Turkey Tracks: May 26, 2019
Noodlehead Market Bags
I’ve been wanting to make Anna Graham’s Market Bag, from her book HANDMADE STYLE, for some time.
As noted in previous posts, The Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild has challenged members to make something in “handmade style” every other month, using Anna Graham’s book as a kickoff point. In other months, I have made pillows, using blocks from “The Color Collective” online class with Tara Faughnan and supported by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia. More on that pillow project later.
Here’s my first bag, which uses all Cotton+Steel fabrics. This one is a gift.
The leather handles came from the Noodlehead store. I cut the top binding on the bias and hand stitched it on the inside—as I’ve never been able to sew this kind of closing properly from the outside so that it catches all the inside fabric. Just can’t do it. I also hand sewed the edges of the pocket in the same manner.
And I lined the pocket and fused the outer fabric to Pellon’s SF 101.
Here’s the bag I made FOR ME, or “ownself,” as I like to say. I used Essex Linen in pepper and Cotton+Steel fabrics in shades of teal/acid green. And I put longer handles on this bag for shoulder carrying. These handles were bought locally at Alewives Quilt Store some time ago when I first saw the Market Bag.
I am organizing making Graham’s Explorer purse for a real purse as this market bag is really meant to carry things loose. As my purse possessions are not secured in pockets for the moment, I made a little lined phone case in the same way the interior pocket is constructed and by closing off the top side binding in the same way the bottom closes off.
I’m going to make the small Explorer Tote.