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This is not a cry for help

April 9th, 2012

This is not a cry for help. I repeat, this is not a cry for help. At least not for now at this very moment.

Starting back when Lori and I did our iPhone sew-along (Lori’s, mine) with Ayumi’s Lunch bag (purse) pattern, I have not been able to stop making them or stop thinking about making them.   I see fabric and all I want to do it harvest a small collection that would make for a cute lunch bag (or as I lovingly call them now:  Ayumi Purses).

This last Saturday I made two more.  I couldn’t decide which Suzy Ultman Appleville brown or Appleville white to use, so I made both.  BOTH!  Paired with some of Tula’s Prince Charming and Robert Kaufman’s “ring” fabric - it would have been criminal not to make both.
Ayumi's lunch bag pattern
It was a sewing-day with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, and if I hadn’t spent so much time proclaiming (proclaiming = When Harry Met Sally deli scene) how cute the pattern and the fabrics were together, I might have even been able to crank out an additional bag.  That’s Susan waving hi - she’s so dang squeezably cute! And that unusual bright light emanating from the window in the top right of the photo - that’s sunshine people. Sun. Shine.  Dispelling all rumors that Oregonian’s are Mole People. Fact.
Ayumi lunch bags

I’m playing with making the lunch bag bigger, so I decided to go all Scarlett O’Hara ish and use the (Darlene Zimmerman Mama’s Kitchen) fabric that was once my sewing room’s closet curtains at my previous house.
Vroom... vrooooom
I love how Lecien’s red check from their Color Basic’s collection goes with Darlene’s fabric! Cutting and sewing next up (and fingers crossed my upsizing hacks work out).
Mama's Kitchen + Lecien Color Basic (red check)

As soon as I got wind that Michael Miller flipped the switch on the way-back time machine and was bringing back Patty’s Andalucia  - I flew over to the Fat Quarter Shop and ordered me some of the Andalucia II.
Andalucia II by Patty Young

It’s not an addiction if everybody joins in with me, right? And now on to the next harvesting of lunch bag fabrics… what ever they may be… re-Flea Market Fancy…

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49 Responses

  1. The fabulous Cootie Bug Connie allegedly said:

    Mon, As always, you kwack me up. ;D
    The bags are terrific……may have to make one……or two….or more.

  2. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    They are ardorable…I hope you carry your lunch often so that you get to use them all.

  3. The fabulous Tracy J allegedly said:

    I know exactly what you mean….I have made 3 so far. They made great Easter baskets for my daughters (2 of them) and one to hold a birthday gift. I can’t stop either!

  4. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Creating, quilting, sewing… etc. never needs justification for collecting more fabric to make more lunch bags. Might I add, that they are totally useable and a great way to add to the “green” way of life… right? But, yes we should all join in…

  5. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    LOL…you are so funny!!! I am making them this month for my Christmas Through The Year project…let’s see if I can stop at two …. I may be contacting you :-)!

  6. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    that picture cracked me up!~ hi susan! i love these bags though monica! super cute. i better make one…

  7. The fabulous Shawn allegedly said:

    These are adorable Monica, thanks for the link and inspiration! p ess ~ you need help, serious help, but don’t feel bad you’re not alone lol

  8. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    You’ll have to try harder, I don’t think it is really the sun. I’ve seen how you photo shop your pictures :) Happy sewing! Love your fabric choices!

  9. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    you are one clever sweet p are you not! i love love love the bags xxx

  10. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Well I have not moved on to lunch bags but I did just finish cutting out a Taking Turns! Lots of Monsterz, a little FMF and pile of other sweet things, I am off to sew. I am using a white jelly roll, I haven’t done the math but I’m hoping it works out…lol!

  11. The fabulous Jennifer Dancy allegedly said:

    Love that argyle/check in the last pic! Just might have to get me some of that!

  12. The fabulous Allegory allegedly said:

    Those Appleville bags might just have done it. I feel this thought creeping in..that I need a bag like this.

  13. The fabulous Mhairi allegedly said:

    The bags are wonderful. It is not an obsession if you are making them for a purpose - even as a go-to gift.
    Also, have you considered offering them to a local charity - we have a group here that supports abused children that make bags for holding toiletries and these would be marvellous for that. Just a thought.

  14. The fabulous Ina allegedly said:

    That’s a cry for H*E*L*P* if I ever did hear one…really, sunshine??!! Maybe that’s what triggering this addiction…sunshine not usually seen in your neck of the woods. ;p

    Listen, since you’re on a roll, would you make one for me too??!! Just kidding.

  15. The fabulous annelies allegedly said:

    I hear ya…and any chance you can share the cutting chart for the larger bags. I am NOT obsessed, I am NOT obseesed. Oh well, maybe just a little!!!!

  16. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Um, I’m addicted… I’m not even going to say how many I’ve made or how many I still plan on making. This is one of the most fun projects I’ve made in a long time. I too am considering making a larger size. I’ve also been using vinyl fuse on some of them. Love, love, love vinyl fuse.

  17. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    LOL oh she’s supposed to be waving. I thought she was photobombing your lunch purses ;-) bahahahaha….

    so good to see Mimi out and about!

  18. The fabulous Marcia allegedly said:

    I LOVE Auymi’s lunch bag and have favorited it….you have inspired me to sit down and make one! Your’s turned out super cute! Auymi, like you, is so generous with her tutorials. Thank you both for sharing.

  19. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Yes, I’m sure you can stop making them whenever you want! ;)

  20. The fabulous Cradke allegedly said:

    Dang, those Appleville bags are cute! I think I may finally be sucked in too…

  21. The fabulous Sue Sweeney allegedly said:

    I am dying to make one of these in a few weeks. I am just trying to decide on the perfect fabric. It will be a mini “congrats on making it through law school without killing anyone” present and lunch bag for my new job.

    Thanks for making me obsess about this pattern even more :)

  22. The fabulous Water Works allegedly said:

    I am with you! I even had a swatch embroidered with my daughter’s initials (we are soooo southern) just to personalize her lunch bag. But! Riddle me this Batman….how did you get the seam where the band meets the inner liner and bottom shell to be unseen (finished)? I think I must have misunderstood something in the directions, because mine’s exposed on the inside. AND, since you’ve already done the math to make it bigger, would you share the new dimensions?? :)

  23. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Gosh Monica - those bags are soooo cute! I can see why you needed to make both of them!

    I hope you have a lot of quilt events coming up so you can use all your pretty lunch bags.

    Almost (operative word here) makes me wish I was still working so I could use a lunch bag again. Oh well… maybe someday for a senior retreat?

  24. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Too good not to be addicted. They look lovely!

  25. The fabulous Helen allegedly said:

    Dang. Now you’ve got me wanting to make one of Ayumi’s bags. A friend gave me some fabric for my birthday and that pattern might just be perfect for it. I might use the bag to hold my knitting instead of my lunch though.

    We Seattle mole people were thrilled to see the sun too!

  26. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    Monica, you are the funniest person! It was a great sew day and I just love your Ayumi Purses! Love the Micheal Miller fabrics too!

  27. The fabulous starjumper allegedly said:

    i just saw you on the newsstand again! in the back of better home and garden’s “all small” magazine with your tiny little bags!

  28. The fabulous Maxine allegedly said:

    I follow your blog and Lori’s blog..seen the tut when you made them, as of yet I have to make some, when I see the ones you just made I can’t wait..off to buy some fabric..

  29. The fabulous Jessie allegedly said:

    I have made two of these adorable bags so far and already have the stuff to make 2 more sitting on my sewing table! They are beyond cute and super easy, love them!

  30. The fabulous tinyinc allegedly said:

    a visual feast, lovely!

  31. The fabulous Pam C allegedly said:

    I recently made two of these totes and love them. They are so adorable.

  32. The fabulous Janet allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, I can’t believe how behind I am in my blog reading–looks like I’m two whole fabric lines behind with you! And here I thought I had been busy! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I love your color and design choices. You really are such a “super-star”!

  33. The fabulous Suzy-Homemaker allegedly said:

    Dude! While the bags are adorable (and now I have to make a few) I can’t help but comment on the rad Flowmaster stickers on your sewing machine!! That cracked me up! (I’m a hot rod girl, along with being a sewist.)
    Rock on!

  34. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    I see Mimi!

  35. The fabulous Jeannie allegedly said:

    Those are so adorable but then anything you make is adorable!! Those are addictive for sure!

  36. The fabulous Kimi allegedly said:

    You have too many lunch bags. I think you need to send me one :P

  37. The fabulous cynthia allegedly said:

    Those bags are precious! I remember yours and Lori’s posts about the Ayumi bags. I pinned Ayumi’s bag a long time ago when she first made it and have been wanting to make it! You have given me the extra incentive that I needed. Now to just find the time…..Your blog is so cute!!

  38. The fabulous Colleen allegedly said:

    After I saw your first blog post I HAD to make a lunch bag. I used some Eric Carle, very hungry caterpillar fabric. It turned out really cute!! You are an enabler!! ;)

  39. The fabulous Sue allegedly said:

    I love those bags so much that I made them for my Bunco group. They all seemed to appreciate them. I have one that I use for a little project bag. I’m retired so I don’t get to take a lunch many places but this bag almost made me want to go back to work. Thank goodness I got over that!

    Ive been thinking of making a larger bag, too. But that’s as for as I’ve gone on that project.

  40. The fabulous ayumills allegedly said:

    Oh Monica! You are the reason why several people have contacted me about the tutorial again recently! You seriously make the cutest lunch bags and it just makes me so happy to know that you think about making lunch bags often now ;) You rock!

  41. The fabulous Jayme C allegedly said:

    Hmmm, do I detect a hint of a giveaway? Even if you werent thinking it before, maybe I’ve planted a seed? Like Inception? Make more and send them to Jayme! And p.s. this is only a dream in a dream in a dream… Hehehe!!!

  42. The fabulous samantha allegedly said:

    I’ve been dying to make one (or more) of these to hold my knitting projects…

  43. The fabulous Jodi B allegedly said:

    You are not alone! I have made 9 so far and I keep thinking of fabric combos for them. They are just so darn cute. Everytime I finish one I dance around squeeling “this is the cutest one yet” and my poor husband looks at me and says, “yep, the cutest one yet”. Please let us know if you figure out the measurements for a bigger one….I would love to make that too!

  44. The fabulous Dina allegedly said:

    I don’t have a sewing machine, and even if I did, I could not see:(((( but I want a baggggggggg!!!!! Who will make me one??? Is anyone selling?

  45. The fabulous Kimberly allegedly said:

    I haven’t made one yet but have thought about it more than several times. Maybe if you gave me one of yours for a little hands-on inspiration, I’d be a little more inspired. Yes, I think that would work.


  46. The fabulous Dianne Mitzel allegedly said:

    oh, you talented woman you!! These bags are adorable..and the fabric combos are great. I wish I could get excited about something, and really turn out the darling things you do…since my pillowcase marathon, I’ve been kind of lacking in enthusiasm. Maybe this week it will all come rushing back. You inspire all of us, keep it up!!

  47. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    This bag is so completely addicting. I made like 40 of them for a Dance Team fundraiser. And it didn’t even take that long..assembly line! :) I’m tackling another Weekender for Nisa in the next day or two..yippee…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fabrics you used.

  48. The fabulous marcella allegedly said:

    I am so addicted to these bags from the last time you posted about them! They are just so fun to sew and so darn cute. Love them! Hope you share pics of your bigger bags soon.

  49. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    I made one the last week in my quilt group, it is so cute, many pink for my two years old Ana. And now all the group will do one this week. It is a easy, fast and pretty proyect. I anderstand you.
    And I love your work, and the little zombie.
    With love

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