My Very Exciting New Year’s Eve

My most stressful fundraising month of the year has ended. I’m looking forward to four days off and some time in my sewing room.

I’ve never been a fan of big parties, so a New Year’s Eve at home is pretty perfect for me.

I took my boys for their evening walk and then I spent a little time in my sewing room, but I was tired so I didn’t want to do anything that required too much attention. So I cut the lining and applied the interfacing for the Aboriginal fabrics Frankenbag I’m making.

I’m going to add a slip pocket and a zipper pocket to the lining. And then this will get a zipper placket. I’m hoping to finish this up tomorrow.

Then I dug through some scraps and made 22 more key fobs. I chain sewed these bad boys and it went really fast! The first picture shows the string of 22 pieces getting the center line of stitching. The center photo shows all 22 pieces in one long strip piled on my cutting table. The third photo shows all 22 pieces cut apart.

Then I chain sewed each strip into a loop, cut them apart, and applied the hardware.

It’s taking me some time to figure out the best way to get the hardware crimped on all straight. But I’m getting there.

Here’s around 40 completed key fobs crammed into a zip loc bag.

No idea what I’m going to do with all of these. But I feel like I want to make more! I just love them! I have some lanyard hardware coming so will make some longer versions.

I changed the sheets on my bed this morning and tossed Bender’s favorite hedge hog toy in the washer with them because it was really stinky. He was a little concerned about this development.

And poor Rico is not happy with all the fireworks tonight.

A few more blog readers sent me photos of Frankenbags over the last few days. This first one was made by Kim Bates. She made this for a guitar-loving friend of hers. I love the black, white and red, and this bag looks really well made. That big piece of the guitar fabric is really fun! What a great bag for a musician!

Next up is this bag made by Celia Garcia Goins. She used fabric from a project from a long time ago and doesn’t remember what the fabric is. But it’s fun! I see pineapples and zebras. And it follows along with tonight’s theme of red, black and white! I love her wonky angles and big pieces.

The last bag tonight was made by @kimknitessex on Instagram. She made the bag for a friend for a gift and said  that as a complete novice at quilting and making bags it was an excellent way of practicing . She said my instructions were easy to follow and she’s going to make one for herself next.

Thanks to everyone who sent photos! Now off to be so I can be well rested for my four day weekend!

16 Replies to “My Very Exciting New Year’s Eve”

  1. Happy New Year! May it bring you and your furry friends many wonderful and joyful days! I thought of something when you mentioned that you weren’t sure what to so with all your beautiful key fobs. Perhaps you could offer some to a nearby animals rescue as a way to raise some money. They are something that lots of people use , they don’t cost a lot and someone would be doing good by purchasing one or two.

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  2. Hi and Happy New Year from the opposite coast! I enjoy reading your blog and knew I’d love it when I saw “dogs, quilting, profanity”. Three of my favorite things. Lol. I’ve made 6 bags that are inspired by your Frankenbag but I construct mine differently so in order to avoid confusion for anyone who would see them and go to your tutorial for instruction, I called them Shelley bags (and always say “inspired by agilejacks Frankenbag). Anyway, I’d love to send you pics of them but have absolutely no idea where or how to send them. I only started sewing 3 years ago so manage your expectations. I also make your feed bag totes and have made some of the cards.

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  3. I lost your tutorial on the Frankenbags – and after seeing all the photos that people are sending of the bags they made, 2022 is the year I want to make one – For Sure. Penny in Florida

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. G’day from New Zealand. I’m a newbie to the group and am enjoying your pictures and comments. I’m keen to make one (or two) of your Frankenstein bags. Is there a PD of the instructions that I can print. My brain is rather ancient and slowing down and I find a printed sheet much easier to follow than the pictures on my iPad that keep wiping out before I’ve fully absorbed them. 👒

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    1. I’m sorry that I don’t have a PDF to offer of my tutorial. The tutorial on my blog is it. I hope you can find a way to make it work.

      thanks for reading and thanks for taking the time to ask!



  5. Your post absolutely make my day!! You are incredible!! I have a question about your cool key fobs? Did you put any interfacing in them to make them stronger? Thanks, your work is just so incredible! Pat Cox

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