Last year sweet Melanie made this great Hearts and Flowers bag for me. I use it when I go to class, because it is so big that I can put my cutting mat and ruler in it, and there is enough space for my project and fabrics and scissors and threads and pincushions and shoes and so on. It is a very nice, BIG bag.
If you have a big handbag, you know how easily small items can disappear in its depths. Well, this bag is almost so big that I have to dive in it to search for my thimble. Luckily, Melanie included some leftover fabrics in the birthday present, and later she mailed some more, like 1½" squares, and some of that dark green fabric. For a long time I had various plans, I wanted to make a fabric basket (but got one from Candace),
and I wanted to make a zipper pouch, but Suzie makes them so much nicer
so I really had no idea what I should do. I kept taking my scissors and pincushions etc there in a plastic bag in the big bag, and felt ashamed (it is, you mustn't forget, a sewing/quilting class). Then I noticed I kept thinking it would be nice to have a matching little bag for the sewing notions. First I joined the 1½" squares to make a ninepatch. I added borders, but it was still too small to become a bag. It was a nice pocket for a bag!
I took the biggest piece of fabric to make the bag, and added strips of the other blue floral prints to make it wider. I cut 2" squares to make the bag deeper. I added a dark green strip to make it even wider, and used dark green to make the handles too.