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new pattern - little geese satchel

Whew was THIS pattern ever "in development" for a looong time.  Like, embarrassingly long.  Remember Lori Holt's Quilty Fun blog hop?  In December?  (Of 2013?!)  Well, I made these 32 red and white flying geese. 

Super fun to make and super  cute to look at.  But then ... what to do, what to do.  Hmmm.  Haven't got a clue.

For a while.

Then I finally got a clue.  I'd been wanting to design a bag with a cute little patchwork design along sides for quite a while.  These 2" geese turned out to be just the thing.  Funny how inspiration and opportunity can spark creativity.  :)  I love it when this happens.

I don't know how to explain just how much I love this sweet little satchel.  I made it 9" x 12" - the perfect size to hold standard paper.  It's not all big and sloppy, but rather neat and tidy - great for library books, class notes, a lunch date with a girlfriend, sewing projects (I'm currently keeping a cross-stitch project in mine, with pattern, linen, floss, scissors & needles. 

The shorter handles are so nice to just grab and go - no long, noodley straps to fish around for.  The little rolled section in the middle is a nice detail, but it doesn't take long to do and it just feels so good in your hand.  And you can hang it on a knob or bedpost or the back of a chair without it dragging on the ground.

Of course I snuck in a little bit of lace (totally optional).

There are no zippers, flaps, buttons or snaps to fuss with either.  No hardware at all.  And the inside seams are finished off with binding. 

To make the geese, I included both my favourite piecing method, as well as foundation paper piecing templates if you prefer.

I hope you like it.  The pattern is only available as a PDF at the moment.  You can find it here.  My patterns always have LOTS AND LOTS of step-by-step photos - this one has 42.  My goal is your success so I make my patterns as detailed as I can - as if I was right beside you, showing you how to do everything.  The photos are in colour too, so even if you only have a B/W printer, you can see the pictures in colour on your screen when you view the PDF.

PS:  Thank you to my almost 14 year old daughter who graciously agreed to model the satchel.  She's taller than me now.  She loves that.  Me?  It's taking some getting used to. ;)

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Reader Comments (27)

Your bag is adorable. The size, the fabric and the colors . . . perfection :)
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterC0NNIE
Cute little bag! And your daugther is almost 14!?! When does this happen?
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
I love this bag and the size too! Your patterns are always great because of lots of pictures. You really do make it easier to succeed. I also love the way you finish off all the raw edges. It feels so professional. Thanks for another great project!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Just LOVE your bag. Handles, size of bag, all of it - just seems like the perfect bag for me. You really did a beautiful job and with beautiful fabric choices!!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSigi G
What a happy bag! Love the color and the sweet fabric. What is the fabric that you used?
Thanks for the inspiration.
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeide
OH MY! This is just too sweet! I love the geese, the handles, the fabric, the size, all of it!!!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Oh my! So cute! It's a must have! Thank you for sharing! Love the colors you picked, too!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo
I adore the fabric-satchel is darling-- I was just lamenting that I was all done reading all the "May 17th" posts on your blog (a little treat I give myself daily) when I receiving notification that you posted today-unexpected bliss!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCFQuilter
I loved the little bag so much, I had to buy the pattern! I then sat and read it through - it's lovely and clear. All the best, and thanks for another gorgeous pattern,
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterYael Smith
Your bag is beautiful! Love the fabrics!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoan
As usual, your details are what set your projects apart. Love, love, love the geese! The red (stunning shades) and that rolled handle not to mention the binding all make this bag adorable.
Lots of words to say, I love it!
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather(mtl)
Oh, Kristyne - it's gorgeous! It's going on my wishlist.
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Fabulous make, beautiful and practical. Love all the details patchwork and colours, x
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpat
Such an adorable bag! I love everything about it! Fabric, little geese, red and white, handles, lace, style, quilting...just all of it!
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandal
I really really really like this little bag. I am thinking of the new Elea Lutz Christmas Fabric line and this pattern!
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Chaudoin
Kristyne, this bag is gorgeous!!! You always do such nice work :)
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy O
very cute!
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterina
What a sweet little tote!! I love the flying geese along the side!
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuper Mom - No Cape!
Thanks for sharing another wonderful pattern! I love every bit of work you do, and have followed you for years - in fact, wasn't it just the other day that your daughter was TEN?!! What happened?!!!
I just bought your pattern for this bag and can't wait to get sewing!
You bring so much joy to so many people, you're such a blessing :)
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLINDA
Wow -- what a beautiful bag made from beautiful fabric. I want to be you when I grow up!
May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Seitz
Oh my goodness! This bag is gorgeous Kristyne!!! I NEED TO MAKE ONE!
May 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelica
May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSara
I don't know what I love most: the handles, the geese, the finishing details, the quilting, the red fabrics...but then as I look at all of your pictures again, I know exactly what I love most...the flying goose made from "Ruby". ;) Congratulations on another gorgeous pattern, K.!!!
What a lovely bag! So nice that you bound the seams inside. I love that technique!
May 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElnora
I love it!
Love your new bag
May 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercarole minihan

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