Coffee-bag Bag

This week I’ve still been hard at work hand quilting the borders of my Farmer’s Wife quilt.  I’m kicking myself for not working on it that much over the Winter because it is REALLY hot under there!  I’ve set a goal to get it done by July 4th because that’s when I started working on it 2 years ago.  I have one side and a little more to go.  Next week, I’m going to get the binding ready.

I’m also finishing up some old projects.  This coffee-bag bag is modeled after one that was made by some ladies in my quilt guild in Germany.  I thought it was so clever and it looked so easy; plus I was having a little love affair with Tchibo coffee and was buying it in these kilo sized bags.  What a great use for the bags, I thought!Coffee-bag Bag

I got the quick version of how to make the bag but then I had to drink 9 bags of the coffee to collect enough to make this project so by the time I finished all of that coffee (last September), I forgot exactly how to make the bag and didn’t have anyone to ask.  Ugh!  I also couldn’t find any directions online.  So, I did the best I could to construct this.  I zig-zag stitched the bags together for the sides, slightly overlapping them.  Then I added the bottom & sides with a straight stitch.  I wasn’t sure how to finish the top edges so I ended up adding an inside liner made from coffee themed fabric.  My German friend used nylon webbing handles but I could not find just the right color/width that I liked so I used more coffee themed fabric for the handles.

Coffee-bag Bag

So that’s my coffee-bag bag.  It’s a nice souvenir from my time in Germany plus it smells really good!

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