Whew was THIS pattern ever "in development" for a looong time. Like, embarrassingly long. Remember Lori Holt's Quilty Fun blog hop? In December? (Of 2013?!) Well, I made these 32 red and white flying geese.
Super fun to make and super cute to look at. But then ... what to do, what to do. Hmmm. Haven't got a clue.
For a while.
Then I finally got a clue. I'd been wanting to design a bag with a cute little patchwork design along sides for quite a while. These 2" geese turned out to be just the thing. Funny how inspiration and opportunity can spark creativity. :) I love it when this happens.
I don't know how to explain just how much I love this sweet little satchel. I made it 9" x 12" - the perfect size to hold standard paper. It's not all big and sloppy, but rather neat and tidy - great for library books, class notes, a lunch date with a girlfriend, sewing projects (I'm currently keeping a cross-stitch project in mine, with pattern, linen, floss, scissors & needles.
The shorter handles are so nice to just grab and go - no long, noodley straps to fish around for. The little rolled section in the middle is a nice detail, but it doesn't take long to do and it just feels so good in your hand. And you can hang it on a knob or bedpost or the back of a chair without it dragging on the ground.
Of course I snuck in a little bit of lace (totally optional).
There are no zippers, flaps, buttons or snaps to fuss with either. No hardware at all. And the inside seams are finished off with binding.
To make the geese, I included both my favourite piecing method, as well as foundation paper piecing templates if you prefer.
I hope you like it. The pattern is only available as a PDF at the moment. You can find it here. My patterns always have LOTS AND LOTS of step-by-step photos - this one has 42. My goal is your success so I make my patterns as detailed as I can - as if I was right beside you, showing you how to do everything. The photos are in colour too, so even if you only have a B/W printer, you can see the pictures in colour on your screen when you view the PDF.
PS: Thank you to my almost 14 year old daughter who graciously agreed to model the satchel. She's taller than me now. She loves that. Me? It's taking some getting used to. ;)