Using up the scraps

Last time I showed you the Trip Around the World quilt that my sister started and then I finished for her when she ran out of enthusiasm. You might also remember this knitting bag I made for her over three years ago that she uses all the time (but not for knitting).



Some of my other bags, including this one, are here if you’re interested.

Well, I had to do something with all the scraps that were leftover from the quilt. I’d come to the conclusion that the reason my sister didn’t want to use the original bag for knitting was because I didn’t make it with a zip closure.  She doesn’t like spiders and I realised spiders could get into the knitting and that wouldn’t be good would it? She just kept saying the bag was too good to use for knitting but I still think it was all to do with pesky spiders LOL. So I made a new one with a zipper in the hope that she’d use it for knitting this time!


It’s almost the same as the original but with a much wider base, it closes with a zip and the button placement is different. Those buttons are from my late Aunt Edith’s sewing box by the way, probably circa 1960’s. Even though it looks similar, the construction method was completely different and, to be honest, it had me stumped for a while but I got there in the end. It’s all in the planning isn’t it? The original started with a one piece base and the sides were attached to it. For this one I needed to rethink because of the zip. I started at the zip and then attached the sides, so working down the bag instead of up.

There were still a few scraps left so I made a little pouch to pop inside as well.


My sister was well chuffed with both. I told her the large one was for her knitting. She has other ideas. I might have known!

Anyway, that’s all of the blue Trip Around the World fabrics used up now. I’ve also been plodding on with the Loyal Union Sampler blocks recently and have a few of those to photograph. Then I’ll get the virtual quilt on the right of the page updated so you can see where I’m up to.

What crafty stuff have you been up to recently?

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  1. claire93

     /  April 12, 2018

    do you think you’ll make a bag one day that your sister will actually use for knitting? What other uses does she find for all these gorgeous creations?

  2. A St

     /  April 12, 2018

    Absolutely beautiful as always Allison xxx

  3. witchylin

     /  April 12, 2018

    The new bag looks perfect for a knitting bag, even if your sister has other plans for it. The pouch is a nice touch too.

    • Thanks. I was on a roll making zipper pouches recently so it seemed right to use up what was left of the quilt fabric and make one to match the bag.

  4. I think I’m with your sister on this: those bags are too nice to just keep your knitting in. No one would ever see them. Now she has two and need not worry about the first one wearing out.

    • Looking at the original, it’s hard to believe she’s been using it for so long. She does look after things and that’s another reason I don’t mind making for her.

  5. JJ Crafts

     /  April 14, 2018

    That look great!

  6. My sister have got many bags from me and I´m still not sure she is using them at all 🙂 The bag for your sister is gorgeous! I love the blue fabrics!


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