Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A New FREE Pattern: The Off To Market Bag


Today I'm happy to share my latest bag design: the Off To Market Bag.  A chic bag that is simple to make with all the details of a high end boutique item; fully lined, stylish wooden handles and a magnetic closure.  Big enough for shopping, but also chic enough to use as a purse. 
I used two lovely prints by Joel Dewberry to make it - Aviary 2 Sparrows and Aviary 2 Damask (both in Lilac).  The outer print is a PUL backed cotton, which means it's also waterproof.  I'd used both laminated cotton and polyester PUL before, but this fabric was new to me.  I got mine over at Just Laminates, my favorite shop for specialty fabric.  It has the soft finish of regular cotton, but with a little more body thanks to the thin polyurethane layer on the back.  It was a dream to sew with and worked great with the Ultra Firm stabilizer to give the bag a sturdy, yet curved shape.
Using wooden handles & magnetic clasps is really easy and it gives such a nice finish to a handmade bag:

I've been using mine non-stop.  It's nice to be able to toss my all stuff right in and open it wide to see everything easily:
Just click HERE to go get to the FREE downloadable, printable pattern and step-by-step instructions for making your very own Off To Market Bag!

Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too-
Click HERE to check them out!

28 comments:

  1. What an awesome bag! It's the perfect size and I absolutely love the fabrics you chose. I've got a closet full of bags, but I may have to make just one more now~

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    1. It's very handy - I've got loads too, but this is the one I reach for!

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  2. this is a beautiful bag, thank's for the tutorial! love the fabric you use i was looking for an idea for my handle i bought last year got it thank's

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    1. Yay! Was the first time I'd used handles like that and they are ideal - would love to see yours!

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  3. This is gorgeous Cheryl!! I love the style of the bag and the fabrics are beautiful!!
    Thanks for the pattern!

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    1. Thanks Bev! So glad to hear such sweet things:)

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  4. That is a great bag! Beautifully made, and I love the shape. Thanks for the pattern! =)

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    1. Happy to share it - let me know if you make one!

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  5. Awesome bag. I'm headed over to download the pattern right now! And thanks for the info on that fabric. I've never seen any before, but I plan on checking out the link.

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    1. So glad to hear that:) It was my first time trying it, but it's now a favorite. Will be sharing more about specialty fabrics like that soon.

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  6. Goodness that is such a lovely bag. You have used such lovely material. I bet you'll get loads of nice comments when you go down to market!

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    1. Thanks so much - I really loved this fabric too. And it is such a great feeling getting compliments - a lady yesterday couldn't believe I'd made it!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this! I really like the fabric and the look of the bag overall.

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  8. Cheryl, WOW! Absolutely stunning! Pinning and featuring on Facebook.

    Jenn

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  9. This is so pretty. You did a great job. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/apple-cinnamon-roll-pull-aparts-and.html
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  10. Hi Cheryl,

    SO GORGEOUS !!! I love the colour and the fabric! Thanks for sharing! You have a very creative blog I'm your new follower!
    Have a look at my blog I’ll be glad.

    Hugs from Portugal

    Ana Love Craft

    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  11. This is just too cute! I am featuring you tonight! : )

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  12. Cheryl!!! The bag is WONDERFUL!!! Very stylish!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  13. I love this bag. The fabric is fabulous! Love the wooden handles. It reminds me of the wood handled purses of my youth. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  14. Gorgeous fabric and such a fabulous bag! I think I'll have a try at making one of these!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jill - I hope you do & would be thrilled to see it:)

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  15. Yes, it is Quite a great bag! I'll have to try it..Never can have too many of those! I'll have to keep watching for more cool stuff with you!

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    1. Thanks Hesta! I hope you do try it - I've got some more free patterns & tutorials coming up very soon.

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  16. Hi,
    Really it is a nice blog, I would like to tell you that you have given me much knowledge about it.
    Your post is extremely helpful. I will keep following. Thank you for sharing this information.

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  17. What a beautiful bag! I have just written my first pattern for a handbag that also works as a walker bag. Do you have any advice on finding people to test the pattern for you? Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Nicole. Personally I haven't done tester calls, but I know a lot of people will announce a need for pattern testers on their blog or Facebook page. Good luck!

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