I was in a cute quilt shop while on my last vacation, and found an adorable coffee motif panel. It had six little mug rug size motifs. I had to have it along with a yard of the coffee bean fabric that went with it. Getting home, I pulled out my coffee color stash to see what might go, I wanted it to be bigger than the panel would make, because a few mug rugs weren’t going to be enough for a bag. So, I dug out some fabrics to play with.
First, I made flying geese for both sides of the bag, constructed the outside from the coffee bean fabric, and quilted this part. The handles were attached by top-stitching to the outside after the quilting, with a stitched down section about 2 inches long for stability.
I made the panel pieces into a pocket panel for the front side with the coffee bean fabric as the base and quilted it separately. I bound the top of the panel in the usual way. I sewed it onto the sides and bottom, and sewed one topstitch line down the center to create two pockets.
I used another panel for a pocket on the inside.
Since the whole bag was quilted, all I had to do now was to sew the side seams and make the gusset at the bottom. I covered the raw seam edges like you would a quilt with binding stitched down to one side and hand whipped to the other. This was done around the top of the bag as well as inside.
I matched the fabric on the inside, and used it for contrast on the pocket top and top of the bag.
The design is original, but wouldn’t be possible without those pocket motifs. I love this bag, and entered it into the Mountain Regional State Fair last fall. It won a third place ribbon! How fun!! Here it is on display at the fair.
I use it now mainly for carrying stuff to quilt club, or books on a trip. The dimensions are very generous 18 inches wide by 16 inches tall, and the gusset is 3 inches. It will hold a lot!! Especially a lot of Starbucks by the pound! Yum.