Baa baa black sheep bags

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You know when you see fabric that you love so much, you have to buy it, even though you have no idea what you’re going to do with it?  Case in point . . . Kiyohara’s Baa Baa Black Sheep.  I complemented this adorable print with Kiyohara solids in pink and mauve.  Because it’s decorator weight, I decided the best use was for a bag, but even though I bought what seemed like small amounts of yardage, I had enough for three different bags.

baa zippered pouch 2

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I think that bags are such great projects for showing off favorite fabrics, and I never get tired of sewing them because you can vary them just enough to always keep it creative and interesting.  Of course, it does beg the question, what am I going to do with a closetful of bags?!

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The two zippered pouches were based on this tutorial, although I increased the dimensions by one inch in both length and width to accommodate the zippers I purchased from Purl Soho.  I used scraps of leftover batting from my stash – I was initially worried that it would make them too bulky, and I thought about substituting interfacing, but I stuck with the original idea and they came out perfectly.

baa tote 1

I had enough fabric left for my all-time favorite pattern, The Forty Minute Tote from Purl Bee.  I modified the pattern by lining the exteriors with batting and quilting them prior to assembling them, and I used linen fabric and a pair of leather purse handles from my stash.

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I used up all of my leftover fabrics for the lining- it’s pieced together, but I don’t mind, I like the scrappy look.

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