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Monday, April 5, 2010

Kerry's Finished Purse

A few weeks ago I showed that gorgeous French General fabric purchased by Kerry for something she wanted me to make for her. That something is finished and ready to be delivered to her this week, and I'm ready to show it to you too!

Any guesses as to what it might be? If you guessed a bag, you would be correct! This is no ordinary bag though. It's a bag of my own original design, made with Kerry's specifications in mind. I searched for bag patterns with two sections on the inside, not just pockets, but two separate sections, but with no luck. So I started thinking and stewing and figuring in my head until I came up with my own design which I am almost entirely pleased with. A bit more tweaking and I will be ready to write up the pattern and offer it here at Hooked On Needles so you can make your own.

Take a look...

Kerry's bag has four generously sized pockets on the outside, deep enough so that the contents will not spill out, but not so deep that you cannot reach the bottom.

A strap with a swivel hook comes down long enough to hold your clipped keys inside one of the pockets.

On the inside, you can see a little strap with a D-ring attached to it for clipping your cellphone or other accessory for easy retrieval. Here you can also see the two separate sections of the inside, divided by a convenient zipper pocket right down the middle. These two sections are completely separate and closed off from each other along the bottoms and sides so your things cannot magically migrate from one to the other.

The zipper pocket is a generous size and sturdily made to hold all sorts of personal items. You can also see the magnetic closure that holds the top of the bag shut.

The boxed bottom of this bag ensures that it will hold lots of stuff and sit firmly on its bottom. The straps on this bag are longer than your average two handled purse straps, but not super long...just right for either hanging it off your arm comfortably or slinging it over your shoulder.

The Moda fabric Kerry chose for this bag was such a pleasure to work with and I love the colors and patterns in it. Kerry will be seeing her new bag for the first time Wednesday evening, so I'll let you know how she likes it after that. Once I perfect the pattern, you will certainly hear about it right here!

The migration went pretty well, but we are noticing missing pictures every now and then. This is something my very favorite computer guy is investigating and hopes to have resolved soon. In the meantime, you should be able to click where any missing picture should be to see a bigger version. Oddly enough, that part seems to work!

Happy Stitching!

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  • That is one beautiful bag! I'd love to see the pattern. I've been wanting a bag with a divided pocket for a long time.
    susan in NC

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

  • Very nice bag!Love the divided pockets, I'm always rooting around in my totes for stuff. You are so good with all the small finishing details! Look foreward to the pattern in the future---I want one now! Sharonj.

    By Blogger sharon, At April 5, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

  • That is a great bag. I'm interested in the pattern.

    By Blogger Sweet P, At April 5, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

  • It's beautiful. She chose lovely fabric, and you did a great job with the design.

    By Blogger Joanna, At April 5, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

  • Very nice bag, Mary Grace!!

    By Blogger Sandi, At April 6, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

  • Great bag Mary Grace. Don't you just love it when an idea turns out as beautiful as this!

    By Blogger Rumi, At April 7, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

  • This is a wonderfully clever bag, and so nicely done! This is my first visit to your blog – can't wait to visit again. I hope you post your pattern soon! Now I'm off to see what else you have to show me.

    By Blogger HumorMe, At April 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

  • Oooooo.... I like! I like! 8-)

    By Blogger Myra, At April 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

  • Love this bag, I have been hunting for a pattern like this, is there a link for the pattern?

    By Blogger Von Linderman, At December 6, 2016 at 7:20 PM  

  • Hi Von Linderman! Thanks for writing! I'm glad you like this bag, and I truly wish I could give you a link to the pattern, but sadly I cannot. I never got around to writing up a tutorial for it before I went back to school for 4 years, and now I'm not sure I could make heads or tails of my notes. If I find them and decide to decipher them someday, I will certainly post a tutorial here for all to enjoy!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At December 10, 2016 at 8:57 PM  

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