if you had to be particularly careful of it with the mixed fabrics and embellishments.

        • Andrea on July 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

          That quilt hangs on my wall, but that’s more because of the metal buttons, and findings. It wouldn’t be comfortable to sleep under. The first one I made, which does have some hand work on it is for my bed.

  2. Flo @ Butterfly Quilting on August 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    great bag! I like the idea of using vinyl for the bottom of the bag. Much easier to keep clean! thanks for sharing.

    • Andrea on August 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Flo! I definitely like the vinyl on the bottom of this bag. Mine has white vinyl on the bottom of it, and even it stays pretty clean. Plus the heavier fabric holds it’s shape much better than cotton.

  3. Laura on August 3, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Love your fabric choices! Great job – thanks for linking up!

    • Andrea on August 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks so much Laura!

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