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Friday, January 27, 2012

My New Church Bag

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I have a story for you.  A Pinterest success story.   But I have to let you know I'm a terrible story teller.  My stories usually go something like this:  

"So the other day, I was going to this place with this person and we saw this thing...I mean, it looked like a thing.  I guess we were actually on our way to this other place, and really I was with this other person, because it happened on Tuesday.  I remember because I made muffins for breakfast that morning.  Anyway, it was really funny.  And those muffins were good."

So I'll give you the short and sweet story of this bag, and tell you just what happened.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this tote tutorial on Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night and put it on my "Things to Make" pin board.  Do you know how long I've had some things sitting there?  I'm sure you do :)  I was determined to actually make and use something on that list!

I took a couple of different trips to the store to finally decide what fabric I wanted to use.  There were so many great options, and I almost went with an orange version of the main fabric instead.  But this color combo won out, and I think it's really my style.

Her instructions were great, and she even answered one of my questions right away when I wasn't quite sure which direction the pattern on my fabric should go.  Thanks Ashley!

 I added a couple of pockets to the liner and a piece of ribbon for a pen holder before I sewed it into the bag.  Because I always need something to write with at church, and even if I had a pen with me, it would be lost in the bottom of my bag.

I couldn't be more pleased.  Plus while I really do like attending church on Sundays, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little more excited to go this week.  

And suddenly I've got a craving for muffins. 

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  1. So cute!! I adore the ruffles!! I need a new churdh bag, I amy have to copy you. I would LOVE it if you would be willing to link up to our party going on now-Monday. Thanks


  2. Adorable bag..."sew" cute!

  3. Hi, Steph

    How awesome! I love how your bag turned out and the colors are great.


  4. This is so beautiful! It's a perfect church bag!

  5. Lovely bag. And I've been seeing all your posts on Google Reader, no problem at all.

  6. How charming! Thanks for linking up!

  7. Great bag! I need a church bag too!

  8. Very cute...I love the ruffle down the middle! I'm your newest follower from the Sunday Social. I'd love you to stop by my blog & follow along too!

  9. What an adorable church bag! I love the place for the pens...they always get lost! I can't believe you just whipped that up? You're super talented!

  10. Cute love your bag and the fabric is gorgeous.

  11. I love the fabrics you chose! Much better than the orange ; ) Thank you for the kind comment on my blog, I am your newest follower!

  12. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up with us.

  13. This is a fabulous bag. Love the fabric combination and the ruffle. The pen holder is a great addition. I would love for you to share this at my ongoing linky for bags and totes...

  14. This is beautiful! i remember my mom who used to make us a bag when we are still young.

  15. Very Cute! I love it! You should join me for Handmade 52! http://www.raisingoranges.blogspot.com --Katie

  16. What a beautiful bag - I just love the ruffle on the front!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. This is REALLY CUTE! I like it! ~tina

  18. So excited to see you linked up! Also, I saw this bag as well and really liked it - LOVE your version, too!

  19. I love the tote!!! I want one too!!

    Would you mind linking up this project on my blog please??

  20. I featured your bag today. I LOVE IT! Stop by and grab a button if you would like. Feel free to link up anything you would like too,


  21. Hi Steph, I've featured your fabulous Ruffle Tote this week...

  22. That is such a cute bag! I love it! I would make one, but I don't think it would be big enough. We use a giant activity bag and a great big diaper bag to get through:)