November 17 ~ Tote

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Everybody loves a new bag! Gifts to Tote today…

Make It

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The Phoebe Bag is a PDF pattern download from artsy-crafty babe. Check out her appliqué version!
spacer Fuzzy Felt Flex Frame Purses
Nikki from You Sew, Girl! sells the flex frames needed for her fun Fuzzy Felt Flex Frame Purse Tutorial.
spacer The Simple and Sleek Fat Quarter Handbag
Our Fat Quarter Handbag from Jennifer is a favorite (easy, sleek, fun) tutorial from 2009!
spacer Friendship Bag
Make a Friendship Bag with Rachel’s tutorial at p.s. i quilt. Without the handles it can turn into a little “catch-all bag.”
spacer Little House Pouch
This Little House Pouch Tutorial from the long thread includes a PDF template & instructions. So cute!

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: April Bags, Classic Tote, Quilted Garden Tote, For Your Purse or Pocket, Tote Bags, Gifts for Girlfriends

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Beth’s choice Amy’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Handmade Purses & Bags from Jennifer Ladd
Jennifer Ladd, author of the Fat Quarter Handbag Tutorial above and one of our favorite bag designers, has impeccable taste and incredible craftsmanship. Jennifer’s purses and bags are stunning. Take a look, for example, at this beautiful new Clutch Purse with Sweet Flowers. Comment to win a gift certificate to the Jennifer Ladd shop (details below in “Win It”!) and be sure to take a look at her purses & bags.

Mix It

spacer Cranberry & Almond Scones
Cozy up for the holidays with Cranberry & Almond Scones from eCurry (perfect with cocoa too!).

Print It

spacer Creature Comforts Printables
Ez from Creature Comforts has a huge selection of free Printables, including this set of Lacy Tags & Labels. You’ll also find stationary sets, note cards, table cards, library card pocket templates, mini-notebooks, tags & much more.

Win It

Twaiku contest! (Haiku on Twitter.) Post your original haiku on Twitter this week and include #HH3 (trying to save you a few characters.) The theme? Handmade Holidays, of course! Our 2 favorites win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes. The winners will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Jennifer Ladd

Jennifer Ladd (one of our board members) has generously contributed a $25 gift certificate to her shop. She makes some of the coolest bags and clutches around. This would make a great gift for a very good friend.

By Linda Kopp

(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-57990-878-0, ISBN13: 9781579908782)

From the Publisher:

What’s the big new phenomenon, with legions of devotees? Making lovable stuffed monsters! Influenced by the popularity of Japanese animé and video game culture, urban illustration and design, and the do-it-yourself craft movement, these designer plush toys are everywhere—even museum stores. Yet they’re simple to sew. Just take fabric, a needle and thread, and stuffing, combine a touch of cuteness with a dash of utter weirdness, and you’ve got one of the oddest, most irresistible creatures ever. And these 30+ projects—including furry, green-lipped Monkey; Greggles, who sports a coif of tentacles; and flirtatious Polly, who has her three eyes on every guy—are as much at home in a trendy loft studio as in a child’s room. They’re unabashedly handmade, but bold, colorful, and very modern. A thorough Basics section provides all the fundamentals, from fabric selection to stitches to the ins and outs of the construction process. And, as a bonus, there’s a handful of profiles of select plush designers with photos of their work.
Join the Lark Books Quilt It! contest!

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
16 ~ Frame
15 ~ Celebrate
14 ~ Shop
13 ~ Go
12 ~ Clean & Tidy
11 ~ Pamper
10 ~ Craft
9 ~ Play
8 ~ Deck the Halls
7 ~ Exercise
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear

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391 Responses to November 17 ~ Tote

  1. Alexis says:

    What fab ideas, could someone arrange for there to be 26 hours in a day please!

  2. sara says:

    Made two Phoebe bags since seeing this, absolutely love them, thanks!

  3. Karley says:

    I LOVE the Phoebe bag – have just printed it out to try over the weekend. I am new to sewing but have become very addicted already! I have ordered far too much (says my husband) fabric from the sew mama sew store and other lovely online shops that I need lots of projects to do :). I also have to say how wonderful crafty blogland is – very inspiring, motivating and all round positive experience, look forward to checking all my favourite blogs – including this one, daily 🙂

    PS: Have just made the Jennifer Ladd clutch a favourite on Etsy – it is just gorgeous.

    Have a good weekend everyone x

  4. Megan says:

    Adorable! Here come holiday gifts…

  5. Patty says:

    The fat 1/4 handbag is very cute and fashion-forward!

  6. Hilda says:

    sooo many nice bags!

  7. IowaCowgirl says:

    Little grand-niece is coming to visit in December and we will tackle the House Pouch. Thank you.

  8. Danielle says:

    I love the little house bag. I might just stitch that up for my wee one.

  9. Brookiej says:

    My favorite day! Love all the tote goodness…I would love to start with the friendship bag!

  10. Amy says:

    I just wondering what to do with a pile of scraps I want to use up, and here comes the appliqued version of the Phoebe bag. Perfect!

  11. Valerie says:

    How fun! I love the first bag, especially the fabric from the sample picture!

  12. Casey says:

    I love the phoebe bag 🙂

  13. Liz says:

    love the clasp on that jennifer ladd purse!

  14. Julie says:

    I like the friendship bag pattern. So cute

  15. Ooh I would love that Plush book – so cute! Please enter me in the contest 🙂

  16. Brooke says:

    LOVE these!

  17. Jennifer O. says:

    I think there will be a lot of bags as Christmas presents this year!

  18. Diane says:

    Love any and all bags and totes…

  19. Fiona says:

    Love Jennifer Ladd’s bags!

  20. Tong says:

    Such cute totes!!

  21. mara says:

    I love love love that little house pouch. It reminds me of a wooden purse my preschool teacher had that was shaped like a house. (Yes, I was so amazed by it that I can still picture it 38 years later!) It would be fun to make flat felt people to live inside — a good travel toy for a child (or me, heh).

  22. Sara says:

    Love the fabric on the “simple and sleek fat quarter” handbag.

  23. Emily says:

    love the phoebe bag!

  24. Jess says:

    Love the Phoebe bag! Its the perfect gift for my tween cousin…I can make it totally age appropriate and she can stop feeling like a “kid”!

  25. Leah says:

    Wow you rule! With a little girl on the way, those stuffed monsters for my son, and of course I will need a new bag for myself I dont think I’ll be getting any sleep this month! Thank you so much for your wonderful projects!

  26. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    Another great day….love the bags!

  27. Deanna says:

    Pheobe bag is my favorite!

  28. Cayce says:

    i have the perfect fabric waiting for the phoebe bag! thanks!!!

  29. Eileen says:

    I have probably *the most stupid question in the world – ever* well, if you are from the States anyway, which I am not, this is England calling.

    Anyway, stupid question – what is a *fat quarter*? I assume it is a piece of material but does it have a fairly standard size?

    many thanks

  30. Beth T says:

    I can’t wait to try the Cranberry Almond scones.

  31. Sylvie says:

    I love all these bags!

  32. Tricia says:

    wow, I am absolutely making a phoebe bag! beauty!

  33. Salihan says:

    I love all the bags!

  34. Monica says:

    The bags are so cute, I’m having a hard time choosing a favourite!

  35. Angie H. says:

    Wow! I really love Jennifer’s work! Thank you for so many great ideas!


  36. Janet says:

    Love all these handmade items. Such richness and heart in each unique piece.

  37. Tammy says:

    Love the Pheobe bag, especially the applique’ version!

  38. Robyn says:

    totally trying that first bag out!

  39. Courtney says:

    The little house pouch is too cute!

  40. Jena says:

    this is my favorite day so far! i can’t wait to make some purses for all of my friends.

  41. Corynne says:

    been loving your sight and all the project ideas… thanks!

  42. Jessi says:

    my daughter would love the little felt bag

  43. Heidi says:

    Oh I love bags.

  44. Kristen says:

    My daughters would love that Little House clutch!

  45. Wendy says:

    Still love the Fat Quarter Bag.

  46. Margaret says:

    Handmade bags? Awesome. Stuffed monsters? I have a little boy on the way — fantastic!

  47. Sarah Lorde says:

    That plushie book looks so cute.

  48. carjobo says:

    Oh, I like these ideas the best yet! The flex frame purses, the Phoebe bag, the scones – which one first?!

  49. Jennifer says:

    Not yet a quilter, but I am so making the Friendship Bag. LOL

  50. Jo says:

    Cool tutorials as ever, I love them all!!

  51. Somer says:

    That little house pouch is so cute.

  52. Julia in WDM says:

    sign me up for the giveaway!

  53. Lucie says:

    I feel like I want to make it and have it all… from the totes, to the scone and the book. Awesome giveaways… thank you…(

  54. susan mzf says:

    I’ve been wanting to try making flex-frame bags and those cute felt ones just might be the project to start with!

  55. Ashley J says:

    I love the Jennifer Ladd clutches & enjoying the handmade holiday posts!

  56. Amy says:

    I have a terrible addiction to bags! Thanks! :o)

  57. Robin says:

    Dear SewMamaSew Folks,

    Passing this on from your own IBOL guy: “OMG! OMG! IBOL Tuesday is next week!” and help me flush them out from their secret lair. (I actually favored calling it IBOLapalooza.)” Details on the IBOL Blog. Also, REALLY cute bags & the scone recipe looks yummy.


  58. Charmaine says:

    the little house pouch is so sweet

  59. Beth says:

    Oh, the PHOEBE BAG! YAY!

  60. Jen C. says:

    love the bags

  61. Tanya F says:

    wow, softies for grown ups… about time!

  62. Ellen says:

    That fat quarter bag looks great!

  63. Jill D says:

    I need the little house bag for the gym and the friendship bag for school. Put ’em on the “to do” list.

  64. Allison says:

    very cute 🙂

  65. Alisa says:

    The Little House pouch is so sweet.

  66. cynthia says:

    I love bags!!! Can’t to give the fat quarter one a try. Thanks so much Cynthia

  67. Missie says:

    My favorite day so far!

  68. Ingrid says:

    I love the Friendship bags, with and without handles.

  69. carol says:

    I love the Phoebe bag. I can’t wait to get started

  70. Rachel says:

    great stuff once again!!

  71. katie says:

    Totally going to make the friendship bag w/o the handles.

  72. Jenn says:

    So much to sew, again, so little time!

  73. Lorrie says:

    Cute bags of all kinds.

    I’ve had trouble posting the past two days. Today I switched from Firefox to Internet Explorer and the comment box again popped up. I’ve had no trouble until yesterday – did you alter something on your webpage?


  74. Samantha says:

    I’m excited about the Phoebe bag. I’ve been in desperate need of a new purse for winter. This will fit the bill!

  75. Samantha says:

    They are all great- but the little house is so CUTE!

  76. Aimee says:

    The little house poutch is adorable! Oh, how fun!!!

  77. sy says:

    bags always make good gifts 😀

  78. Farah says:

    Am so making the Phoebe bag tonight, and maybe the little house pouch thing too! thanks for the patterns…

  79. Grace Wong says:

    the bags are really pretty!

  80. gigi says:

    love the “phoebe”

  81. StephanieS says:

    Who can’t use another purse!

  82. Crystal says:

    Those little coin purses are darling!

  83. Abby says:

    I love those little Friendship Bags! So cute!

  84. Erin J. says:

    I love the phoebe bag!

  85. Misty.Creek says:

    More inspiration for my to-do list!

  86. Love the tutorial by Jennifer Ladd, and her shop has such unique pretty bags!! Wonderful what you can do with 2 FQ’s!!

  87. Laura says:

    Great ideas! I love the different bag patterns

  88. Who couldn’t use another purse?!

  89. Christina says:

    love them all! can’t wait to try the felt pouches!

  90. I’m definitely making the Phoebe bag. Thanks!

  91. Shannah says:

    Love the applique version of that bag!

  92. mjb says:

    Love that Phoebe bag.

  93. Deb Cameron says:

    My Christmas sewing list is getting out of control! You are inspiring me to add to it daily! Grin…loving it!

  94. Yetta says:

    Awesome! Love the Pheobe bag.

  95. Thanks to everyone for sharing – I really like the fat quarter bag.

  96. Tammy says:

    I love the Phoebe bag! I just might make one!

  97. Shauna B says:

    I love today’s listing! Gave me some ideas for Christmas. Either of the gift prizes would be great too! 🙂

  98. BreannaS says:

    i made a phoebe bag and absolutely adore it. I get many compliments!

  99. Norma says:

    I need to try the Pheobe and the fat quarter bag, thanks for the links an tutorials!

  100. Paulina says:

    As I’m trying to dig into the world of patchwork the tutorial with Friendship Bag looks nice to me.

  101. Soma says:

    That Phoebe bag is the best!

    Thanks for the mention and the link.

  102. sandyandcosmo says:

    The bags are all so cute!

  103. crissy says:

    The Simple and Sleek Fat Quarter Handbag is so cute! I want that plush-o-rama book. Looks right up my alley. :o)

  104. Lisa says:

    I love making bags. You can never have too many. Can’t wait to try the Phoebe Bag.

  105. Leah says:

    I love all of these little purses! And what a terrific giveaway as well:-)

  106. Shiloah says:

    I have the Phoebe bag pattern on my sewing table and am ready to go! I would love to get my hands on some of Jennifer Ladd’s purse frames. Hope I win!

  107. Juliet says:

    I love jennifer ladd handbags! totally going to make the fat quarter clutch for all the girls on my christmas list.

  108. Jen L says:

    there’s that phoebe bag – i forgot who made it!

  109. Sarah Lee says:

    I love these tuts! I have used them before and they are wonderful!!!

  110. Rachel says:

    Phoebe bag is AWESOME!

  111. Nichole D. says:

    Another round of great ideas! I love the fat quarter handbag- and my little sister will, too!

  112. jennsquared says:

    Oh my! All the bags are awesome looking! Oh which one to make!!!!

  113. Liz says:

    I love making bags and giving bags as gifts. With some variation a totebag is a great gift for almost anyone. Jennifer Ladd’s purses are beautiful.

  114. Laurel says:

    Such cute bags!

  115. Kimberly says:

    Purses are such a weakness. These are awesome.

  116. Love the bright colors Jennifer uses on her purses.

  117. Janet says:

    Love, love,love the little house pouch. So cute!!!!

  118. yay for bags!

  119. Claire Schwarz says:

    I gonna get me a Plush-O-Rama Book, now I just have to ring all my local bookshops.

  120. Krystina says:

    The Phoebe bag is awesome. Well all of the bags are awesome. Great ideas for the women in my life. Gosh I have to get started soon!

  121. Morgan says:

    Who doesn’t love bags? I already want to make them all!

  122. Andrea P. says:

    I love the little house pouch!

  123. Sorahart says:

    The fat quarter handbag looks so crisp and neatly done. Can’t wait to try it out!

  124. Linda J. says:

    These bags are terrific! I LOVE to make and gift them. Looks like I need to hustle and finish my current project. I’ve got a couple more bag patterns to add to my list!

  125. Chelsey says:

    So gorgeous!!! I’m adding so many things to my “projects” folder!

  126. Ginger says:

    so many great bags, I don’t know which one to make first

  127. Jodi says:

    Lovely bags. I think I need a new one. Better get started.

  128. Samurai Mom says:

    Ooooh, I need a new hangbag.

  129. Thanks for the great ideas!

  130. Gretchen says:

    I was hoping you’d have a post about bags. I love the phoebe bag – it’s definitely aching to be made out of some beautiful fabrics.

  131. Sarah says:

    Love the little house bag! So cute.

  132. Christelle says:

    That clutch is gorgeous! And those cookies look yummy!

  133. Rachel says:

    Love those bags – great things to make for the girls I work with!

  134. Stacy says:

    A girl can’t have enough totes! Wonderful ideas.

  135. anne says:

    Love the fat quarter bag!

  136. Myrnie says:

    Love the Phoebe bag 🙂

  137. Paula says:

    I love love love that house purse! my DD would love that! Great for keeping a little family of dolls in maybe?

  138. Jane says:

    The Fat Quarter Handbag is so wonderful, I just love it!

  139. kriswithmany says:

    The fat quarter bag is so cute!

  140. You just keep showing us more cool stuff – thanks!

  141. Katie says:

    I love the Phoebe bag – I saw the appliqued version and I want to make that one up!

  142. Sarah S says:

    I love the Jennifer Ladd bags, I’ve used that tutorial many a times!

  143. Samantha says:

    The Phoebe bag and Fat Quarter bag will be mine!…as soon as I’m done making all these gifts, that is 😉

  144. Sarah D says:

    ooo! I love the Pheobe bag! I can’t wait to make one for me! (and all the other bag lovin’ women I know!)

  145. Louby Lou says:

    Love that friendship bag!

  146. Meg says:

    The little house pouch is adorable!

  147. Dacia says:

    absolutely LOVE them all!

  148. Anya T. says:

    Great ideas again! thanks.

  149. Andi says:

    Love the fabric choices,can’t wait to get started on the house pouch!

  150. jm says:

    Alright, that little house pouch is the cutest thing ever!

  151. KT says:

    wow, the fabrics on the Phoebe bag and the Fat Quarter handbag are awesome!

  152. Kathleen C. says:

    I’m always so pleased by the numerous tutorials offered by talented stitchers and artists; they generously share their knowledge with all of us.
    I visited Jennifer’s shop and “fell” for her zipper pouches (and wallets, too). I’d love to buy a pouch to carry my small hand applique blocks,pinned and ready for sewing; a zipper pouch would add style to my un-stylish life!
    Kathleen C.

  153. Tara Ann says:

    Great ideas! Love them all!

  154. kelly O! says:

    I’m always happy to try a new scone recipe, and am pretty sure sure there’ll be a few new bags in my near future. Thanks for more great tutorials and another fun giveaway!

  155. Debbie KL says:

    Love the Friendship Bag! I could use the handleless ones in my craft toom to keep me organized. Thanks!

  156. Angela says:

    Sigh…if only I didn’t have to work AND raise the children AND clean the house, I would sew all of the wonderful bags! Maybe I could find the time to make one for little ol’ me on the holiday weekend.

  157. Michelle Blanc says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some bags as holdiay gifts, now I have a good variety to choose from, thanks!

  158. Tabitha says:

    Lovin’ the purses and the scones!

  159. Codecrafter says:

    Oh that fat quarter purse is great!

  160. Jessica says:

    Hmmm, I know what we’re having for lunch today…cranberry-almond scones, thank you! The bag tutes will make great gifts for friends too!

  161. Mama Lusco says:

    Love these bags!

  162. Danyelle says:

    They are all cute projects – each day it is getting more difficult to choose which projects to make – I wish I had time to make them all!

  163. Carla says:

    Love the friendship bags. I think I might make some of those scones today. Yummy!

    carlamo (at) ymail (dot) com

  164. Trisha says:

    I love all the totes! I would love the plush-o-rama book, in fact I might just have to purchase it myself:)

  165. Jen V says:

    Who doesn’t need more bags?? I’m always looking for new tutes for bags – thanks for turning me on to some I haven’t seen yet. And, by the way, you have 200+ comments already!! Good work on the blog – you are really bringing in the troops.

  166. Ashley says:

    I can’t wait to try that fat quarter bag. It’s so cute. Now to find the right fabric for it…

  167. Michelle says:

    Those scones are calling my name-delish!

  168. Lindsey says:

    I love the Fat Quarter bags…so gonna make one tonight! Love it! The Phoebe bag is too cute too! FUN!

  169. I love the Phoebe Bag I am going to have to make one for my mom!
    Thanks again for all the ideas!

  170. Cara says:

    Mmmm, those cranberry scones are exactly what I need on this cold, Seattle day!

  171. Lin says:

    Can’t wait to make all the lovely bags! Now just need to find some time.

  172. Vicki says:

    I especially like the Little House Pouch and the Friendship bag!

  173. Ashley Ann says:

    I love the house pouch! So cute~

  174. Bunny says:

    As a purse fanatic extraordinaire, I LOVE this post. Thanks!

  175. ting says:

    I need to try the friendship bag/bucket! Too cute. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  176. Melanie says:

    These are all so cute! I have been meaning to get into making purses, just haven’t yet. This sure gives me the inspiration! Thanks!

  177. Maeve says:

    Great post today, love those bags! I will be trying that scone recipe also. And I would love to win the giveaway, so put my name in the pile! Thanks!

  178. amelia says:

    cute bags

  179. Christy says:

    wow, such awesome tutorials! that little house pouch is just too cute!

  180. Andrea says:

    Is it wrong to make the Pheobe bag for me even though I have more gifts to finish before Christmas? No – I don’t think it is! Thanks

  181. Jenny says:

    Great! I love the phoebe bag!

  182. Amy says:

    Love the Phoebe bag and some of the others look so fun. Thanks for doing this.

  183. Kimberly says:

    Wonderful ideas today.

  184. Thanks for the lovely patterns. I am going to use some fabulous fabrics I brought from India to make them. My blog is also full of Indian colors. Come and visit it.

  185. MaryAnn says:

    These bags are wonderful and the cookies look delicious- I’ll have to make them for sure!

  186. Sarah says:

    Your fabric choices would really make some of these tote projects pop!

  187. sonya says:

    so very pretty!J
    thanks for all the research–we love the tutes! (ummmm….totes)

  188. shannon says:

    The Phoebe bag is so great!

  189. mary jo says:

    so much cuteness. my daughter loves plushies and we enjoy making them together

  190. jackie says:

    i love the little house wallet!

  191. Stephanie says:

    oh i had to comment…i love jennifer’s bags! cross my fingers that i win!!!

  192. Sarah Vee says:

    These are gorgeous accessories! I love the house pouch and am going to being printing the pdfs for all the bags and putting them in a pretty folder that says – MAKE ME! Thanks again for all your inspiration and sharing with us so many talented crafters!

  193. megan says:

    The Plush-O-Rama Book looks great!!

  194. Ellen says:

    Jennifer Ladd’s purses are AWESOME! Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. Shasta says:

    I love Jennifer’s bags!

  196. KristiLou says:

    Sew exciting!

  197. Dot says:

    Another gorgeous post. As a “bag” maker I especially love this one.

  198. Allison says:

    Love the Phoebe bag! If only I could stay home and work on all of these instead of having to work. Of course, then I wouldn’t be able to afford fabric….

  199. Beth says:

    I love ALL of these! I’ve got to go sew….

  200. Bethany says:

    So unbelievable. Thanks to all the ladies who are willing to share a piece of themselves in all these tutorials!?!?

  201. Mirza says:

    Love today’s stuff. The house pouch is so cute!

  202. Christy says:

    Great posts. These bags will make great Christmas presents for friends and families. Thanks for creating and sharing.

  203. craftytammie says:

    I was just looking at the phoebe bag last night! love her leaves!

  204. Bonnie says:

    Cute purses today–especially love that little house. Love the giveaways as well!

  205. Rachel B says:

    I am crazy for purses and totes. I think I have a zillion and want to make more. Thanks for this post.

  206. Erin says:

    I’m so glad there is a “Bag Day” on the Handmade Holidays list… So many people love to receive them, and they’re fun to make! Thanks.

  207. Megan says:

    Wow…again! I love, love, love all these Handmade Holidays posts! Perhaps the best part for me is that I discover so many new and exciting blogs.

  208. Em says:

    Oh, so cute! I love bags – and I love making them – what wonderful present ideas!

  209. Nikki says:

    oh, i love the little house pouch and i’ve had my eye on that plushie book for awhile now 🙂

  210. marta says:


  211. mommymae says:

    i neeeeeeed to make myself a jennifer bag!

  212. Susan says:

    Mmm…cranberry and almond scones: the perfect combination for an afternoon tea on a wet and dreary November day.

  213. Amy says:

    Great links today! The friendship bag is adorable and just my speed 🙂

  214. Ammie says:

    These bag tutorials are wonderful. Thanks for another great library!

  215. Mary says:

    Love the friendship bag!

  216. Celeste says:

    That Phoebe bag is so very pretty!

  217. virginia says:

    The little house purse is perfect for my LO’s paper dolls!

  218. Kristin says:

    I love Becky’s Phoebe bag…so pretty!

  219. Sara Suzanne Sews says:

    I love these bags! I’ll be swinging by the fabric store on my way home tonight…

  220. Coralee says:

    a favourite day so far!

  221. Courtney says:

    I can’t wait to try that phoebe bag.

  222. Sarah says:

    Great, great great tutorials today! Jennifer Ladd does have impeccable taste.

  223. Andrea says:

    Great ideas! I love the Phoebe Bag, very darling.

  224. Jill says:

    I love everything on this post. I don’t know how I will find time to make it all. 🙂

  225. Jessica T says:

    Bags are probably my favourite thing to make. So fast to make, so useful!

  226. Julia says:

    Bags, Bags, Bags!! I love bags!! Especially the house pouch!! I’ve favorited the Long Thread for later browing !! If I could just give up sleep for a few days, I’d sew so much!!

  227. Lisa says:

    “Celebrate” also takes you to “Wear” – all the other links seem to be in working order! 14 out 16 ain’t bad at all!

  228. Lisa says:

    A little linking issue: The link for “Frame” is taking me to “Wear.”

  229. Julia M. in MI says:

    The purses that Jennifer designs are beautiful! Thanks for all the great ideas and tutorails!

  230. mon ami says:

    I live the little house pouch! And I will be baking a batch of these scones soon too

  231. Carlee says:

    Love love love that fat quarter handbag more every time I see it! I will definitely be making a few of those this season! 🙂

  232. Danielle says:

    I love to look at bags! And now that I’m a mama twice over I need bags! 🙂 Thanks for the tutorials!

  233. Doris says:

    Oooohh….I would love to win that gift certificate for Jennifer Ladd, love her stuff! Cute bag patterns, thank you!

  234. Rachel says:

    I love making tote bags. You just can’t have too many and they make great gifts. Love that Phoebe bag! Thanks for the opportunity to win either the plush book or Jennifer’s generous gift certificate!

  235. LOVE the handbags!!!!!!

  236. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I love the little house pouch.

  237. Katrina says:

    Doesn’t every girl love a new bag? Great ideas.

  238. megelin says:

    i let out an audible gasp when i saw those scones. i love cranberries in pastry! mmm..

  239. the little house pouch is cute…

  240. Crystal says:

    I need to make a bag now

  241. Natasha says:

    Love the handbags today!

  242. elizabeth says:

    Love the fabric on the fat quarter bag. So lovely.

  243. D'Ann says:

    The Little House Pouch is cute! Do I need to be a child to carry it? I want to make one for me. Hey, you know the saying “When I am old I will wear purple”? Well, when I am old I will carry a Little House Pouch. Old feels pretty good!

  244. Grace says:

    So excited about the phoebe bag! I can’t wait to get home from work and try it out, I have some lovely bright mendocino fabric left over from my 1-2-3 throw that would be perfect

  245. Stephanie says:

    There’s a Phoebe in my future!

  246. Trisha says:

    Wow that Phoebe purse is adorable and the cute Jennifer Ladd clutch is great.

  247. Alexandra says:

    Those scones sound delicious. And the house pouch is too cute!

  248. susan says:

    The scone recipe looks delicious — thanks for the link!

  249. I will take either of those prizes! thanks!

  250. Debra says:

    More great ideas! Thanks!

  251. Judi B says:

    I love all of the tote ideas, especially the felted ones.

  252. amy says:

    I can’t wait to make the Phoebe bag!

  253. ~Helena~ says:

    So true, who doesn’t like a new bag. I just made the friendship bags for my little girls and they love those little bags. Love the ideas.

  254. Susan W says:

    I have been making bags all week long. These will be great!

  255. Morgan says:

    Loving the Phoebe bag!

  256. Karen H says:

    Oh I love that little Friendship bag! I think it would make a great sock knitting tote. 🙂

  257. Andrea says:

    Mmmm. Those scones are calling me.

  258. Megan says:

    Love the purses, particularly the Fat Quarter Purse. Thanks for sharing these!

  259. Kaye Prince says:

    So cute – I really like the Phoebe bag pattern!

  260. Tina Mackey says:

    Little house pouch is perfect for a little girl. Too cute!

  261. Limor says:

    I wish you guys would have these types of posts year round. I love all of the bags and the scones sound yummy.

  262. Joyce says:

    Awesome – love the fat quarter bag tute.

  263. Becky says:

    so many bags, so many great gifts

  264. elizabeth says:

    teriffic patterns. have already made several, can’t wait to make more.

  265. Jennifer says:

    Planning to design a case for daughter’s DSLite. That’s sew and tote, right? Love the friendship bag.

  266. Megan says:

    Love the bags!

  267. Alissa says:

    I have looked in Jennifer Ladd’s shop before. She has incredible talent! I’m so glad you’ve featured her shop again.

  268. sarah says:

    I think this is my favorite holiday post yet… love every one of those bags!

  269. Caroline says:

    I’ve been meaning to make Jennifer’s fat quarter bag for awhile – it would make a fab gift!

  270. Stacy says:

    I have been itching to make a new bag (I am still carrying around my flowery summer bag), so I am thrilled to see that pattern for the Phoebe bag! I am going to make a gift for myself, before everyone else’s gift or I know that it will never be made- I know that you fellow crafters can relate! Loved the Little House Pouch, too, and can see it in my little one’s stocking this Christmas. Thanks so much for this great bunch of patterns!

  271. Sherrie Smith says:

    I love the look of the friendship bag. The fat quarter tote is so cute, too.

  272. Christie says:

    That little house pouch is too cute! Definitely going on my list of “must makes”. Thanks again for the great ideas!

  273. Heather B says:

    Love Beth’s choice for a bag!

  274. molly says:

    love jennifer ladd’s style. she has the cutest unique animal print bags in her shop right now!

  275. Kerry says:


  276. Sarah AJ says:

    Great bags! The scones look yummy, too!

  277. Maggie says:

    I love all of these bags and the giveaway is too great to pass up!

  278. qsogirl says:

    oh wow, all of these bags are great!! can’t wait to start making some!! 🙂

  279. Fawn says:

    I’d love to make a handbag for myself b/c I can never find a good one that fits everything I need to carry each day! These look like some projects I could tweak for that purpose.

  280. Kelli says:

    Great selection today! I hadn’t seen the Phoebe bag before!

  281. evap says:

    The Phoebe Bag is so pretty! Love it!

  282. Christina W says:

    yay! purses are always my first choice for quick projects!

  283. Steph W says:

    Oh, that little house pouch is so cute!

  284. D'Lane says:

    When I first saw the fat quarter purse earlier this year I really wanted to make it. Seeing it again has caused me to put “run to the fabric store” on my todo list today. I love it!

  285. PeachRainbow says:

    hope to win this!

  286. Sarah says:

    I love these purses!

  287. Heather S. says:

    oh gosh. love the friendship bag.
    And those Scones! The look positively scrumptious. If only I could find my kitchen under all those dishes. 😛

  288. Chrissy says:

    This post came just in time! I am making a few dear friend bags for Christmas and I am not in love with the pattern I have. I will most totally use the Fat Quarter Handbag and the Phoebe bag. Fabulous!

  289. Carolyn Wood says:

    Cranberry and almond scones….Yum!

  290. Kirsten says:

    Such cute little purses! I can’t wait to get started!

  291. Leigh says:

    I LOVE The Phoebe bag! Thanks for posting!

  292. Tori says:

    I love these bags. I made several purses for Christmas gifts this year and now I am addicted!

  293. Laura says:

    I think I might be trying the Phoebe bag someday soon. I like the friendship bag as well.

  294. Desiree says:

    those scones look delicious!

  295. Erica says:

    I look forward to reading each day of fun holiday crafts! Wonderful inspiration!

  296. francesca says:

    jennifer’s orchids in bloom pleated handbag is beautiful – it’s going on my wishlist!

  297. Tawny Bee says:

    I really want to make a really big catch all kind of bag to hold all my Christmas extras, like wrapping, tags and ribbons. Maybe I’ll get started on that after all the other Christmas sewing I’ve got planned. 🙂

  298. Jennb75 says:

    I want to make all those purses!! I love them all!!

  299. LisaAlso says:

    That little house pouch is too sweet!

  300. Kimberly B says:

    Thanks SMS for all of the great ideas. Keep them coming!

  301. Emily Dawn says:

    Man I want a new bag, I need just to make one….

  302. Elle says:

    Bags!! Whoopee! I think I’ll try the Phoebe bag first.

  303. Love the Phoebe bag! and that Fat Quarter Handbag, especially in that red!

  304. beverly says:

    I know a little girl who will just love the house pouch. Great stuff! Thanks!

  305. JD says:

    Mmmmm… scones….

  306. Southern Gal says:

    I think I’m in love with that first bag! May be trying that instead of another pattern I have for Christmas gifts.

  307. Jody says:

    I have just started a phoebe bag and am ♥’ing the pattern! The friendship bag looks like something I might have to make too ☺

  308. Deanne says:

    My daughter recently started making adorable plush creatures. She would definitely enjoy a book about them. Thank your for yet another wonderful give-away. 😀

  309. Thanks for sharing the recipe for cranberry and almond scones–I’m definitely making some this weekend.

  310. ChrissyB says:

    Love all the bags! With a family full of women, these will come in handy for making Christmas gifts. Thanks so much!

  311. brittany says:

    loving the phoebe bag!

  312. April says:

    I made the fat quarter handbag for my roommate’s birthday gift this year, and she loved it! It really is a great bag.

  313. Caroline says:

    I will have to make some of these! They are all so cute!

  314. Krista says:

    i love that fat quarter bag, but that house clutch is too cute! i don’t know which one i will try first.

  315. BrendaDe says:

    great bag ideas!

  316. Jennifer says:

    I love the Little House Pouch! What a cute idea! (Why can’t I ever think up things like that???)

  317. MegSteph says:

    LOVE the Phoebe bag!

  318. Stacy says:

    I love the fat quarter bag!

  319. Liz says:

    Bags – what lovely bags!

  320. kelly jo says:

    Loving that book! Too cute! I would love that gift certificate more though! Definitely making a Phoebe bag or two for Christmas gifts – and the little house pouch for my daughter!

  321. Sandra says:

    Absolutely wonderful! This is SO enjoyable, visiting SMS and then venturing off to blogs unknown…to me, at least…and having lovely pre-Christmas visits. Thanks for including a variety of projects that include a gamut of skill ranges.

  322. Christine says:

    I’ve been sewing lots of holiday gifts because of the fab ideas on the last 2 months of posts. I just love this blog!

  323. I love bags, any shape, any size, bags just make me happy. So today’s projects are just the best! And scones- those look fabulous! Thanks again for another great day of Handmade Holidays.

  324. Laura says:

    Mmm! Scones! And that little house is soo cute.

  325. Allison says:

    I want to make a Phoebe bag and a little house pouch. They both look super-cool!

  326. Ariane says:

    These are such great bag patterns. I love to make bags. They always make a wonderful gift.

  327. emily says:

    Quilted bags and cranberry almond scones! Could this blog get any yummier??

  328. Marilyn says:

    Oh I love them all! I need a new bag, so I think I will get started!

  329. Elizabeth says:

    That little house pouch is adorable! And scones are always delicious–especially with tea in these cold winter months!

  330. Sissy says:

    Yummmmmmmm…almond scones just found a spot on my to-do list!

  331. Sara says:

    I’ve used the friendship bag tutorial before – it’s great!

  332. SewLindaAnn says:

    Whew, I’m so glad I could post today. Yesterday there was no screen for a reply after the flurry of comments!! Today I love the purses and plan on checking out all the tutorials. That little house purse is adorable!! I also love the printout lacy designs. Thanks!!

  333. Lorene says:

    Love the phoebe bag!

  334. Alexa says:

    oh those felt purses are so cute 🙂 and again such a great recipe!

  335. Missie says:

    I love the fuzzy felt bags and the cranberry scones. Yummy!

  336. Julie says:

    I love these bags!

  337. Julia Gabriel says:

    Thank you for the Pheobe Bag pdf! I have a fabric I have been saving for just the right thing and this looks like it’s the one!!

  338. Caitlin T. says:

    that recipe looks delicious and i love jennifer ladd’s work!


  339. Angela says:

    I love that little clutch! It would be a perfect gift for my sister-in-law!

  340. mary says:

    Hehe. The Plush-o-rama book made me giggle. Very cool collection of bags today!

  341. cinzia allocca says:

    This is a theme close to my heart! I’ve been on a bag making frenzy lately. Thanks for more great ideas!

  342. Christine says:

    Awesome bags that would make great gifts! Yeah!

  343. Denise says:

    Thank you so much for posting these. I’m teaching my daughter how to sew and she will love using these patterns – especially that Phoebe bag! Thanks for all you do!

  344. Debra says:

    Great looking bags….a girl can never have to many bags!! 🙂

  345. Terri says:

    Little House Pouch rocks!!!! : )
    Plush-O-Rama too cool!!!

  346. Becky says:

    I love that Little House pouch! 🙂

  347. Jenny says:

    oh that little house cluth is a must! thanks for this great month of inspiration.

  348. Rebecca says:

    Love the Phoebe bag, I’ll be trying this pattern! Thanks!

  349. Katie B says:

    I’m definitely putting the Phoebe bag on my to-make list!

  350. MsCleaver says:

    The Phebe bag is so sleek!

  351. Ruth says:

    Very neat bags! And I really want to make the scones!

  352. April says:

    I adore the fat quarter bag. It is yo die for, well maybe not die for but it is pretty awesome.

  353. Lauren says:

    The Phoebe Bag is super cute, lately I’m such a sucker for bag tutorials, seriously can’t get enough of them.

  354. Laura says:

    I have way too many bags that I want to make and now you’ve given me more. Thanks so much! 🙂 The scones look delicious too.

  355. Chandra says:

    I bought fabric to make a purse ages ago. Maybe these cute patterns will inspire me to actually execute the plan.

  356. Giulia says:

    Friendship bag!!!! done that!!!!

  357. Jessica says:

    I love making bags for gifts.

  358. Sarah says:

    I love making tote bags and am always looking for new renditions.

  359. Trish says:

    I LOVE bags! I think I’m going to make the friendship bag and use it as a gift bag for some handmade baby shower gifts I’m making for a friend of mine – that way, the whole gift will be re-usable for baby! Thank you so much for sharing all of these!

  360. Oh that plushie book! It looks AMAZING! I’m attempting to make my son a plush guitar like his daddy’s guitar hero one.

    It’s alot more difficult than I imagined!

    I am loving all these HH# ideas! Can’t wait to get back home so I can organsie my little studio and start making some stuff!!

  361. Alice S says:

    I’ve made several of the purses and pouches that you featured today. Love that little house pouch! I still have to figures out gifts for my in-laws so I might be making some more purses.

  362. Chels says:

    I’ve been wanting to make the phoebe bag & now I’ll be adding the friendship bag to my to do list as well.

  363. tara says:

    I am a huge fan of Jennifer Lad. She has lots of style!! I am also a big fan of Handmade Holiday!~ I am sewing up a storm!

  364. Mare says:

    I love that print!

  365. Rebmara says:

    I like making bags, these are some ideas to try 🙂

  366. Kate says:

    Can’t wait to make the Phoebe bag! Thanks for the great projects!

  367. Andi says:

    I love the Phoebe Bag! I could definitely see myself making a few of those!

  368. Disrepaired says:

    The Phoebe Bag is gooorgeous!!

  369. Jamey says:

    I love the Phoebe bag! Not that I need another purse, of course…:-)

  370. Sade says:

    Mmm scones are tasty. I love bags a lot!

  371. Love the Fuzzy Felt Flex Frame Purses, they are so cool.

  372. keren says:

    so many wonderful ideas! I absolutely love the Phoebe Bag. hope I get a chance to make one!

  373. Sarah J says:

    Love the friendship bag….. guess what I’ll be making today…

  374. min says:

    I need to make that catch all bag. Looks good. There’s at least one thing per day that seems like something I’d actually do. I think that’s pretty good! You’re picking a great variety.

  375. Bron says:

    fantastic thanks for the chance to win.

  376. Denise says:

    I want to make every bag here! And I will be making the cranberry/almond scones this weekend!! Thanks again

  377. Jaana says:

    Wonderful bags! Now, I know I don’t need five new bags or purses but these are so adorable… 😉

  378. Coleen says:

    I LOVE the plush-o-rama book! It is like it was made for my man child husband (I say that as lovingly as possible).

  379. Shimra says:

    I LOVE bags, totes, purses and wallets of any kind, form or shape.
    And they make great gifts too…

  380. nilly ofan says:

    the little house pouch is very cute. i’m going to try it today.

  381. Amber says:

    Great bags – that clutch is stunning – just beautiful!

  382. Joanna says:

    Plush-O-Rama looks like a really fun book^^
    Thanks for all the fun projects!!

  383. Vic says:

    Seriously, bags have GOT to be the perfect “failsafe” pressie – everybody DOES love (& need, no matter how many you already have…) a new bag.

    I was only yesterday admirint that FQ handbag. Perhaps it’s a sign.

  384. Jacqui says:

    Wow, the Phoebe bag is so stylish, it doesn’t look like a free download! And that fat quarter bag, I recognise it from earlier this year and I loved it back then too! The fabric it’s done in just makes it.

  385. Michelle says:

    You missed the Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae, but I think you may have covered it in one of your previous posts. I love that bag. I love all of the bags you’ve picked above too!

  386. carmel says:

    i totaly love the fat quarter hand bag!

  387. Silvia says:

    Beautiful tags and delicious Cranberry & Almond Scones!!

  388. sofie says:

    yow! I want to make it all! I’m going to have to stop sleeping between now and xmas if you don’t stop posting such yummy patterns!

  389. Tammy says:

    Phoebe is on my must do list!

  390. Candy says:

    Loving these! Especially the applique version of the artsy craftsy babe’s bag! But this whole MONTH rocks!

  391. bruinbr says:

    Can’t wait to try the fat quarter bag and I love those lacey printable tags too!

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