Thursday, December 23, 2010

Schlep Bag

Before the family gathers, we dress for church, pose for pictures, open gifts, and feasting begins, I squeaked out a project.

It was mailed to me by Patty of MomLoves2Quilt. I won her fabric giveaway: four quarter-yard pieces and a 5/8 yard piece. Unexpectedly, the fabric was accompanied by instructions for a "Schlep Bag." I turned this out in about two hours. 
Other than a strip of batting in each handle, the bag doesn't have a filler. It's just the exterior and lining which should make it easy to fold up and take along. I think I'll stash it in my purse so whenever I find myself at a checkout and the clerk reaches for a plastic bag, I can pull this out. It's big! Those on-point squares were cut 8" X 8".
After making the bag, I found instructions here. Take a look at the unusual method of putting it together. Pretty neat, actually.

It seems the free pattern has been around for a while. Leave it to me to be the last to know. Thank you, Patty, for bringing me up to speed.

I wish everyone safe travel, wherever you may be going, and a blessed time with family. Thank you God for the gift of your little boy, Jesus.

Merry Christmas!


  1. very nice. I have a couple of schlep bags made with heavy weight fabric I use all the time!

  2. I love the bag - I made several similar ones, but not pieced, last summer and use them all the time! blessings, marlene

  3. Hi Linda, you must never sit still!! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Bet Tay will really enjoy Christmas at his age. Just think what next year will be with the other 2 boys running around too. Merry Christmas, Patty

  4. Bags always make lovely little gifts so I will hold onto this pattern.
    Wishing you and your family the love, peace and joy of Christmas.
    Best wishes, Elyte

  5. That looks like a great pattern. I saw several posts about making reusable gift bags. Maybe someday I'll have time for that!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, my new friend!

  6. The bag is just beautiful!
    Happy Holiday to you!


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