Frenchy Bag

Finally I am finished!!

This bag is so easy, but when you’re sick for two weeks in the middle of working on it, I feel it’s a great accomplishment to finish. :)

I LOVE this bag!

I am not necessarily a bag person, but after almost a year of going to the library with a plastic grocery bag, I decided to make a library bag.

The assortment of patterns for bags on The Ribbon Retreat is awesome! I went with the Frenchy Bag because it is super cute and it would fit a ton of kid books.

Here is how mine turned out! I love it!

Frenchy Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat}

Frenchy Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat}

Frenchy Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat}

Frenchy Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat}

I love the colors and the fabric! I was able to get everything I needed from The Ribbon Retreat to finish this bag.

I used Riley Blake’s Rainy Days and Mondays Fabric.
Exterior – White Umbrella Tops
Top Panel – Green Rain Polka Dot
Lining - Green Raindrop Square

There are tons of new fabrics in at The Ribbon Retreat which I love. I must warn you that if you check them out, you will have to buy them because they are that cute!

Other things that I needed to complete this bag were –

Interfacing
Thread
Magnetic Snaps

It fits a ton of books, which is really important for a library bag, and it’s stylish. I can’t wait to tell the other moms at story time that I made it. :)

Frenchy Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat}

Frenchy Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat}

This was only my second time following a pattern, and I found this pattern to be so easy. I love the way Amy Butler patterns are. They really don’t assume you know everything. :) If you are a new sewer, then you will love it.

I lost the second page of my instructions so I had to just look at the bag on the cover and guess on finishing it. It turned out perfect, but I really need to get better at not losing stuff! Maybe when I move in 10 years I will find it. Maybe.

Now you all know the drill…

If you want this Frenchy Bag, now is the time to buy the pattern! And when you finish it, I would love to see pictures!


I loved all the comments on Ric Rac! I think my problem is that I don’t have a little girl. I will find a use for this Royal Blue Ric Rac though. I am thinking fabric blocks… hmm. :)

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6 Comments

  1. Tina Yu
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    My only question is…. can I hire you to make me stuff?! I want so many things that I have seen you make. I wish I had time to make some of these things but work consumes all the free time I have. Hmmm… maybe one of these Saturdays will have to be a daddy & daughter day so momma can stay home and make this frenchy bag. Yeah, I like the sound of that!!

    P.S. Seriously though… you should open an etsy.com shop and sell some of these creations! :)

    • Shirley
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Tina!!! It does take time to make stuff, but you don’t have to do it all in one sit down or nap. This bag took me three weeks to do. I have a craft room so I can leave everything as is so I remember where I left off. But a Daddy/Daughter day sounds amazing! I need a Daddy/Son day so I can finish some other projects too!

  2. Posted September 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    It’s adorable!! I love the fabrics you chose. :)

  3. julianne
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I love this bag so much! i want to make one now!

  4. lindsay
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    i love this bag. so cute. i take my $1.00 reusable grocery tote to the library and now i feel the need to upgrade!

  5. nisha
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    love this bag. wanna make one fr my mom! love ur choice of fabrics!!

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