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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Something New from Something Old

Over the weekend I finally got around to making a bag from my husband’s old Army uniform.  He retired last fall so we’ve got tons of uniforms around and not sure what to do with them.  I first saw this bag on the sewlikemymom.com blog a year or so ago and wanted to make one.  My husband was going to throw away one of his uniforms last year (it was getting worn out and he was getting a short timers attitude) so I grabbed it and made one of these bags as a birthday gift for my mother in law.  It turned out great and wasn’t too hard to make.  The tutorial on sewlikemymom.com was really easy to follow.  I’ve never made a bag before so I had to search how to make the bottom seams.

Army bag

I found some scraps of pretty fabric to make the lining and the pockets are definitely the best part.  You just cut them off the uniform and stitch them onto the bag or inside the bag.  As you can see, there’s a pocket on the inside and the pen holder from the sleeve of the uniform.  This bag is a great size.  I took it to work yesterday and was able to fit my normal purse stuff plus my lunch!  It’s just a great way to make something new out of something old.

Inside of Army bag