Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop + A Give Away

This is one of the most creative ideas I have ever been part of.  There are  27  Quilty types who have gathered their favorite internet freebie tutorials to share with you one.  This bonanza of information has been coordinated by Joan over at Moose Stash Quilting,  a big thanks goes out to her.

My Freebie Tutorial is the  Easy - Peasy Back Pack .  It came out in March of 2015. Since then I have made well over a dozen of them.  I have also been part of a group sew in with my guild  where I introduced members to the link. I think everyone who participated made at least 2.

My most recent (not) was this one made for the June, Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop.


The pattern doesn't call for it to be reversible. Very easy to fudge so long as the straps you are using tie.

This is where you can find it every time I go out the door

The next few are in the order I made them, I think

These two look similar but if you look closely one has a cord for straps while the other has fabric, also the accent fabric choice is different.

There was a third of this pattern but it walked out the door within hours of its final pressing




Used as a Christmas Gift Bag

This one was made using prequilted fabric and a pocket was added to the outside.  I made this one while I was still living in Jersey, 3 plus years ago.  I was still using it on a very regular basis until the Flower Power one took it's place.

This one was made with this little Princess in mind.
This bag can me made of anything.  This one was made specifically around the puppy block Which is smaller than the original bag

The Flower Power bag was applique.  The Flower Power  bag was also made to be reversible.

This bag was made just to carry that matching quilt home from Florida to Colorado 

The next 4 pictures were taken at my sisters.  She is a great admirer of my work

this is actually how they are stored at her house ( on hangers not hanging off the kitchen counter )

I added the front pocket to this one too.

Last week my niece asked if I could give her the numbers to make this quilt block excluding the outer border. I worked up the numbers and then made the block to make sure I was accurate.

So what do you do with a 10 inch block the week before you do a post on bags, of course you whip it into one of course.  

This one is a little bigger than the pattern. 

I made the bag reversible and sent it off to my niece.

So now that you have followed along all this way I have only one more bag to show.
This one I timed to find out how long it took to make the actual bag.  I did it in 1 hour and 20 minutes with a cord strap.  If you are making a matching/coordinating fabric strap it would take a bit longer.

This bag will go to one of my visitors who leaves a nice comment regarding this wonderful hop.  

I will ship anywhere.   Just make sure I can contact you for a mailing address.

Oh yeah, I made this one reversible too.

We'll pick a name Sunday night.

Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't see a master list I am adding it to the bottom of this post. There are so many wonderful places to go and see.  Take a few minutes and visit one and all.

Thank you to all of the participants in this wonderful adventure.


  1. I love that you have made so many of these, it is fabulous when we find a pattern that can become so many presents and altered to suit personalities. The picture of the bags owned by your sister with them all on hangers made me smile, she really does value your work. x

  2. Sew Cool Selina, I love these bags, fun and flexible for use. They look like they are pretty easy to make also.

  3. Awesome backpacks! It's so nice how you can personalize them for each person.

  4. Oh wow, I love these bags! And what a great idea to use them as wrapping for packages, I definitely want to do that. Thanks for sharing this great idea and tutorial. This hop has been a lot of fun, I have many new ideas of things I want to make.

  5. This drawstring bag is so versatile. I love the many ways you have made it. Your giveaway bag uses some of the same fabric I used in my daughter's Halloween wall hanging. I can see making these out of Christmas fabric and putting everyone's pajamas in them. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. This blog hop has been my favorite this year. So many great ideas for projects.

  7. Wow, wow are the queen of these cuties. What fun to make them for so many reasons. Great to pack a quilt in or give a gift. Oh...and I spy the Ghastlies in there too! LOL!! Thanks for sharing your fabulous post!

  8. You have mastered this pattern! Love how you personalize each one and they are all lovely, but the puppy is my fav!

  9. As a bag lady myself, I know how addicting and rewarding making bags can be! These are sure useful and so nice they are reversible too.

  10. This blog hop has been SEW interesting - learning new things and finding great free patterns! Thanks sew much for sharing this. I love this bag! I especially like the one with the puppy on on it - adorable!!

  11. Oh my gosh, that is a ton of cute bags! What a fun gift this would make for any age. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love the bags; such a variety in f colors and the dog block makes such a cute one for a believe bed grandchild! Thanks for sharing and being part of such a fun blog hop.

  13. Adorable shoulder bags! Looks like a fast and fun project. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love these bags. These would be quick and easy gifts for many on my list. I especially love the idea of a reversible one. This blog hop has been so much fun.

  15. So many cute back packs and I love how you made them reversible too! I have a few small ones that I like to use for traveling. They make a perfect carrier to shoes when packing a suitcase. Then I can take it shopping for hiking too!

  16. I love these backpacks and will definitely be making one. I think they'd make excellent charity projects too. Thanks so much!

  17. Wow these are super backpacks and you have made such a lot of them. With all the wonderful variations you have made, there is sure to be something to suit just about any purpose. I have to add that this is such a good use for test/orphan blocks that I am going to head over to the pattern site and take a closer look. Thanks so much for sharing, I really enjoyed this post.

  18. Joan's a sweetie and I love visiting her cheerful and funny blog. This hop has been fun and you sure do make lots of these fabulous bags. I love that you can use techniques to the bag 'special' for each person.

  19. I'm a little late to the party, but I see I'm not too late to enter your super generous giveaway. WOW, you have made a lot of them and they all have there own personality. It's time to check this pattern out, thanks for sharing!!!

  20. These backpacks look like they are so much fun to make and personalize. You are awesome in introducing us to the process. BTW - some friends were over to my house this week and saw my reindeer mug rug which I won and the patterns and fabric you included from a previous win from you. They were "going ape" and encouraging me to get busy for Christmas. One in particular was not encouraging me - she was flat hinting for me to get busy. She loved the reindeer. Thought you would like to know that your work is appreciated by others. She (and I in other years) have tutored inner city kids and she is always finding things for them to do when they have their homework finished. She always has beads for bracelets; she has a US quarter saving project for them and has them do information about each state - she finds the quarters for the kids; and other things for the children 1-6 grade. She is a sweetheart and tries to find a gift on each child's Santa wish list. Thanks for the project.

  21. Great bags. My teenage granddaughters like this style of bag for soccer and dance bags. Thanks

  22. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!


  23. wow, you have made soooo many of those bags! Now I really must try one... I tend to run and hide from drawstring bags, but I since this is "easy peasy" I should try it :) :) Thanks for sharing!! xx

  24. So sorry about the delay in my thank you. I think it is so cute and I want to take a picture with Shey baby (now 16 yrs. old) Still waiting on that. If I don't see here this weekend I'm going to go ahead and post it with my houses. I was trying to get home from Myrtle Beach on my day to post and did not get to join in. I was able to let Carol know though and wasn't just a no show. I thank you so much for the backpack or tote, I know she will be delighted and will use it. You are so kind.

  25. Hello. My name is Becca and I'm attempting to find a rather old quilt that belonged to my family and we would like
    it back, please.

    I've e-mailed quite a few Flordia musuem staff and they have not been able to locate this quilt. I'm hoping
    that perhaps you or one of your readers might have seen it. If this is an inappropriate place to post this,
    administrator, I apologize and please feel free to remove this post.

    Here are the facts:

    Edith Linstrom Forsberd sewed this quilt, probaby in the 1920's.

    It is a full sized quilt with applicaed, yellow tulips. The tulips would have been in the center of the quilt and
    not in each square.

    It has a white or cream background.

    The edging is probably a green that matches the leaves on the tulips.

    It is in the Rose of Sharon design.

    Bella Linstrom donated the quilt to a museum in either in Flordia or Kansas in between 1950 to 1960.

    Unfortunately, it was never photographed.

    It was made by hand.

    Everyone, thank you so much for getting back to me if you have any info on this family quilt. It would mean so much to my grandma to have this back. If you have any information, please e-mail me at

    These creations are incredibly adorable, by the way.

  26. Hi Selina! Thanks for the link to this post and the tutorial. WOWEE - you aren't kidding you've made a few of them. My favorite has to be that special red one with the puppy face on it. So sweet! ~smile~ Roseanne


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