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Return of the Bag Lady

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I’m still working on improving my handbags. None is perfect, but each one is unique and fun to make. Last count I think I had made about 15 bags and have given most of them away. I really enjoy making them because I never know how they’ll look when they’re done. Each one is different. Often they are made with scraps of interesting material – small pieces that are not much good for larger projects but are perfect for patchwork.

Making the bags gets easier each time. The bag on the left was more expensive than the others. It cost me two broken sewing machine needles when I was impatiently “driving” over the heavier parts.

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I just finished the brown one today and am already wondering what the next bag will look like.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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60 thoughts on “Return of the Bag Lady

  1. As a lucky recipient of one of these stunning bags last year, I can attest to the fact that the craftsmanship is outstanding! Thank you Anneli. I treasure mine!!

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  2. Very pretty, Anneli. I wish I could make my own, I’d save a lot of money. 🙂

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  3. After that wonderful quilt show you should have lots of new ideas! 🙂

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  4. Love my very special bag Anneli. Signed..sealed and delivered:) Great to tote my books to group and also slippers and Bible to Bible Study. Many uses.

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    • They’re good for so many things. I just use mine as a purse because I always have so much to put in it – a wide wallet that doesn’t easily fit in many other bags, my sunglasses, the odd book, and always some unexpected items.

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  5. These are so lovely and unique, Anneli. And I love how they are practical, too. Perfect to me, the merging of beauty and practicality.

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  6. I LOVE those bags! Great job!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Pit

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  7. If you had a contest to enter that featured one of these bags as the prize, I’d enter many, many times. They’re lovely!

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  8. It makes a nice change from the usual quilting.

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  9. My sister-in-law is an avid quilter. She has also dipped her toe into making bags occasionally. They are fantastic! What’s more they are washable and last longer than store bought ones ! And unique to boot 🙂

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  10. I have a couple of bags I purchased from a woman here. They’re designed differently than yours — smaller, and more purselike — but they’re lovely, too. Yours are so colorful, and practical. It must be satisfying to create a bit of beauty you can tote around day in and day out.

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    • I have made what they call a Barbados bag. It’s smaller and has a lot of side pockets and zippers.It’s much more time consuming to make though, so I like to stick with the quicker tote bags. There are all sorts of bags to make though, each one different from the others. Nice that you’ve bought some.

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  11. Oh wow, you are so creative 🙂

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  12. Those look great! You could definitely sell such beautiful things if you ever wanted to. I’m sure people would love to buy absolutely unique bags like that, no another exactly like it anywhere! 🙂

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  13. I love MY BAG. I bought an organizer for it (very cheap) and now I find every item instantly. It’s such a beautiful bag and so practical.

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    • I’m so glad to hear this. Imagine, the bags are traveling the world without me. Yours in the Czech Republic, one in the Chicago area, one in Vancouver, and three in the state of Washington. Soon there will be two in Montana. 14 bags so far.

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  14. what a great bag! and it even goes with the chair 🙂 soooo creative Annali!

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  15. Those are beautiful Anneli!

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  16. These are just beautiful, Anneli. When something turns out so lovely, it’s obvious it’s done with joy and love.

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  17. I love my two bags as well! They are so practical, not to mention BEAUTIFUL! I think one must have a lot of patience and be very detail oriented to make these as well as you do! Great as a purse or a shopping bag. 🙂 Love them.

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  18. The bags you make are beautiful, especially the one you gave me a week ago! Thanks so much…it’s now full of knitting needles and balls of wool!

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  19. The orange and fall colors of the “brown bag” is amazing, Anneli. 🙂 The blues are also a wonderful and pretty combination!

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  20. You’ve got talent, lady! I have neither the skill nor the patience to sew and am in awe of people like you who are able to create beautiful products. xo

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  21. Nice bags 🙂

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  22. Hi,
    I met you at Susie Lindau’s Meet and Greet. I also love dogs and photography.
    Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip or two. That’s what I write about.
    I brought you the link to my About page, so you can read more about my blog:
    http://www.mostlyblogging.com/about/
    Like Susie, I have regular networking events each month. Nice to meet you.
    Janice

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