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Poochie Bags - Fat quarter friendly bag

September 16th, 2009

Wow, that’s a lot of f-words in my title.   I’ve always gotten a kick out of “fat quarter friendly”… very District 9-ish.  Like the fat quarter is either allowed or not allowed to mingle with the other fabrics.

Three fat quarters.  Three different versions for three different “pooches”.
Poochie Bags

I call the bottom corners “milk carton corners” to make the bag “pooch” out. A poochie corner. I know there’s an official sewing term (boxed corners), but this is what I like to call it. Plus I love milk, and milk in a little carton is just plain cute… and I highly doubt the official sewing term is going to be something cute.
- Moda’s Aviary bag has no boxed corners and is poochless
- Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s Market bag has 1″ boxed corners to yeild a 2″ pooch
- Lecien’s Flower Sugar bag has 2″ boxed corners to yeild a 4″ pooch
Poochie Bags

Milk carton boxed corners not only alter the pooch of the pouch - but the height as well.
Poochie Bags

I like a chubby pooch.
Poochie Bags
“Baby Happy” is the quilt under the poochie bags and my PDF pattern is available here.   A freebie from meebie.  And fat quarter friendly.

Poochie Bag PatternYou can get my PDF pattern here. My little pattern is fast, fun and a good use for one’s ever growing fat quarter stash (they’re like bunnies - seriously… WHAT is going on in my cupboards!?). I’ve started a Poochie Bag flickr group - I think it will be fun to see all the fabric combos and what’s put inside the bags. And where the bags are going. And who are they for. And so on and so forth.  Hope you have fun!

This pattern that is for someone who knows how to sew. If you’re interested in learning how to sew or quilt and don’t have access to a quilt shop or community college that teaches sewing and/or quilting - here are some good online resources and books to help you get started on the sewing quilting crack.
All People Quilt
Sew,Mama,Sew! Forum & Book Shop

The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman
Complete Guide to Quilting by Better Homes & Gardens
Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes
Start Quilting with Alex Anderson by Alex Anderson

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94 Responses

  1. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    You did it again!!! Can’t wait to make this! Thank you!

  2. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Thanks so much…you did it again…a great fun pattern…can’t wait to make this!

  3. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    now i know what i am going to do with my day!!!

  4. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    They are so cute! I almost snorted milk out of my nose at your suck it comment. Thanks for the pattern.

  5. The fabulous Jodi allegedly said:

    Way Way Way cute!

  6. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    It’s adorable! Thank you! As is your post and the all the pics. How do you get so much cuteness in one post?

  7. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    I always love saying inappropriate things. And your bags. And that darling quilt!! Hey, I have some of that fabric! wahoo. I heart you.

  8. The fabulous Caron Mosey allegedly said:

    I love that little bag!!! How adorable. I want to make one for each girl for Christmas.

  9. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Sure duper cool!

  10. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Monica dear! These are so cute! I can’t wait to make bunches. I love these! I’ve been away from my computer and it’s so nice to come back to visit and see you’ve been so productive. You are inspiring me to get my rear in gear sister!! p.s. Just got back from visiting my mama in MT, she is about to order herself a Blythe…sniff sniff.. I’m so proud. xoxo

  11. The fabulous kern allegedly said:

    I love the flower sugar one!

  12. The fabulous Sophia Aster [Lisa] allegedly said:

    I LOVE “poochie corners”! I use those in all of my totes as well as some other little goodies I make. Cute bags!

  13. The fabulous Sophia Aster [Lisa] allegedly said:

    Oh…and Flower Sugar is my new love. I will not cut it, I will not cut it, I will not cut it….

  14. The fabulous LauraJ allegedly said:

    you’ve just solved my what-to-make-the-teacher-and-the-teacher’s-aides-for-christmas dilema!

  15. The fabulous Katy allegedly said:

    Darn you. I have been totally trying to resist the flower sugar lure. Now I need it. Totally need it. Plus I need to come live inside the flower sugar bag. Is that ok? I’ll tidy up after myself.

    Ps - thank you for helping me start planning christmas. And for giving me a reason to use up the ever-so slightly aloof FQ that refuse to hang out with the other fabrics in my stash.

  16. The fabulous Ricki allegedly said:

    Agreed: Official sewing terminology CAN suck-it!

    I love a chubby pooch as well…oh wait, you were talking about bags. LOL I can’t wait to make this one. A girl can never have too many cute bags.

  17. The fabulous Etta allegedly said:

    Very cute! If only there were more hours in the day..

  18. The fabulous Steph allegedly said:

    Milk carton corners are called box corners which is far too boring a term for these bags. They are cute!!

  19. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    They remind me of your other bags that I LOVE so much, you know, my EGG BAG. :) I’ll have to print this out for my new sewing friend to make, since you make wonderfully easy-to-read patterns.

  20. The fabulous georgia allegedly said:

    Ooh la la! I like it! Thank you so much! :-)

  21. The fabulous claire allegedly said:

    This is so cute! Can’t wait to make one =) By the way, I found you via “Blogging for Bliss”. Congratulations for being part of the book!

  22. The fabulous Lauri allegedly said:

    These are adorable! I’ve made a bunch like this for my girls…Claire especially loves them. She loves the little pocket in front.

    I love the fabrics you have put together! So colorful!

  23. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Another sensational pattern!!! And I was wondering what you had been up to…guess I know now!! Bring tomorrow for show and tell, they are fab!!

  24. The fabulous Kathi D allegedly said:

    Thank you, your royal zombieness, for this! I love these chubby little pooches! As many totes as I have made, I never think to put that outside pocket between the handles, DOH! And of course, your colors are delicious.

  25. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Love these bags Monica. We are in New Mexico right now…when I get homne I am downloading your pattern. so cute

  26. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Very, Very Cute! And guess what this buys you on the compound??? You get to do the shopping!!!

  27. The fabulous Rita allegedly said:

    Thanks so much for the adorable pattern!

  28. The fabulous Misty allegedly said:

    Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make one of these!

  29. The fabulous Sivje allegedly said:

    I love the bags. But what I love more is your wonderful pressing table. I love every picture you show of it. Just so pretty and cozy.

  30. The fabulous Sandi Henderson allegedly said:

    Ah, good. “Sandi’s market bag” means I should be watching for it in the mail, correct?

  31. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, these bags are the cutest. I love the one with the Lecien fabrics. Unfortunately it isn´t very easy for me to understand your description and I have problems with the inches, hehehe. It would be so much easier for me to have centimetres.
    Ganz liebe Grüsse hier von mir aus Bochum. Ich wünsche dir einen tollen Tag!

  32. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Very nice! Thanks Monica!

  33. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    Superduper cute. Love the poochies. I can think of lots of cute uses for them. Why not make a poochie instead of a buying a gift bag. sweet

  34. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Super cute totes Monica!

  35. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    Those are stinkin’ adorable!!! I like a chubby poopch, too…BUT only on my bags, LOL. Not on me.

  36. The fabulous Ruth allegedly said:

    Cute, cute, cute!!!! Fat quarters, here I come.

  37. The fabulous Dorothy allegedly said:

    Thank you Monica. I can always rely on you for my morning smile. The bag is really cute.

  38. The fabulous Carmen allegedly said:

    Oh wow! Thank you so much. I am actually just about to embark on teaching myself to sew (fed up of not being able to find what I want) so once I’ve mastered it I’m definitely going to have a go at this. I’ll update you when I’m done. Thank you again :)

  39. The fabulous Joanna allegedly said:

    Your instructions for making those too cute bags are easy to follow and very well done. It’s so simple. Thanks alot!

  40. The fabulous Mary Ann/Ca allegedly said:

    Everytime I see more photos of your studio I get envious. I have a sewing room buts it still cream with black stripe wallpaper that shrieks den. It needs to be bright and lovely and inspiring. Its the slug factor getting in the way…redecorate or sew! And then I sleep of course, maybe thats what needs to go…

  41. The fabulous tammyCA allegedly said:

    Oh, boy now I can use some of these fat quarters I keep buying…hope mine will look as cute. Lecien has some of the prettiest fabs.

  42. The fabulous Happy allegedly said:

    Hi ya chick…I love the bags…I have been making them lately and i have patterns galore here - but because of my dyslexia - it takes me forever to follow the instructions…so I often make bags up as I go along! depending on my mood and the style that I am trying to create…Is that weird!!!? I love this pattern of yours, it is kinda how I make mine too :)

    Im off to download the pdf as it looks kinda dyslexia friendly to me ;)

    Love Happy xx (your page mate…ps I still do not have a copy yet! still waiting for mine! Baaa humbug!)

  43. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Cute, cute poochies!! Hee!

  44. The fabulous Simone allegedly said:

    Love love love them! Thank you so much for the freebie!

  45. The fabulous Abbe allegedly said:

    Thank you for bringing the word Poochie to my vocab. You rock!
    You’ve made me smile :)

  46. The fabulous jaybird allegedly said:

    cute & simple bag… i’ll definitely be making this one… & looking for your quilt @ market!!

  47. The fabulous Sharon Appleton allegedly said:

    I love these bags couldn’t resist made 2 already just post a picture.
    Thank you again love it so much.

  48. The fabulous miranda allegedly said:

    Awesome pattern! I will make one poochie soon!
    That’s for sure!

    love Miranda

  49. The fabulous jam allegedly said:

    Thank you so much for the tote pattern; the milk carton corners AND the straps that go to the bottom…exactly what I’ve been looking for.Can’t wait to get started.

  50. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    So daggone cute, love them all!

  51. The fabulous Tula Pink allegedly said:

    Hi, Tula Burgundy here. I am a lounge singer, I have an array of strappy heels and sequence is my friend. Oh and I love a a chubby pooch as well, I carry one with me at all times. Oh crap, am I doing that bloggy inside joke thing? Whatta dork! See you at market!

  52. The fabulous Lori Holt allegedly said:

    I’m with ya sister…I like a chubby pooch too! Monica, these are just adorable! I want to make about a million of them.
    Kassidy and I will be whipping up a few on sew night.
    ps….LOVE the quilt…as usual I love everything you do.

  53. The fabulous Ramey Channell allegedly said:

    I love the fabulous Poochie Bags. I’ll be making lots of these for gifts.

  54. The fabulous Staci allegedly said:

    They are wonderful. I may make one this weekend. :)

  55. The fabulous Sweet Cottage Dreams allegedly said:

    seriously cute! the poochier, the better….!!!!!

    loooooove the fabric choices!!!


    have you tried the fries in chocolate shake yet?


  56. The fabulous Ina allegedly said:

    i love these little bags!

  57. The fabulous Bo allegedly said:

    I Love those bags….the colors are sooooooooooo beautiful.
    Prayers, Bo

  58. The fabulous Amy - parkcitygirl allegedly said:

    Adorable!! :)

  59. The fabulous Karen a.k.a. TheLazyQuilter allegedly said:

    Thanks for this awesome pattern - just up my lazy alley! lol

  60. The fabulous shradha allegedly said:

    cutie bags!….like those very much….will definitely stitch. thanks

  61. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    Thank you, i made it today ;)
    on my blog the picture…
    ciao Maria

  62. The fabulous kimberlee allegedly said:

    “so suck it, official terminology” LOL! You are hilarious! Love your spunky attitude!
    Very cute bags, I can’t decide between this size or the itty bitty size.

  63. The fabulous Regina allegedly said:

    These will make great gifts for my little nieces.

  64. The fabulous Sara allegedly said:

    I just made a few of the itty bitty ones to give to friends for Halloween. I was having a really terrible day but when I found these patterns it brightened my mood quite a bit. Thanks!

  65. The fabulous Liz allegedly said:


  66. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    The bag is adorable, i really hope i get to feeling better so that i can make some for Christmas. I also agree, that your web page is adorable and so inviting.

  67. The fabulous Ms Whit allegedly said:

    Can’t wait to make the Poochie Bag. It is so cute. I enjoy your site very much.

  68. The fabulous Lenetta @ Nettacow allegedly said:

    Love these! And I love the way they utilize fat quarters - that’s awesome.

  69. The fabulous CathieG allegedly said:

    Thanks you so much for the pattern. Love your work!

  70. The fabulous Jillian allegedly said:

    Thanks so much for this pattern. I just made this today to use for my “gift bag” for a book swap for tonights book club christmas party. I blogged about it too if you ever get a chance to check it out. :-)

  71. The fabulous maricea rezende almeida allegedly said:

    Thanks for this pattern . I love the bags , I´ll make for gifts to my friends.

  72. The fabulous Gloria JW allegedly said:

    OOohh thank you, thank you, thank you!! It looks to be so simple and yet turns out so elegantly.
    Rainbow smiles.. Gloria

  73. The fabulous Dee allegedly said:

    I consider myself a “nonsewer,” and I, yes, I, was able to complete a poochie bag in about 2-1/2 hours and it’s so cute! Wonderful pattern!

  74. The fabulous Mareike allegedly said:

    Those bags are so cute!

  75. The fabulous Priya allegedly said:

    You have an amazing sense of colour! Thanks for the inspiration. My daughters and I are sorting out my endless collection of scrap bits of cloth to make some beautiful bags.

  76. The fabulous Sara allegedly said:

    Thank you SO much on this tutorial! I made a bag tonight and I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for showing me what fun I can have with fat quarters!

  77. The fabulous Lynda allegedly said:

    I love the bag! Have lots of “scraps” to use up. These will make great gift bags!

  78. The fabulous MommaBlogger allegedly said:

    Great pattern :) I used this to teach my 9yo daughter how to use the sewing machine today, and it turned out great! I did some of the trickier spots, but she did quite a bit of it, and did pretty good too :)

  79. The fabulous Moineau16 allegedly said:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial, I made a couple of these over the week-end and I am super pleased with them ;)

  80. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    This PDF tutorial ROCKS! Love your blog! Keep up the great work!

  81. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    I know I am a year late, but I just found your wonderful site and made one of your little bags yesterday. I LOVE it! It was pretty easy, and affordable. Thank you so much for sharing this and making the lovely .pdf!! Appreciate you! Feel better!

  82. The fabulous ellen allegedly said:

    808 no ka oi! I found a Zombie! Just discovered you today. Only because I needed one more tote bag!

  83. The fabulous kathryn g. allegedly said:

    i made some and i love them!!

  84. The fabulous Missy allegedly said:

    Thanks for the great tutorial, I made a couple for Christmas gifts!

  85. The fabulous terri allegedly said:

    Just made mt first bag,well Im hooked! Simple to fallow. Quick to sew. My mind is running—want to make so many for so many things. This one is going to my 16mo. grandaughter filled with her Valentine goodies. Thank you so much !!! penni pocket next!!

  86. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    suck it… that is hysterical! you are my most favorite pattern maker ever,,,

  87. The fabulous Jerimi allegedly said:

    I know this is an older post, but… I laughed until I had tears in my eyes. Great writing! I can’t wait to try out your pattern. Thanks for sharing. ;)

  88. The fabulous Lillie allegedly said:

    I’m new to sewing, never even used a sewing machine before so this is such a new experience for me! This bag is so cute, I can’t wait to get my new hobby started!!

  89. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern. This is exactally what I have been looking for. I will let you know how it turns out.

  90. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    I just love this bag! I’ll have to give it a try.

  91. The fabulous Katherin allegedly said:

    I made one of these the other day without poochie corners to start with, very cute. Going to try making a bigger version too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  92. The fabulous Celeste allegedly said:

    I just discovered you on Pinterest, and I can’t stop looking at your stuff! I am “hunting down” some of your fabric, and I am going to attempt the poochie bag for some christmas prezzies!

  93. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    This bag is great. My sister and I went to a quilt show over the week end and she went nuts over a tote! I said, “I made you one for Christmas last year!?” She said, “Yeah, but you can never have too many. And the one you made didn’t have any pockets.” Thanks for the pattern for one with pockets. Going to sew all day today!

  94. The fabulous Ninibeanie (UK) allegedly said:

    These are so pretty and will be perfect at Christmas! Just bought my first sewing machine so looking forward to having a go at this. Wish me luck!!! Xx

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