A Little Frankenbag Construction

I’m doing a very quick post tonight because I have to get up waaaay too early in the morning.

I decided after our walk tonight that I would quilt the Aboriginal fabric Frankenbag panels that I made a couple weeks ago. So I finished making the quilt sandwiches and got to stitching.

GAH! Those fabrics! I just love working with them.

I got both panels quilted up pretty quickly with just straight line quilting so I went ahead and made the handles and finished constructing the outer bag.

Unfortunately, I realized that I had twisted one of he handles when I basted them on, so had to fix it before proceeding. It was actually a good time to find this mistake.

Here’s the front and back of the bag at this point.

I laughed as I was working on this tonight because it’s been so long since I made one of these, I had to consult my own tutorial a couple of times!

I plan on starting on the lining tomorrow night. I will add a large slip pocket and a zipper pocket. This bag will also have a zipper placket.

A number of people have asked me about the fabrics I used on my night time tree ornaments. Here are the selvedges from each fabric for those of you who would like to purchase some. Click on the images to get a larger view.

I received some photos of Frankenbags from Chris Protheroe. I love the cool and icy feel of this blue bag. It feels perfect with the snowy weather we’ve been having. And that turquoise on the lining is really pretty.

On the second bag she didn’t want to cut the squares out of the bottom corners for the gussets so she added a strip along the sides to square off the bag (last photo). I love it when people adjust my pattern! She used celestial fabrics by Dan Morris. It’s not available any more so she’s pretty picky about what she uses it for! I think this was a great way to use it! I’m not familiar with these fabrics, but they’re really pretty and rich.

Thanks to Chris for sending photos.

Time to go to bed!

8 Replies to “A Little Frankenbag Construction”

  1. Yes, Anne, the Aboriginal fabric bag is a winner. 🥰 So vibrant!

    Comment/question for Chris Protheroe…. I like the way your handles use two fabrics with a solid inner side and the wrap-around effect with the outer fabric. Do you join two fabrics with different widths and then turn the tube?

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  2. What a great idea about adding the side pieces to the bag. Funny thing, I have a piece of that celestial fabric, maybe even two, that a friend who is no longer with us gave me a couple of years ago. I really need to use it for one of your bags because she would have loved one and also loved the fact that you share so much about what you make with all of us.

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    1. Awww. You’re so sweet! I love that you’re being really thoughtful about how you’ll use the fabric your dear friend gave you. It needs to be used for something special that you’ll love.



  3. Why are they called Frankenbags? Is that from the 2007 article about the Louie Vitton bag in the New York Post about using 12 different patterns but that still does not tell about the name, the inventor, the origin of the name.

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