Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bare Necessities Bags

So I was totally inspired by Dear Stella's awesome new fabric and found the perfect pattern!  The Bare Necessities Bag.  Mother/Daughter was perfect since the bag comes in two sizes. 
On the left is the mother, she's 9" x 9" x 3".   On the right is the daughter, she's 8" x 8" x 1-1/2".  I made them with the cross body strap, but you can shorten it up for a shoulder strap.  The instructions were simple and after you get the first one out of the way, you can really crank these out!  They are a great size and don't require much fabric, so you could make one to match any outfit in your closet and just hang it with it.  (That way you wouldn't lose it like I would :o)

Hanging togehter so you can see the size difference~

Made with Dear Stella's new collection Town & Country.  London themed prints are hot with the olympics coming up  and you really need to have the double decker buses anyway,
 they are just too great~

 Here they are using more cute fabric, perfect to take with you to the beach!

Again, size reference~

Made using It's a Shore Thing by Jack & Lulu for Dear Stella.  Trendy beach prints for all you cute mother and daughter duos out there.

TIP:  The pattern gives you the option of quilting, absolutely do it, it adds so much to the look of your bag.  An easy way to do this is to lay your ruler on the bag and measure over 1 inch from your center strip, making sure to keep it straight.  Tear off a strip of masking tape and line in up right next to the ruler.  Then just sew right along next to the tape.  You didn't have to mark anything, your lines are perfect and you can reuse the tape each time.  1" was perfect for the little bag, 1-1/4" for the larger bag.  Quilting scares me and this was a breeze, so no worries, you can do it!

Take the time to match your thread every step of the way where needed, you won't regret it.

Have fun picking your fabric and make a few, it's just an afternoon project~


  1. I like "fabricshack" so much!! I buy all my fabrics in this shop...........I prefer moda fabrics..........I would like to put a picture of one of my "tops" but i don't know how to do.......I am french and my dream is one day to go to America!!

    1. Awwwwe, that's so nice of you say! You can email your pic to We would love to see it!!