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by toogie ( edited 07 Mar 2019 ) 06 Mar 2019

UPDATE_ FOUND LINK_Good evening (here anyway) Cuties! When I went to my QOV meeting a couple ladies had these very large bags they had made. Naturally, me being curious, I had to figure out how to make one. lol And of course I had to have one too, to bring all my 'supplies' back and forth.

One of the ladies told me the pattern came with a certain iron on interfacing with grids marked for your 2 1/2 inch sqs, so you HAD to buy the pattern. (She doesn't know us Cuties, ha ha )
Well, I can mark a grid on interfacing and I googled Mondo Bag to see how to put it together, on You Tube. I also had this pack of charm sqs just waiting for a project, so I cut them into 2 1/2 inch sqs and added a few from yardage so here is my result.
I quilted my lining using my walking foot. I used everything from my stash, even piecing batting for my lining, as I didn't have fusible fleece. The charm pack was a gift from someone who went on the MSQC bus trip.(wasn't that nice?) The lining was fabric that was given some time ago, maybe from my aunt ,when she could no longer quilt. The very bottom ends up being about 11 inches sq so it's humongous! I could probably get my little machine in it! Anyway, I hope you like it and I didn't forget my name! Can you find it?- Well, if you like it and need one, go for it! I know you can do it! Toogie


by mihok 11 Mar 2019

Great job! I love it. Reba

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toogie by toogie 11 Mar 2019

Thanks Reba!

by dragonflyer 07 Mar 2019

Well done!

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by markus 07 Mar 2019

Lovely thanks for shearing

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

You're welcome, thanks!

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by sewdeb edited 07 Mar 2019

Oh, Wow! You never fail to amaze me with all you manage to make-figure out-quilt-sew-donate! Are you sure there's only ONE of you?! LOL! This bag is WONDERFUL! Hugs*, Deb

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

Thanks Deb and I just found out a medium size is only 108 (2 1/2 in) sqs, so 3x9 grid equals 27 for each panel. I may try this one as I am afraid the Bitty Bag may be too small for a purse, not sure.

by sewtired 07 Mar 2019

Beautiful bag Toogie! And even better when you figure it out for yourself. I love how it goes together. Just curious, what is the purpose of the little loops?

toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

The loops are to hook your keys or charms etc. Sometimes we can figure it out and when you do, its so good you don't have to buy a pattern, especially when you may just make one of it.

sewtired by sewtired 07 Mar 2019

Thanks for the info. This looks like it would be a fun bag to make, if I could find the time. I'm currently working on sanitary supplies for girls in Uganda and then I've a very long list of projects to attempt. Sigh!!! Maybe if I spent less time on the computer.

by dailylaundry 07 Mar 2019

Toogie, your's is beautiful. Anyone would be proud to own this bag. Your talent is amazing.

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

Not my idea but I saw it and wanted to give it a try.thanks!

by arisann 07 Mar 2019

Love this ,thanks!

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

You're welcome, would love to see if you make one!

by stork 07 Mar 2019

Toogie your bag turned out great! I have the regular mondo bag pattern and the smaller one and haven't made them yet. I need to get one done after seeing yours!!!

toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

How many squares are on the smaller panels and what size are the Sqs? This is called the Mondo, the largest.

stork by stork 12 Mar 2019

sent personal message

by sebsews 07 Mar 2019

WOW what a great bag! Your projects continue to amaze me! Suzanna

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

Thanks Suzanna, I just love to try something different.

by nurselilly 07 Mar 2019

It looks great I love it well done xx

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

Thank you very much.

by mops Moderator 07 Mar 2019

It looks great, Toogie. Beautiful work.
I've made some bags using just 12 4" squares. Much simpler than your pieced blocks, but same way to sew them together - and smaller of course. Bernina had a Permission Bag in one of their Through-the-needle-off magazines years ago where every 5" felt block was embroidered - pattern still available at Indygo Junction.
But you are right: Cuties just have to see it and figure it out themselves.

toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

I seem to remember a Cutie made some smaller, purse size like this, with embroidery. What's a Permission Bag?

mops by mops 07 Mar 2019

The (silly) name was given as they gave "permission" to digitise your own squares.

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by rescuer Moderator 06 Mar 2019

Brilliant work! Thank you for sharing your bag making gifts. I love how your mind just knows how to make it happen.

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

They pretty much tell you everything you need to know but I do love a challenge. I may never make another and then again I was thinking.... It would make a great bag for special toys grand kids just have to bring when they go to sitter ( meπŸ˜‰)!

by pennifold 06 Mar 2019

Good afternoon Toogie, it's 1.45pm Thursday afternoon as I look at this post. What a great job you have done, and isn't YouTube amazing for showing one how to do things. You've done a great job and the colours are really great, they don't show the dirt. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

They all came in a 5 inch Charm Pack but two, the lining country blue and the navy, on the handles. I think I used 192 two and half inch sqs, but the 5 in Charms only yeilded 168, so I used the navy to make up the difference.
You are so right about the Internet, kids say 'just google it' and it's true. You can find anything.

by graceandham 06 Mar 2019

Oh, Toogie, this is adorable, but I'd have to see it in person to begin to understand how to put one together. Your fabrics all long hand-selected and coordinated to the nth degree. Such a cute result. You're still on my smart cookie list. Sent you a PM.

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

You give me too much credit and I'm sure you could make one. I'll check my pm.

by crafter2243 Moderator 06 Mar 2019

Thank you for the inspiration. I have so many 2 1/2 squares and strips that I will try that some day. I love your purse and you are amazing with all you do.

crafter2243 by crafter2243 06 Mar 2019

P.S. If you want to make it smaller use the same principal but using only 3 squares per row.

toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

Yes I saw that mid size with 3 rows. This one is way too large for anybody's big purse! Thanks Angie and if you just wanna make a big print and not cut all those sqs, my lining and finished 4 strips were each 8 1/2 in x 25 inch.

by 02kar Moderator 06 Mar 2019

You are a clever Cutie. Kudos to you for figuring out how to make the bag. And a high five for using everything you needed from your stash. I love it and know you will use it and show it off with joy.

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toogie by toogie 07 Mar 2019

I just get a certain satisfaction when I try and succeed at something. You can't even tell anything is missing from my stash πŸ˜³πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚