Indigo and Batik Frankenbag Is Done

I had to work two three-hour shifts today. The second one was more just to listen and intervene if necessary so I took at time to work on my latest bag at the same time.

I had to cut and assemble the lining, pockets, and zipper plackets, then put the lining into the bag. Here’s the finished bag.

I took the bag outside to take photos before I remembered that I needed to sew a tag on. Here’s the other side.

Here are views of the pockets and zipper placket. And I have to say, I’m really loving those zipper pockets. This is probably the cleanest one I’ve made. So I’m getting better with each one. But they are so easy to make!

Then I brought the bag back into the house and proceeded to sew the tag onto the wrong side of the bag.

I know I’ll move it to the other side eventually because this is the kind of thing that will drive me nuts. The tag says, “This is the front of the bag.” And that’s NOT the front of the bag. Geez.

Here are some views of the lining and pockets in process.

And I have to point out that my least favorite part of making these bags is sewing the top of the lining to the top of the bag. I stab at least four fingers with pins on every one of these I do. Look at all those pins!

I spend a little bit of time trying not to bleed all over the bag.

Sewing the final row of top stitching around the top of the bag is better because I use clips and rarely find myself bleeding.

And now I’m wondering what I’ll make next. I’m thinking I might either make another Octopus bag or I’ll dig into those animal menagerie panels and start a bag. Or… maybe another bag from batiks.

I did receive some Frankenbag photos over the last week. This first bag was made by Christie Protheroe. I love all that saturated red and the big bloom. Christy went all the way and included a zipper placket and a slip and zipper pocket.

This next bag was made by Kristin Echols. She said she needed a large bag to take supplies to quilt classes, so adapted my Frankenbag and made an Uber Frankenbag that measures 18″ tall and 22″ wide. She used a mariner’s compass that she made in a class. I just love the color combo of her fabrics. It reminds me of a sunset! I might have to try making an uber Frankenbag too!

@BKsblingsandbags on Instagram tagged me in her photo of this bag she made. She said “It’s snowing in Alberta after a couple of days of rain! A great day to stay home and make something 🌞 and bright.” She said she takes lots of sunflower photos and waits patiently every August for them to bloom. I can almost feel the summer heat coming off this bag! I love sunflowers too and am ready to see some in bloom.

Next up is this bag made by Susan Stewart. This is her third Frankenbag. She included a large slip pocket on the exterior of this bag and made a matching pouch. I love the combo of the aquas and greens. And I love that Susan added her own features. It makes me really happy when people experiment!

Last up this evening are these two bags made by Cindy Clark. I love the way she used these big pieces of fabric. It’s definitely fun to let those big blooms sing. And I love the idea of an all black and white bag. Hmmmm… my brain is racing!

Thanks to everyone who sent photos!

I had to work this morning from 7 am to 10 am. After than I took the boys for a nice long 4.2 mile walk. We have a gorgeous stretch of weather coming up and today was so nice!

We’ll take another walk tonight after dinner.

Rico has a sheep herding lesson tomorrow and then we have the rest of the day off. Might have to start a new project.

24 Replies to “Indigo and Batik Frankenbag Is Done”

  1. Anne, I love your posts and have made several of your bags. Often, you refer to “crumb piecing.” I am an experienced seamstress and quilter but have never done crumb piecing. Do you have simple directions to create this? Thanks, Linda Allen

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  2. L💗VE the indigo bag… I shall refer to your bags as works of art! All the talented ladies sending photos of beautiful works of art 💕. We are thawing out of a 2 day hard freeze here in San Antonio. Whatever your next project will be – it will be fabulous!!! Sending hugs to Rico & Bender

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m loving the indigo and think I might need to dog out some batiks. I’ve collected a few that would be really good with some of those indigo batiks.

      I hope it’s not too cold there. The weather her is so amazingly good!



  3. Very nice bags, indeed!!! I’ve made one so far, but being busy with other projects right now, have many ideas for others in the future! Love seeing all your postings and reading about your dogs and walks. You have so much energy!

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    1. I have so many unfinished projects and I can’t make myself tackle them. I’m enjoying these bags because they are small projects that I can finish easily.

      Thanks for reading!



    1. Thanks! I have more of the indigo fabric and scraps and will try a couple of different approaches. And now I’m wondering if I have enough indigo batiks. Might have to buy more!


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