Traveling, Snow, and Drawstring Bags!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Traveling Handmade by Jeni Baker
Traveling Handmade, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Sunday! Hope you're all having enjoyable weekends.  We made the drive to Ohio on Saturday, thankfully all the storm was completely clear of our route, it was smooth sailing.  Not too much traffic either!

Thanks for your kind words on my duffle bag! I'm looking forward to testing it out when we fly to Virginia next week! If you're looking for the pattern, you can find it for sale at Fat Quarter Shop, here.

Snowstorm by Jeni Baker
Snowstorm, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I had to share a little scene from the storm on Thursday.  We got just about all 17" of snow they said we'd get.  It was so pretty.  The roads still weren't great even by Saturday, so we were happy to leave that behind.  We did end up loosing power, but not until about 9pm, and only for a few hours.  Thankful it was back on when we woke up Friday!

Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker
Color Me Retro, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I got brave and cut into my Color Me Retro yardage before we left! I have to admit, it sure does look pretty all bundled up! :)

Drawstring Bags by Jeni Baker
Drawstring Bags, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
There has been some drawstring bag making this month.  I love using the bags for gift wrapping or to hold small projects.  Above I've made the everything size (same size as the tutorial), the snack size and the tiny size which are all in the pattern.

I keep forgetting to share this video with you! The lovely folks at Fat Quarter Shop interviewed me about Color Me Retro at Quilt Market this Fall!

George by Jeni Baker
George, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.

Today I love the..
Smell of: Cake
Sound of: A Year Without a Santa Claus
Taste of: Cheese souffle
Sight of: George
Feel of: Freshly washed quilt

Good Things about Today:
- Found a Christmas Hello Kitty t-shirt at Target!
- Made Bretzel!
- Had a relaxing day.
- Getting ready for the holiday!


  1. I have no words about these sharing thanks a lot for all the effort which you did for us.

  2. LOVE the video! Happy safe warm holiday wishes to you!!!

  3. All the pictures are looking very attractive thanks for the sharing dear.

  4. Beautiful*** Merry Christmas*** Thanks a Lot. With Love from Venezuela.

  5. Desejo um Feliz Natal,cheio de alegria, muitas prendinhas e comidas deliciosas :)

  6. Thank you for sharing the SNOW, Jenny! I haven't seen snow like that in real life for so many years. On Christmas Eve, when I look out my window at bare trees and obnoxiously green lawns in North Carolina, I feel so homesick for the snowy Christmases I remember from when I was a little girl in Minnesota. I love the way the white snow would clump on the dark tree branches, creating these mesmerizing arboreal sculptures in the sky, and how peaceful and pure everything looked after a fresh snowfall. I hope you enjoy every single snowflake, Jenny -- catch one on your tongue for me! :-)

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Jeni,
    I have a quick question on your drawstring bag pattern. In the pattern do you explain how to make the back into a little backpack? I am new to sewing and am not great at figuring things out on my own yet! Thanks!

    PS, love the snow pics, we haven't gotten a storm yet here in southeastern MA!

  8. I guess I just lost my comment--it has vanished! I have a question about the drawstring bags. I made a snack bag first, following your directions. The narrow part of the bag ended up on the front and back, rather than the sides where the seams are and the drawstrings go. It didn't look right to me. So I made another one, this time cutting the corners out as I cut the pieces out. This bag ended up "right" with the wider part of the bag on the front and back and the narrow part on the sides with the seams. I made an artist bag, cutting the corners out ahead of time. It worked out just fine, with the wide part of the bag on the front and back. I just finished a snack bag, cutting the corners out ahead of time, and it ended up with the narrow part of the bag on the front and back. I have a hard time visualizing things, so I just can't figure out why this is happening so I can prevent it! Has anyone else had this happen, or do you have any ideas what in the world I'm doing wrong?


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