Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Bag Ladies strike again

Every girl wants a new bag in the Spring. Mine is All About Anna, an easy to follow pattern by Stephanie of Loft Creations. This generous lady gifted her European friends in the Bag Club (very, very unofficial!) with this pattern, and now we finally found time to make our versions. Be sure to check what  Melanie and Simone have made with it.

It took me a long time to pick the perfect fabrics for this bag. These are the fabrics I bought recently at a Handicraft Fair, with the bag in mind.

Here is a picture from four years ago, showing my loot from another Craft Fair. I have only been touching and folding the middle four fabrics, but decided to cut them for the new bag. Just a little nib at the edge, 1½" wide!

I took Melanie's challenge before she even wrote about it here (way at the end of the long post). Your loveliest fabrics are worth a life away from the cupboard! Give them a chance! See here, I needed just tiny bits of the pretty fabrics, and still have lots left for the really, absolutely perfect project for them. I just happened to have the perfect vintage button for the bag too.

Inside pocket.

And finally the back. The main fabric is coffee brown linen.

Thank you Stephanie for this nice pattern, and thank you Bag Ladies for the deadline and for making the bag with me. This time we didn't need each others' help for solving problems, as there weren't any. The bag is perfect size for me, it will hold everything I carry around plus a magazine, a water bottle or even my camera. I can carry it on my shoulder and have both hands free.

In the evenings I have been knitting tiny beanies for preemie babies. I still have some yellow baby wool and I want to try another pattern too. The preemie blanket is knitted using a 100 g ball of baby yarn. I started in one corner and added in the middle of the row so the blanket would be square whenever I ran out of yarn.

Finally a picture of the guy who lost the battle and his tail feathers. He didn't want to show his face, which is quite understandable. The other guy has tail feathers almost 20 inches long, and four ladies. But I like happy ends, and so do you, so we can all be happy that Mr. No Tail has a big, good looking lady of his own. And he will have a perfect tail by the end of the summer.


  1. Love your header photo..Are they Snowdrops??? They are one of my favorite bulbs.
    Your bag looks great in those fabrics and you put on a nice button.
    The premmie kniting is so cute and I am sure will be loved by a special little one.

  2. What a lovely version of the Anna Bag! The fabrics combine so well and I love the brown for the pocket.
    I'm sorry I didn't get to making the bag a second time, but here is the link to my version:, I made in March.
    Those hats are so cute and I can feel the softness of the blanket.
    Poor 'looser'. I'm glad his tail will grow back!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

  3. What a fun post this has been, i've loved every picture. Your bag is perfect for you and the vintage button sets it off just right. The premmie hats are cute and it looks like a great idea for the blankie. So did you start with 3 and increase 2 stitches every 2nd row? cheers

  4. LOVE your new bag!! The fabric is wonderful and will be so versatile!!

  5. Big smiles. What a lovely Anna bag you've made. You're kind. I'm so happy to share with my bag lady friends. :o)

  6. Stephanie is truly very generous! I love your Anna, Ulla - just the colors you love! Poor Mr. Pheasant - good thing his tail is all he lost for sure!

  7. What a great bag you have made with Stephanies pattern.. I am sorry that i could not find time to make together with you and the others..
    I have attended Nordisk quilt treff in Ålborg this weekend and yes it was awesome ;-))
    I have changed to another computer and I am not familiar with how to find my pictures and thats why my blogg has gone sililent ;-))

  8. Great work Ulla. Sorry it has taken me so long to see it. It really is a lovely pattern to follow and so simple thanks to well written instructions.

    The hats are cute- and so appreciated I'm sure.

    Poor Mr Pheasant! I'm glad he has a partner

  9. Liebe Ulla, du machst sehr schöne Taschen (die Stoffe sind eben auch sehr schön!!)und die kleinen Mützchen sind allerliebst. Machst du diese auch nach einem Muster? Im Moment komme ich kaum zum Nähen von neuen Projekten. Ich beende endlich lange liegengebliebene Arbeiten (die vielen Fäden die in Quilts eingezogen oder vernäht werden müssen ;-( !!). Dein frühlingshafter Header gefällt mir!
    Liebe Grüsse


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