Jumpin’ on the Bag Bandwagon

Bag and purse patterns seem to have exploded upon the quilters and home sewers the last few years.  I watched from the side lines, as people all over sewed bag after bag.

I read blog posts of people showing the 30 bags that they had made the previous year.

I wondered what all the fuss was about and what did people do with all these bags when they are finished?

In the meantime, I had been collecting large-scale print fabrics.   Most were made into quilts, but I would catch myself thinking, “That print would be perfect for a bag.”  So, eventually I decided to try making a bag myself.   I have to say I had fun making it and was pleased to have a finished product by the end of the evening.   I then set out to tweak the pattern, and after 7 or 8 prototypes, here is what I’ve come up with:

I ended up with so many options in the pattern, that I had to have lots of pictures on the pattern front.  The options include:

1. Three sizes

2.  Four interior pocket options

3.  Multiple handle options and lengths

4.  Grommet and button details that give an up-scale look.

After finally settling on the details for this pattern, I put off publishing it because it would require people on the front cover.  I was used to photographing quilts and props.  That was hard enough for me, but quilts are so much easier to arrange than people.  Plus, what people would willingly volunteer to be on the cover?

I love featuring my nieces and nephews on pattern covers, so I asked if my niece Isabella would be one of my models.  I then begged my sister to hold one of the other bags.  There are three size bags in the pattern, so that left me as the other “model”.  Bella’s momma was left to take the picture for us.

We started with trying to pose, smile for the camera and make Isabella laugh.

This picture would have worked, but why is my hand behind Bella’s head?


I liked this photo, where we look a little less posed – more natural.

I shows the three sizes of the bag well.

The large size works well as a knitting bag or large purse.

The medium is the size purse I would run around with while running errands or something.

The small purse works as a clutch size for an adult or as a girl’s purse.

What this picture doesn’t show well enough is the handles and the finishing details.  So, I snapped a few more pictures to show more of the details.

With this shot of the large purse, you can see the chic shaping of the purse, the pleats at the bottom that will give you some space inside the purse, the two long handles, large grommets, and the buttons that attach the straps.  You could also do two short handles, instead of the two long ones.  You can also do four short handles, like this:

But wait, there is yet another handle option –

Here’s another shot of the small purse, showing the convertible handle option.   It can be held like this:

Or thrown over your shoulder like this.  I love this because you don’t have to decide between making a short handle or a long handle – You get them both!!!

By the way, I have an easy technique for making those cute pointed ends on the handle.  And a simple method for making those grommets stay put.

Of all the shots taken that day, I think this is my favorite shot.   Isabella is now six, and though I would like to, she has outgrown the age where I get to pick her up and hold her.  Just for a few minutes that day, I picked her up and we snapped a few pictures.

Her expression soon changed – and I recognized that expression because my kid brother (her dad) spent the first 10 years of his life wearing that mischievous expression.  Before I knew it, I was getting a zerbert.

Let’s just say the “photo shoot” went down hill from there.

So there you have it.  The Bella Bag.

Bella in Italian means beautiful.

Beautiful Bella, Beautiful bag.

So, as usual, I want to share a little of the Bella Bag with you.  I’ll keep the Bella and you can win the Bag pattern.

How does that sound?

Just leave a comment if you want to be entered to win and I’ll draw a few names next Wednesday when the pattern inserts arrive.

~ Ciao Baby!  ~

(please note that this drawing is now closed)

About Heather Peterson

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243 Responses to Jumpin’ on the Bag Bandwagon

  1. Ashley says:

    That is a beautiful bag!

  2. Jasmine says:

    Love the bag! I have some chocolate and teal fabric and I think it has Bella Bag written all over it!

  3. noolygirl says:

    ooh! Count me in! How cute is that bag!!!
    and what a beautiful child!!!!

  4. martinmosaics says:

    I am continually amazed and delighted by your sense of design. I am about to begin your “Center of Attention” quilt from “Stop, Drop, And Roll.” But, I am using a Paris France theme. Have beautiful turquoise and red Eiffel Tower fabric as the central fabric. It is for my dad for Christmas next year. He and his wife got engaged in Paris and it is one of their favorite places. I’m excited to begin. I only wish I could crank them out as fast as you do! 😀

  5. Sandi says:

    That is a beautiful bag (and a really cute niece)! What do the pockets look like? I love making bags and would really like to get my hands on your new pattern.

  6. Very cute… I LOVE the convertable handles…long handles are better for children in tow but it is nice to carry handle and have something more feminine when sans kids.

  7. It’s great! I love the convertible strap. And, the pictures are so adorable!

  8. Lotta says:

    I love that bag!! I want to make it now! And with so many options it will be hard to choose.
    Please, let it be my turn to win!
    Lotta in Sweden

  9. PB from MN says:

    This is a beautiful bag pattern. I like the options that you have with it.

    The picture of you and your niece (giving a “zerbert”) is precious and should be on the pattern. It is priceless.

  10. midmainecustomcabinetry says:

    your bag is so pretty!! again, i am logged in as my husband, my blog is
    and my email is luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

    thank you heather


  11. Jewel says:

    Adorable Bags… and adorable Bella 🙂

  12. QuiltyTrish says:

    I would LOVE to win this bag pattern. My little girl, who has four legs and a curly tail, is named Arabella, but that gets shortened to Bella. I could carry her in the large bag!!

  13. Kathleen says:

    I love the bag! Very stylish, and so many options. I’d been toying with the idea of making one, since there are so many patterns out there, but so many of them look like…well,…. bags. Yours has much more style. Good job, Heather!
    Love all the photo options~~your Bella is very bella.

  14. Amy says:

    I love this bag!! All the options are just great – really makes it very functional. And totally stylish. I could see making these for me, my daughter, and lots of other friends and family. I think you hit a home run!

  15. Christy says:

    Too cute-the bags and all the beautiful ladies! Thanks for sharing-I always love these sneak peeks!

  16. Cathy McMann says:

    Very nice bag, I like all the options. I’ve been afraid of grommets but you have good directions in your patterns so that’s reassuring.

    You have a photogenic family. You could press them into service more often!

  17. Ginny Worden says:

    What fun.

  18. Eunice says:

    Great photo shoot! The bags and models are beautiful.

  19. Danielle says:

    I love the bags, they are awesome! I have made several bags, but none with grommets yet, so yours would be the first. Your pictures are great… you can tell Bella is a charmer!

  20. Carol Broughton says:

    Love the new bag and the options are wonderful! Your niece is adorable and a great little model.

  21. Susanne says:

    You have made a very beautiful bag and I would love to get a copy of it!!
    Your models are very good!

  22. Rita says:

    What a great looking bag. I can’t wait to give this pattern a try!

  23. Kelly O. says:

    seriously a bag pattern I would ACTUALLY like to try!!
    I too have watched from the sidelines thinking “ummmm…..a bag? I think it will be too tough and not worth it!”
    but this bag has all the options I would want in a bag–LOVe the pattern. will be buying said pattern 🙂

  24. Belinda says:

    Great bag! Great options! Great photos! Would very much love to have the pattern!

  25. Angela says:

    Love the bags! This will definitely go on my “to purchase” list.

  26. Danielle says:

    Great designs – you really put a lot of thought into what you wanted.

  27. Anya says:

    Lovely bag! Thanks for the chance.

  28. Marisa says:

    What a cute bag! I love all the different options especially for the handles!

  29. Nancy E says:

    Very nice bags! Great photos,too!

  30. Denise says:

    Love this bag. It has so many options-size, handles, pockets etc. Really looks pretty in your fabric choices too.

  31. kelly says:

    Love this bag! 🙂 can’t wait to be able to purchase the pattern…

  32. Tammy says:

    Love the bag and I love your patterns, they are so easy to read and follow. Even if I don’t win, I’ll be getting that pattern as soon as it’s out for sale!!

  33. Barb Colvin says:

    My granddaughter is Izabella (z instead of s), I know she would love to have a Bella purse. I love all the options and the great photos, too.

  34. Carrie says:

    Great bag! I love the giant grommets!

  35. Katie says:

    Such a great bag – love it! The “outtake’ photos are adorable too!

  36. Melissa C says:

    Love the bags and it looks like it was a fun photo shoot.

  37. Jenny says:

    i love all the pics…you all look so lovely! you chose v well. id love to jump on this bandwagon with you for my first bag!

  38. Jessie says:

    I have been looking for a new bag pattern and this one is perfect! It is such a beautiful bag!

  39. Jocelyn says:

    Oh wow Heather you have a bag pattern! I love the models you chose 😉

  40. beth says:

    Oh – the purses are beautiful. Would love to try out that pattern.

  41. Amy says:

    I love your Bella bag!! Great choice of fabrics too.

  42. SO, I am one of those baggie junkies…I admit it. Perhaps I need to joing a therapy group: Hi, I am from Dandelion Quilts and I love bags. I just cleaned out my patterns and sorted them. I have more bag patterns than any other type of pattern. I love them all.

    I love the prints you picked for yours. And all of the possiblilities in your pattern. A girl likes choices.

  43. Lisa says:

    Count me in! Your bags are adorable !!

  44. Sheila says:

    What a lovely bag – – – and so many possibilites.
    Please enter me into your draw – thank you.

  45. kay morrison says:

    love, love, love the bag! and your darling niece too!

  46. audrey says:

    I love those giant grommets!! I love all the differetn versions too!

  47. Lynda says:

    Love the Bella Bag!!! I would SO love a pattern to make one. The grommets are *awesome*

  48. Jennifer says:

    What a great bag! I love all the options, but what I really love is the story of the photo shoot!

  49. Jodi E says:

    Fun all the way around! Very FUN bag, FUN photo shoot and FUN to share with all of us…Thanks!

  50. BFromM says:

    I love the pattern. It’s got a lot of details, but not too many. I have a question. Is it easy to find those giant grommets? They make the bag!

  51. Cindy says:

    I’ve made 3 bags this month. I can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern. Thanks

  52. Love the bag and that adorable Bella!! I love your designs and your blog!

  53. Karen says:

    Great bag! The photos are wonderful. Looks like you made some great memories!

  54. What a fun photo shoot! Love the colors, love the fabrics, love the bags! Isabella is just darling, and what a fun age! Thanks for a chance to win the pattern…I do love bags!


  55. Anna says:

    Beautiful bags, I’d love to win your pattern!

  56. di says:

    Lovely! The bag is really nice, because it’s different. The handles and straps make it stand out from the crowd. I teach at my lqs and “bags” is one class I offer quite often – it will be nice to have s new option for my students! Oh, and the photo shoot – simply charming!

  57. Margaret says:

    Love the bags and the fabric selections. Those big grommets are lovely too — are they hard to find?

  58. lizzie clarke says:

    What a beautiful bag! You can never have enough!

  59. Terry says:

    I am always amazed when I read your blog. I would love to have this bag!

  60. Diane says:

    I love the bag – especially the handle options.

  61. maureen says:

    Love the bag pattern. Thanks for the a great preview look at it!

  62. Jane Weston says:

    Gorgeous pictures! and beautiful bags. I love the idea of the adjustable strap!..that looks so handy!

  63. Louise says:

    Very nice bag and options. Thanks for sharing the photo shoot. What fun you had!!

  64. Teresa says:


  65. corinnea says:

    What a fun photo shoot!
    The bag has a lot of nice options. Thanks for a chance to win!

  66. Carol Lewis says:

    What a cute bag, I love it! Bella! Let me welcome you to the wonderful world of bag making. I would be so happy to win one of these patterns. I love making bags and this is one of the best patterns I’ve seen in a long time.

  67. Jenn says:

    That looks like such a fun day with your neice and sister! And now you have something to remember what looked like a great adventure:) And such cute bags to boot! Love em!

  68. Marj says:

    The Bella Bag is beautiful, I love the grommets. Thank you for the chance to win one, Marj

  69. Francisca R says:

    You must have had lots of fun during this photoshoot! I LOVE the bags, especially the BIG one!
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win!
    vrolijke groeten
    from the Netherlands!

  70. Mary-Kay says:

    I love the bag details, the grommets and buttons. And your pictures are great as usual. i really like the one of you and your niece when she gives you the “zerbert”. And the next one when you are laughing. That’s how it would end up at my house. Nobody can ever be serious.

  71. Gitte A. says:

    Love the bags. It seems like you had lots of fun during the photo session. I really enjoyed reading this post.

  72. Joy P says:

    Aren’t nieces wonderful to have! Looks like you all had lots of fun during the photo shoot. And your new bag pattern is very cute.

  73. Donnelly says:

    Beautiful bag! My favorite photo is the “zerbert” one. How fun. Thanks for the giveaway. Have a great weekend!

  74. Mary Durham says:

    Love the bags! Thanks for the chance to win.

  75. Laurie says:

    Bag is great! Thanks for a new pattern – and what fun your photo shoot must have been. What great memories of your first bag pattern~

  76. DianeY says:

    Your bags are so beautiful-what a great choice of fabrics. Love the option of 2 short handles or one long! Are those big grommets easy to find-I don’t believe I’ve ever seen them before!

  77. Koye Hendrix says:

    I love, love this little bag. So cute and so are your pictures. I love all you patterns and have just purchased three of your books so I need to get to quilting. Please pick my name on your giveaway. Koye

  78. Kelly Ann says:

    I love the non-posed shots..they made me giggle…Our cat is Izzy-B and I am forever calling her Bella…those bags are so stinkin’ cute…

  79. Holly says:

    I love the bag in all the sizes! I haven’t been brave enough to try grommets yet.

  80. Jolene says:

    I love the idea of getting more than one size with different options in one pattern. Super cute!

  81. Molly says:

    Cute bags, Heather! I haven’t made a bag since that one I bought the pattern for up at Shelly’s cabin! It’s about time I make another! 🙂

  82. Ginny says:

    Love the bag. I want to make some in some Olive Rose fabric I just bought.

  83. Sally says:

    Love that bag and I know my 6 year old granddaughter would too!

  84. Christy Q says:

    Gorgeous bags – I really like the ones you were modeling. Would love a chance to enter and win!

  85. Alexandra Wellington says:

    Beautiful bags, nice shape, excellent options for sizes and handles. They have personality. I love that the photos show family, that is what sewing is all about to me, all of us getting involved.

  86. Cheryl says:

    You did it again . . . what a talent you have! The bag is absolutely beautiful and love the options. Can’t wait to purchase the pattern. Great pictures too.

  87. Kathy Jones says:


    I love this bag pattern and want to purchase it ASAP.
    I would love to win one, too.

  88. It looks like you all were having such FUN during the photo shoot! I love the bag and would be honored to win it!

  89. Abby says:

    I love the bag! I started quilting after making bags for awhile. I would love this pattern!

  90. timelady says:

    That is magic – and your Isabella has the same mischievous grin as my Genevra (she is now 8).

    Fantastic to find versatile bag patterns. My sewing sisterhood and i (we had to have a name!) are using scraps and leftover bits to make items for a stall a few times a ear – to cover the cost of our material addiction. These bags would go like hotcakes!

    It has been hard finding a large stylish bag option too…wish I had had the pattern when I was trying to design a bag for the back of my wheelchair (I came up with one, but I LOVE this design too!)

    Hmm, interchangeable wheelchair fashion;))))

  91. Shaun says:

    I love, love, love this bag!!! I hope I win this giveaway but if I don’t I’m buying this pattern asap. I’ve made several bags but this looks like it will be my new favorite. I’m glad my sisters and daughter-in-law don’t read quilting blogs or they’d figure out what they’re getting on their next birthday!

  92. Karen44 says:

    Hi Heather,
    I’ve been wanting to use grommets on a bag and your pattern is lovely. I can see it in a very lavish silk (using the small version) as a dressy bag. The possibilities are endless.

  93. jane says:

    Lovely photos, lovely girls, lovely bags! Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Kate says:

    How cute! I names my cat Bella cos she is beautiful too, so a bag named the same would be fab!

  95. Margaret says:

    I love all the versions of the bag and the fabrics you used! And I especially love all the pictures and your models for the shoot! Your niece is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win a bag.

  96. Loved seeing the photo shoots. All three of you ladies are very photogenic. I have the perfect fabric for the large bag. Now I know why I bought the fabric 🙂

  97. dot says:

    I absolutely love this bag pattern! Can’t wait to get it and would definitely love a chance to win! Thanks, Heather!

  98. CAROL says:

    I love your bags – I can’t believe that you get that many versions in one pattern. I would love to win a pattern! Thanks for chance Heather!

  99. Robyn Brown says:

    sounds like you’re getting the better end of the bargain but I’ll still throw my name in the hat. ;0)

  100. Gwen Roen says:

    I’m ready to make one – love the options!

  101. Mandy says:

    beautiful! And I have some Amy Butler that I have no idea what to do with so I think a bag would be great!

  102. Elyte says:

    A truly delightful project with lots of options for the many sewers with their individual tastes. With these options it will stand the test of time. Many thanks

  103. Kathie Laposata says:

    Very nice. I particularly like the convertible handle idea.
    Kathie L in Allentown

  104. Jana says:

    CUTE Bags!!!! I have enjoyed using the bags I have made this past year. I am going to need this pattern to make a new bag for spring!

  105. Rebecca Woods says:

    Lurve the bags Heather. I think I will start keeping my eyes peeled for some large print fabrics. I can see a couple of those bags in my future. And my daughters. And maybe my sisters and nieces. 🙂

  106. Tammy Lewis says:

    I love the bags! I also like how you give several options so we can “personalize” it ! I need to make at least 2 to start–they look addicting!

  107. Darlis says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win. The bag is beautiful. Like all the choices in the pattern. You are so talented. Thank you.

  108. Polly Monica says:

    I love making bags and would love to win! Your new bag is really classy! I like that you can wear the strap several ways! Good job YOU!! 🙂

  109. Katie B says:

    I love these bags! The grommets are fantastic.

  110. AnnieO says:

    I’ve hesitated to get on the bag wagon too, but I do love your pattern! Thanks for having a giveaway, please enter me for a chance to win!

  111. Anne says:

    These bags are gorgeous. I love the different options for them all, it’s not something you often see.

  112. Randee says:

    I love making bags and have made many. I would love to win your bag. It has so many options and is really classy, love the handles! Thanks for the giveaway!

  113. The bags are so cute! I love the large grommets. Thanks so much!

  114. Leslie L says:

    Love your new pattern! Bag patterns always catch my eye. This one looks really cute.

  115. Missy Ann says:

    Love that convertible handle! Love love love!

  116. Karen M says:

    love the bag and especially the grommets for the handles to go through .. would be great for all those wonderful large scale prints that are out there .. great pics …

  117. jessica says:


  118. Kristy says:

    A. DOR. A. BLE Bag!! I have a daughter and a daughter-in-law and we could have such a fun day each making bags together. That’s what I loved about your pictures…you were working…but it was family fun……and really that is what it is ALL about. Kristy in Ohio

  119. Tracy says:

    those bags are awesome! I would love to try making all three sizes. Preferably for gifts but could I even give them away?…I think not!

  120. Joan says:

    I love patterns that have different sizes, this way I can make a purse with a matching tote for work.

  121. mrs doodle says:

    I really like this bag… one of the main reasons is that it is so convertible. I am a mom of a 2 year old and soon to be baby – I like having a bag (and pattern) that I can use for more than one task. I could use this for a small bag for me (when I have to run a quick errand) or for my 2 year old (and her friends:), a large on-the-go diaper bag, and a medium bag for everyday. I like all of the options and the handles – genius! I so hope I win:)

  122. Mary Flynn says:

    I have to comment on the photography every time I visit your blog your photos are just gorgeous! The photography really does make you want that bag!!

  123. Ann says:

    Cute bags and photos!

    I am curious to learn how you put the grommets in… I made a bag with another pattern, thought I was doing a good job securing the grommets, only to have 2 of them pull away. Huge disappointment. I need to fix the bag, but can’t seem to get too excited about it.

  124. Linda says:

    The bags are so pretty–thanks so much for the chance to win….Bella is so lucky to be so loved……

  125. Cathy M says:

    Those are so absolutely darling. Do explain the grommets. I’ve never seen any that size. I like.

  126. Alana says:

    The bags are great! I’m always looking for fun new bag patterns!!!

  127. Linda says:

    What a great bag!! We have been having “Make a Bag Monday” at our local quilt shop every month for almost a year. This would be a great bag to use in that class.

  128. jo says:

    I haven’t caved in to the pressure of making a bag…..your pattern is just the thing to break me into it!

  129. Moneik says:

    Love the Bella Bag and can’t wait to get the pattern so I can make one. Your patterns are always fantastic.

  130. Danith says:

    Great looking pattern – I love the use of grommets and the three different sizes. Can’t wait to find the pattern and make my own Bella Bag!

  131. Beth says:

    When I started reading your blog, I thought you were going to show some bags you made with other people’s patterns. I should have known you would come up with your own darling bag pattern! I think it will be a hit! And Bella is adorable too 🙂

  132. Amy says:

    I really like your bag pattern!!! I have never made anything with grommets before, but I look forward to it.

  133. Leslie Schmidt says:

    What a great design! I keep trying to find a pattern my daughter would like. Maybe this is the one! I especially like the convertible handle option.

  134. Susan says:

    Fabulous bags … and I was just looking at grommets today!

  135. Bloom says:

    What a genius idea to use super-sized grommets! They look fantastic. Very chic & modern. So glad you let your creative hand loose on a bag pattern!

  136. Sharon says:

    I love the bags such a great idea to use the grommets. Looking forward to having a go at the pattern.!

  137. Colleen says:

    I love this pattern.
    I have made lots of bags and this looks like one I am just going to have to have!!!!

  138. Jolyn says:

    looks like another great pattern!

  139. Silvia says:

    The bags are so beautiful!! And the photos are so funny!!!

  140. Tara says:

    Very cute! Bags are like wearable quilts–it’s wonderful when you get compliments on them and can say that it was made by you!

  141. Dana says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a bag for awhile, but haven’t seen a pattern that I love. This is wonderful! Great job!

  142. Janelle J says:

    Great looking bag. I like you have held off and only thought of “gee this fabric would be a cute bag”, but since I love your quilt patterns, I think I might give this a shot. Love having multiple sizes too!

  143. Kim says:

    What a great bag! I make all kinds of quilted bags, but have shyed away from the grommets as I made one and had all kinds of problems with that one! I would love to win this one—as you said you had some hints to keep the grommets in place 🙂 !

  144. Robyn says:

    What a cute bag. Thanks for including all the bag sizes in one pattern! I love the material too!

  145. Becky says:

    I love bags and would love to make your Bella bag….here’s hoping to win!

  146. Maggie says:

    Love the grommet option! I have seen other bags with grommets, but I like yours best!

  147. Love your Bella bags. Looks like you thought of everything to add to this bag. The pictures are great! Bonnie in Tx. baw78413@yahoo.com

  148. Very versatile and very cute Heather! I think you have a winner!

  149. Beverly says:

    I love your new bag pattern and I love the name of it. I am a Bella person—meaning I love that name. I even have shoes named Bella. 🙂
    Way to go!!
    Beverly in WA
    (the gal who married on Friday the 13th, as well)

  150. Paula Wilmarth says:

    I make lots of bags and purses and I just love this Bella bag. The variety of handle options and the three sizes of the bag are great. Can’t wait to buy it unless I’m lucky enough to win!

  151. Gail Lopes says:

    I love the Bella bag! Your photo shoot pictures are so much fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern!


  152. Diane Ruby says:

    With all the bag patterns around, you’ve truly come up with something new and unique. Can’t wait to try it out. I love your fabric selection as well!

  153. Leslie says:

    I adore your new bag patterns! (and your niece too)! I love all of the options to make it just right!!

  154. Claudia from Germany says:

    Lovely bag, lovely ladies! I like the pictures very much and would have found it hard to decide which one to put on the pattern insert!

  155. Kd Courtney says:

    Love this bag! It looks like a great summer bag! We all need a little sunshine right about now! Its time to whip these babies up so they will be ready to go!

  156. Cindy C. says:

    Love having so many options within one fun pattern. I have no idea why – but I’m dreaming of this bag in fall colors. I can do that….LOL

    Isabella, Bella Bag, Beautiful – all THREE are Be-tiful !!

  157. Deb Praus says:

    I don’t know which is more fun, the photo shoot or the bag. I guess I couldn’t win the phot shoot so the the bag would do nicely! Love the handle!!!!! Thanks for the chance.

  158. Shari says:

    Wow – cute bag. The button details are what I like. So many options is a good thing unless you have a problem making decisions!!! In that case you make several.

  159. Nikki says:

    OMGosh!!!!! I love this bag.

  160. A Betty says:

    You had way too much fun with that. The bag and the models are beautiful. I have the perfect fabric for it too. Now, if someone would just make it for me.

  161. Connie says:

    I love them all!

  162. Margie says:

    Great bag pattern – great options. It will be fun to make this one. Thanks for sharing the pictures for the cover.

  163. Deb C says:

    Looks like you all had a blast with the photo shoot. I love the bag. Nice size for traveling without being weighed down. I have a nice Pop Garden print that would look fab on that bag!

  164. Patty says:

    The three of you are perfect models… much better than some ‘stuffy’ professional types. The bag is fabulous… love the three sizes, love all the handle options, love the prints you chose.
    Choose me for your new pattern!!

  165. angie/sweetbabies00 says:

    Your Bella is Beautiful, hehehe. I make alot of bags and I need to try this one.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  166. glenda says:

    Those bags are so cute, and you girls look so like spring!

  167. Jeanne says:

    I love the bag! I am addicted to making bags, and this will have to be in my collection.

  168. Jill Barron says:

    Love it !! Looks like a great pattern!!!

  169. Darcy says:

    Love the new bag! Interested to see how to do the grommets. Very modern touch! 🙂

  170. Kori Ireland says:

    Wow, what a great looking pattern. I love the small bag with handle options the best – great for my daughter and myself. Thanks for the great description of the pattern, I love knowing what all I am getting!

  171. Patti says:

    Cute, cute, cute. What more is there to say?

  172. Kay B says:

    So glad my favorite Quilt designer jumped on the Bag Bandwagon. Would love to win the pattern. A new fabric line and a great new pattern to start the new year.

  173. K. P. says:

    I love the shape of the bag! It is so cute! I especially appreciate how there are so many modifications included in the pattern. It looks like a fun one to make!

  174. SewLindaAnn says:

    Thanks for the photos of your shoot! It was sweet. Love to win the pattern, you did a great job with the pattern and I liked all the fabrics you picked out. I like the strap details a lot.

  175. Julie in WA says:

    What great timing! I, too, have seen a lot of hoopla over hand made bags, and I have been thinking of making one for myself. I love the bag that has the two-length-option-handle. Very cute!

  176. kara says:

    When and where can I buy it? I LOVE the grommets and the short/long handle. Oh, I just love it!!

  177. Mary Jo Larson says:

    I have several bag patterns but this is the best. Win or not I need this pattern. Thanks again for all the great pictures of family and the pattern. Mary Jo

  178. Lyndsay says:

    Very rarely do I see a homemade bag pattern this cute. I’d love to win a copy of this pattern and give it a try. So cute and so fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

  179. Vivian says:

    I hadn’t really been excited about bag patterns but like the ones you’ve done, especially the grommet detail and the convertible handle. So put me in for a chance to win the pattern!

    Even if I don’t win, will the pattern be posted on your website for sale and if so will you show the inside pocket options?

    P.S. In my house a “zerbert” is called a “burble” and is best applied to tummies and forearms!

  180. Julia says:

    Love your new pattern! I’ve got a collection of patterns for bags! I especially love the pictures of you and your little niece! Can tell how much you love her!

  181. Sally says:

    Wonderful site, wonderful photos and wonderful bag pattern. Please put me in the drawing and thanks for the opportunity.

  182. Sandy E. says:

    Just what I needed – A hint of Spring, just around the corner, time to get ready now and start working with bright fabrics to make a bag. I’m looking in my stash for options. The Beautiful Bella bag. Everyone needs one. Thanks!

  183. Darlene B says:

    I loved the pictures of your photo shoot. I remember how our daughters would try to catch their daddy off-guard and give him zerberts when he didn’t expect it! What fun memories!

  184. Kim H says:

    Love your Bella Bag. Would love to win the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

  185. Jane says:

    I LOVE the bag and have been waiting for a bag creation by you!! I too have made many bags, so this will be another added to my pile! I LOVE them!

  186. Christine Rival says:

    Another GREAT pattern!! I love bags and I’ve been waiting to try grommets. Thanks for sharing your photo shoot fun!!

  187. Pam E. - Las Vegas says:

    Love your new bag pattern.

  188. Amy says:

    OOOOOOHHH! Gorgeous purse design and finished bags! Purses are my current obsession – I’ll have to find this pattern one way or another. Hope I can win it, so I can start right away. Please be sure to suggest where to find those huge grommets. Also, I actually KNOW what a “zerbert” is! ha ha

  189. Jan says:

    I love bag patterns and this is great becuase you have so many options. So glad you have ventured into creating bag patterns.

  190. Kris Bair says:

    I love these bags – very cute! The hard part would be deciding which one to do first, I think

  191. Denice says:

    The bags are beautiful. When can we purchase the pattern?

  192. patty says:

    I been bag possessed for a few years…..Love the bag! thanks for contributing to my disease……

  193. sandi says:

    I love that bag and with so many options. I have a new grand daughter her name is kanya annabelle- so it would be cool to make a little purse for her. I have to start my project with lots of time, so if I start now it will be ready when she turns 2 and will need a belle purse. Thanks for your great designs. Sandi

  194. kiki says:

    So excited that you have started doing bag patterns! – Looks like a great bag and I can’t wait to make one!

  195. Jaylene says:

    What a cute bag pattern. I can see so many possibilities with it. Love it!

  196. Karen says:

    I have been tempted to jump on the “bag bandwagon” many times but haven’t found the perfect pattern yet…. I think I just did! I love the handle options and grommets. Very fashionable!

  197. Renee says:

    Love the bag and what great pics!

  198. Doris says:

    Great Bags, Heather! Would love to win a pattern!

  199. Lola says:

    I love the bag! It is a pattern I will definitely buy. I love the different options of sizes and handles.

  200. JoAnne says:

    Nice bag, fun pictures. I always enjoy your blog. Yes, enter me to win the pattern, please.

  201. ariadne says:


    lindas bolsas,parabens



  202. Judy W says:

    I must be one of the few who have made only one bag or less. Not that I don’t want to, perhaps just didn’t find the right pattern. It looks great.

  203. Trudi says:

    Love the bag! And what fun you had during your photo shoot too!

  204. Lisa Dodson says:

    I have never sewn a bag but after seeing your bag pattern I am ready to become a “bag lady”.

  205. Sondra says:

    Love the bag pattern! How clever to give so many options in one pattern.

  206. Roseann says:

    Love the bag pattern, Heather. Cute photos too. I will have to add this to my bag pattern collection. They don’t call me the bag lady for nothin!

  207. LIN says:

    love it – I want to make one

  208. kersten says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun shooting! It really is a beautiful bag. You seriously have so much talent…quilting, knitting, bags, remodeling…where does it end? Amazing!

  209. Kim D. says:

    Very cute bag and I agree it looks like you had a lot of fun posing for the photo’s.

  210. Karen Rabadan says:

    Great bag. Very versatile

  211. Cindy S. says:

    I love the grommets on the purses! What a fun detail that really makes the purse look very classy. Love your patterns and would be thrilled to have this one!

  212. Liz Arbaugh says:

    Lovely bags! I admit, I have an obsession with bag patterns and I can see that I will have to add this one to my collection. I LOVE the pictures with Bella….looks like everybody had too much fun!

  213. Christine Thomas says:

    You betcha, enter me, please. The bags are great looking.

  214. Shirl says:

    Love the bag! You and your family look like you have a lot of fun together.

  215. Julianna says:

    I love those grommets and it would be a perfect size for my little girl and a new diaper bag for the latest girl being born in May.

  216. Karen Sikes says:

    Love the bags and the family pictures….

  217. Jen says:

    LOVE the bag! LOVE the pictures! I love the bag because there 3 sizes to choose from and I can make one for my 4 year old daughter who is turning into a bag diva.

  218. Sue says:

    As with everything you create, it’s wonderful! I especially like the handles and the bow.

  219. Linda P. says:

    I absolutely love the bag Heather – glad you jumped in, there is always room for one more! Yours looks very fresh and unique. Loved the pictures of the process of photos but especially the last ones with you and Isabella. Perfect name for your bag and your neice is beautiful as well. Great that there are so many options!

  220. Connie says:

    Now that is a bag I would make. I really like the grommets, 3 size option and different style handles.

  221. Sue says:

    Love the bag. I am one of those thirty bags in a year people. I particularly like the use of the grommets! Sue

  222. Mary Ellen says:

    This is my idea of a purse pattern. What a nice variety of options to implement, so I don’t have to revise the pattern (which never goes smoothly for me). The Bella would be perfect in your Flower fabric.

  223. Cindi says:

    Cute bags and models too!

  224. Rose Marie says:

    I love the bag and the fact that it has so many options. Lovely pictures and love the pictures of you and your neice.

  225. Cathie says:

    I absolutely LOVE bags, Heather! But, more importantly than that, my Himalayan cat is named Bella, and she is beautiful. Just like your bag! My email address is also named after her. I am currently making the Ashley Tote using your Wildflower fabric.

  226. Sharlene says:

    Yes, I NEED another bag! It’s great-I love all the options-your pattern can’t be available soon enough!

  227. Sharon says:

    That is a beautiful bag pattern. I _need_ it!

  228. Shirley says:

    I love your new bag pattern and the fabrics you made them in. Your pictures came out so well.

  229. Kim says:

    LOVE… your bag design andI know just who to make this bag for in some fun spring fabric, just in time for Easter! Thanks for another great giveaway and always look forward to your next project…design, fabric line, pattern, etc!

  230. Jan says:

    Super bags~ love all the options included!

    Super photos~you will always cherish those!

    Your wealth of creativity and ideas are beyond amazing!

  231. Marilyn Smith says:

    Loving your site and your bags. Cloth bags have always been my favorites. These are fantastic and just so different. Great fabrics too!


  232. Gloria Lundblad says:

    Wow! There are so many bag patterns out there that I haven’t been able to decide which one to do. Now I know! Your design is great and I especially like the convertible handle idea. I hope I’ll win a pattern, but if not…are they available now?

  233. Marcy says:

    I am truly amazed with how many projects you complete in such a short time. I am so envious of your talent and not to mention time. Loving the new bag look as well.

  234. shropshirelass1 says:

    Love the bags! I’m just the same and need to get making my own bags. This could be the kick start I need.

  235. Marie says:

    WOW! Bella, bella, bella. How ingenious to use the popular giant grommets commonly used on curtains. And I LOVE the choice of fabrics. This bag has style written all over it. Can’t wait to try your techniques.

  236. kspin says:

    I’d love to be part of your drawing! I’ve recently found your blog and I absolutely love your designs! Your patterns are gorgeous!

  237. Bev C says:

    Wow ,this is a beautiful bag. I can see the family resemblance amonst you all. Happy days.

  238. Val says:

    I would LOVE to win this pattern! Great job on it. I really love the look of these bags!

  239. Denita says:

    What a fun pattern. I love all the different options.!! I love to make bags so will have this pattern on my list for the next trip to the quilt shop.

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