Bag for Lucy - Easy Fat Quarter Bag
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Easy Fat Quarter Bag

As you may have wondered when I shared about the Typecast J bag that I made for my older niece earlier this week… I also made a second bag to gift to my younger (2-year-old) niece at the same time. Giving a gift to one would have definitely created some sibling jealousy, so I knew better than to arrive unprepared.

I tend to say that I am not a sewer; I am a quilter. While that is true, I have definitely expanded my skill sets and am more capable than I give myself credit for. That being said, I was thrilled to find the Easy Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial by Amy from Diary of a Quilter. It was just what I was looking for: a quick and simple pattern that was more suited to a 2-year-old size than the larger bag I made for my older niece.

Bag for Lucy - Easy Fat Quarter Bag

Bag for Lucy – Easy Fat Quarter Bag

My nieces love being outdoors and I love spending time with them looking at flowers, going on walks, running around, and checking out anything that catches their attention. I thought that the Alison Glass Ex Libris panel that I have been saving was the perfect choice for the exterior of the bag as a result.

I did make the bag slightly bigger than the pattern calls for in order to fit the Ex Libris panel, and I still have 6 of the full circles left to use for future special projects.

Bag for Lucy - Easy Fat Quarter Bag

Bag for Lucy – Easy Fat Quarter Bag

For the handle, I used a pink print that is reminiscent of a mermaid’s tail scales. The interior is a purple and pink dot. And overall, it was the perfect way to use up fabrics in my stash. The only thing I would change in the future would be to add a pocket in a similar style to the pockets that are in the Typecast J bag I made.

When I gifted the bag to Lucy, she was excited – reaching for it and saying, “Ooooh!” and then immediately putting the straps over her shoulder and walking around. She chose to put some paper airplanes that we had been making in the bag as her special cargo and carried the bag and airplanes around with her off and on for the rest of the weekend.

Linking up with Beauties Pageant 29.

22 thoughts on “Easy Fat Quarter Bag

  1. Izzy says:

    Your fabric choices are perfect Yvonne! I bet she’ll be carrying all kinds of treasures in that bag. 🙂

  2. Cindy Pieters says:

    How special to watch her enjoy your lovely gift!

  3. C’est mignon (too cute!) 🙂

  4. So cute, and very clever idea for the ‘scales’ handles!

  5. Super cute bag and a great way to use a panel!

    I can’t think of a more perfect reaction to the perfect gift! Gotta love how little people wear their hearts on their sleeves (and their bags on their shoulders!)

  6. Jayne says:

    Such a cute bag, but not as cute as her response!

  7. Tish says:

    This panel was perfect for this little bag. I love that she’s already putting it to use <3

  8. Marla says:

    Love your choices for this bag. It’s always a smart idea to include something for the siblings!

  9. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    It’s adorable. I’ll have to check out the tutorial. I totally understand about the two nieces and needing two gifts LOL

  10. aquilterstable says:

    Darling bag and perfect use for that fabric!

  11. Kaja says:

    I would say I’m a quilter too, but after a while you do just get a good feel for how to sew other things, or that’s how it’s gone for me. Your wee bag is delightful!

  12. Your time with your nieces sounds wonderful.

  13. springleafstudios says:

    Your nieces must love love you!! Such great gifts. It’s also reminding me that somewhere I have a piece of Ex Libris. I need to find that.

  14. thedarlingdogwood says:

    This is super cute! I love that she reached for it right away and that she chose paper airplanes as her treasures!

  15. Aw!! I love the mental image I got of Lucy toting around her new, paper airplane-stuffed bag! It’s gorgeous and I bet she will use it her entire life.

  16. Julie J Vogel says:

    So sweet! Isn’t it fun to use our gifts to gift others we love?! That is one of my favorite thing to do!

  17. This is a great use for the special AG fabric!

  18. patty says:

    Lucky niece! Great fabric choice.

  19. The perfect bag to hold those paper airplanes! I love that AG fabric. This was a beautiful way to use some of it. How special for these two girls to have a bag made for them by their Aunt.

  20. What a cute bag and the perfect print to use with it!

  21. Elizabeth E. says:

    I’m a little slow in commenting, but my enthusiasm for your FQ bag is over the top! In fact, when I needed to make a quick birthday gift recently, I remembered your post and made one in no time. I think the use of that AG fabric is brilliant–don’t we all have a bunch of that in our stashes?

  22. Lisa J. says:

    I have often thought of making bags for my grandsons as I know they would love them as well. This one is extra special because of the beautiful print.

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