Tuesday, November 7, 2023

November Blog Hop -- It's In The Bag - ByAnnie Bags - Island Batik Ambassador

Welcome to Week 2 of the "It's In The Bag!" Blog Hop!!! After you read about my adventures be sure to visit Island Batik's Blog each week this month for links to all the stops on the BLOG HOP and for weekly GIVEAWAYS !!

Night and Day -Green version of Tote and  Purse

Night and Day -Blue version of Tote and Purse

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is a partnership with ByAnnie Bags and Island Batik with the Ambassadors receiving new IB Collections and a pattern  and all the hardware and supplies to make a bag from ByAnnie.com

From our partner By Annie -I received the Night and Day pattern and this generous kit with everything needed to create 2 bags: Annie's own's Soft and Stable stabilizer, Fusible Interfacing, handle strapping, magnets, clips and other metal hardware.

 And Island Batik sent several sets of beautiful Flour Sack fabrics. I added interest by choosing a couple of pairing with strong contrast and lots of FUN!

I consider myself a newbie when it comes to making bags. I made a few eons ago and I made some basic but easy containers in last year's challenge. This year I was a little braver and I learned a lot. I tried a lot of new things like sewing zippers, sewing straps, adding hardware and sewing in magnets!! Thank goodness my sister Donna, who's made several ByAnnie Bags, helped me make this set. It was great to have someone to guide me through all the new techniques. The pattern also comes with a coupon for the ADD-ON Videos that help walk you through the tricky parts of constructing the bags.

Here are the 2 sides/sections of the Night and Day tote - joining the two sections together.

then the 2 sections wrong sides out need to turn right sides out through the bottom of that pocket.

Working them through ...

Here's me birthing them through the pocket. It looks weird and is a bit tricky but its works! You just have to trust Annie! She really does know what she's doing.

And now the 2 sections have become ONE and are ready for the final joining. This ingenious method creates a reversible bag with all finished seams. And the bottom of the pocket gets sewn in the final joinder. Annie thinks of everything.

Here are some of the parts for the clutch purse of the set, the second bag I made. The flap with sewn in magnet. I feel sew accomplished after sewing with all these new to me materials. My handy Schmetz Needles got quite a work-out!! I needed to use a couple.

Sewing on D rings for the cross body strap. It can be used on both bags.

Making box corners on the purse, before and after.  This creates finished seams and a third pocket and a bag that can stand up.

Here's the finished set!

And the reversed tote

Look at all those beautiful ByAnnie zippers :)

 Night and Day Bags - Reversible Tote 9" x 16", 
Purse w/magnetic flap 6 1/2" x 12"
Sandra Starley 2023

Fabrics by Island Batik: (Flour Sack Collection)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
                                        Pieced and quilted by Sandra Starley  (My stunt double quilter (sister Donna) quilted the main bags fabrics).

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, pattern - stabilizers and vinyl
 from By Annie, thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz. ***

The purse fits in the tote so you can have an extra bag for your purchases or extra supplies.

I love the new Flour Sack Collection. I like how the bags are different but work together well. Flour Sack is a lovely collection!

Look for Flour Sack at your local quilt shop

Visit Island Batik's Blog each week this month for links to all the stops on the BLOG HOP and for weekly GIVEAWAYS !!


  1. Good job! I like how the smaller one fits into the bigger bag.

  2. These are awesome, Sandra!! I love that the tote is reversible and the purse fits perfectly inside! Great collection of fabrics!

  3. Beautiful bags Sandra! You made everything look so easy. I have made a few simple bags but nothing like these. There are so many new-to-me things to do to make these. You did an awesome job!

  4. Nicely done! Annie really does think of everything, her patterns are amazing!!! You did a terrific job on your bags!


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