Christmas Sewing

Ruched Happy Bags

 

I return to this pattern every year. It’s always perfect for someone on my Christmas list.  It’s a quick sew and I love choosing the fabrics and coordinating zippers!  I made these this morning while my daughter was in preschool so you still have time! I used my Ruched Happy Bag pattern that can be found in my Etsy shop and Craftsy shops.

The bag in the back has a DS Quilts print for the focal band from JoAnn Fabrics and the rest of the bag exterior is a Jennifer Paganelli print purchased at Marden’s in Maine (I love that place!).  The bag on the right also uses a Jennifer Paganelli print, paired with Tula Pink’s Raccoon in Blueberry print from Sew Fresh Fabrics. I like how the raccoon is peeking through the gathers but then you get to see all of him on the back. This is pretty much the only kind of raccoon I like too because the real ones have started terrorizing our barn, fighting with our cats and generally causing all sorts of problems! I lined both bags with solids I have collected in the last couple of months from Marmalade Fabric’s Around the Color Wheel Monthly Bundle.

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The zips are from Zipit. I love, love, choosing fun colored zippers for these bags and then ribbon for pulls.

I think it is about time to move on to baking a bit more seriously now. These were the last gifts left to sew. Phew!

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Comments

  1. They are beautiful! You have very good reason to make them every year. Beautiful fabrics too

  2. Very cute. I’m sure I have this pattern. Will check. If not, I’m off to your shop. :)

  3. these are really terrific amy…i JUST this week attempted a zipper…i feel like ive just unlocked a whole new world of crafting for gifts!!

  4. What wonderful fabrics, such stunning colours. I can see why this pattern is a favourite. Raccoons sound quite exciting, we don’t have anything like that here. I can imagine the novelty would soon wear off though! Enjoy your baking. Just the thing to do on a cold winter’s day.

  5. I have been sewing purses and bags for the last week, too. I will add this one to my list to try! The gathered fabric just below the band is an adorable touch. And I love Zipit, I have a slight zipper obsession. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the baking!

  6. Such cute bags…and I truly love a colored zipper…there is just no reason to use a white zipper in my opinion!

  7. Oh man! I moved from Maine 15 years ago! Mardens rocks! And Renys!

  8. Nancy Peach says:

    The bags are so cute, I need to make some of these just to have around for that little gift…..just in case I need it. As always ……great ideas Amy!!

  9. Sharon Jones says:

    Very pretty, some one/s will be very fortunate and happy to receive such a beauty.

  10. One of my favorite patterns! These are adorable and I love ZipIt!

  11. Love the peeking raccoons!

  12. They’re beautiful :)

  13. I’ve made a couple of similar bags from a book. Love how you did the zippers ends. Looks great!

  14. Classy as always! Such a nice punch of Color in the otherwise cold, white winter!

  15. Those are super cute. I may need that pattern! I love the way the racoons are peeking out, too. Super cute!

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