On the same shopping trip where Mom and I got her bag pattern and fabric I picked up a pattern and a couple of fat quarters of my own. The pattern is the Fold-It-Hold-It Bag from Pieced Tree Patterns. Again, there was one made up in the shop that was too cute to pass up. I picked this navy print with bright pink flowers and a pretty mint and white geometric print that reminded me of a flower basket.
Believe it or not, this is basically a single rectangle made with each side a different fabric and then folded and tacked down in a couple places to make this shape. It's really quite clever and a great way to play with pairing fabrics. Once you get more familiar with the construction I'm sure it would be easy to figure out how to embellish more with things like trim, embroidery, or other fun touches.
It stands up on its own pretty well, and this one, which is the medium size of the four noted in the pattern, is a pretty good size for gift giving or maybe storing things in the craft room. The bigger one might work as a knitting or crochet project bag. Despite what you'd think, the contrast print does not end up as a bag lining. Rather, it is a little bit of peek-a-boo color that shows on the front and back, especially when the bag is cinched closed.
Super fun and quick to make, this was a great way to spend an afternoon continuing to break in the craft room.
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