It’s in the Bag Blog Hop with byAnnie

All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik to fulfill my role as an IB Ambassador.

Welcome to my stop on the  Island Batik “It’s in the bag blog hop”.  Today fellow IBA MaryMack and I are featuring fabrics from the Sunset Plumes Collection designed by Kathy Engle.  It is a Spring 2020 collection and yardage will be shipping to your local quilt shops this month.  Not sure where to find Island Batik fabrics?  Visit the store locator  and type in your zip code and radius.

This month we are also featuring bag patterns from byAnnie and I chose the pattern Contain Yourself. Recently I moved a wire storage rack into my sewing room and these baskets were a perfect addition, now I just need to make more.  byAnnie sent everything I needed to complete this challenge, Soft and Stable (which is like a foam/batting combination) , the pattern booklet, and a roll of clear vinyl for the basket labels. I’ve never been a pattern reader but I was able to follow along  the step by step instructions without getting confused.

In addition to the patterns they offer Add-On Videos that support specific parts of byAnnie patterns and are available for 35 patterns at this point.  Inside the pattern pack is a code to receive the Add-On Video free (if available for the specific bag)  with  tips and suggestions relevant to the pattern.

The pattern includes directions for making 3 sizes and a there is enough fabric for a bonus basket.

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Island Batik sent two fabrics, one yard each for the lining and shell of the baskets.

The shell fabric, it is so pretty.

The directions include diagrams (for those who are more visual like me) as well as written instructions for 3 sizes.  And my favorite part of the pattern,  instruction for making baskets in sizes to fit your specific need. Below is the lining fabric cut into an I and ready to stitch together. The white is the shell fabric  layered with the Soft n Stable and ready for stitching, then it’s cut to the same I shape as the green lining fabric.bloghop, islandbatik, byannie, baskets

The pattern also included these handy labels which I will admit to not using since I made one bag at a time start to finish.  byannie, islandbatik


Sunset Plumes Collection

This collection is absolutely beautiful and you will see more of it next month when I reveal my October project.

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The medium bag on the right is a perfect size to store fat quarters. The small basket in the center is perfect for 2 1/2″ squares and the small basket on the left contains binder clips.

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The large basket is perfect for and is now home to my Island Batik scraps.

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Don’t you just love the shell fabric? The medium bag  I decided to do a little straight line diagonal quilting and suspect the large bag would look less floppy had I quilted it too. I do recommend you fold the top trim and stitch it down because it seems to sturdy the top.

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For quilting I used threads by Aurifil, they blended perfectly with the shell fabric.

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The side pieces that are cut out to form the I shape, I turned them into mug rugs. No waste here.

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And here they are in their new home.

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  1. Hi Denise! Now that is a bag I could get behind! The other bags that have been shared are fabulous but I just don’t use bags all that often – but a container! That is cool. And I adore this line of IB fabrics. It turned out just great. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • I’m not much of a bag collector. I have 1 purse style that I love so much I purchased them in 4 colors, they’re leather and will last forever. Mostly I just grab my wallet, keys and sunglasses and I am good to go. The containers were really easy to make and I plan on making more in custom sizes as time allows. Thank you for stopping by today and sharing a smile.

  2. I’m in the middle of making one of Annie’s baskets to use for scraps. The bag pattern has wonderful pockets in and out of the bag/basket. Hum, seeing Contain Yourself I just might want to use that one…

    • Sounds wonderful. The only pocket this pattern has is the label pocket on the front. As time allows I will be making more to put on my shelves. The med and small containers would be perfect to support a gift such as soaps in the sm. or even fat quarter bundles in the med. which seems to be made for them.

  3. I love your containers! I’ve been wanting to make some fabric bins for my sewing room, I might have to try this pattern!

    • They are a lot prettier than the wire baskets I have been using. The pattern was really easy to follow and you Juki will sail right through the heavy seams.

  4. These look great! Such pretty fabrics!

  5. They are so lovely. I need to make some of those for my IB scraps! I love the bright and deep colors of sunset plumes.

    • They certainly are and I really loved the shell fabric. My mind has been busy trying to figure out how I could use that one fabric in a quilt.

  6. I love the boxes/containers. Love the various sizes too.

  7. Great bags for organizing.

  8. Great bags!!! I love pretty things like these that are also useful!!!

    • Thank you, so glad you stopped by again. Hope you are doing well and have fully recovered from your surgery.

  9. Quilting changed my life…I now do longarm quilting for others instead of being a bored, retired teacher!

  10. sallymankefiberartist

    Your containers are so pretty and practical. I love that the pattern has such a variety of sizes. Your studio will definitely look like a quilter works there!

  11. Love your bags. I have
    similar bags to hold
    lots of goodies.
    Carla from Utah

    • I love them and am thinking of other uses around the house. for instance the med sized is perfect for washcloths in the bathroom since I fold them in a square.

  12. Great baskets Denise and yes that shell fabric is super pretty. 🙂

  13. That fabric is so gorgeous that if I knew where you lived I might sneak over and grab some. ? What lovely baskets it made! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  14. Carolyn Montgomery
    Carolyn Montgomery

    i love these baskets and also the project bag. batiks make every thing better

  15. i love these baskets and all things batik

  16. […] Contain Yourself by Denise Looney of For the Love of Geese […]

  17. These look so handy for storage, and I agree that outer fabric is sew pretty! I’ll have to add that to my list. Have a great weekend!

  18. The shell fabric is gorgeous and so are all your great baskets. How much fun is it to get organized in such a bright, cheery way.

  19. Hi Denise, I love those bags. They look really great on your shelf. After seeing a lot of the bags made during this hop, I went to Annie’s website and got the free Easy Does It bag. I figure that if I don’t hate making it, then I just might join in the fun and make my own bags. Bag making is a lot more fiddly than I usually care to sew but I really, really love purses, so making the perfect purse\bag is an incentive to try! Take care.

    • Hmm, I’ll have to go check that bag out though I’m not much of a bag collector. I have one style of purse that I love in 4 or 5 colors and that is it for me. Glad you stopped by and the hop provided some inspiration. I almost have a package ready for you so I will be in contact soon.

  20. […] Remember the “It’s in the Bag Blog Hop with byAnnie” from back in September? The Island Batik Collection I was assigned for the hop was Sunset Plumes designed by Kathy Engle but I only used two fabrics from the collection. You can see that post here. […]

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