Making memories one day at a time.......and then I write about it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Bag Lady Pageantry


 I came across this pattern on the Internet and thought it would be fun to teach the girls that I am over in the youth group at church.  A few months ago I taught them how to make pajama pants.  It was a complete fly by the seat of my pants adventure.  I didn't make a pair before hand so we all learned as we went.


This time around I thought I would try to make a bag before I taught the girls and hopefully things would go smoother.  One bag turned into another.... and another.... and another.  I present to you, all of the contestants in the bag lady pageantry!


Here we have Miss New Jersey with her hands on her hips.  Her gown is made from a very modern splashy springy fabric sporting stripes and paisley.


Next we have Miss Montana.  For her talent she is performing the hula.  Remember, the dance is all about the hands telling a story, not the hips......  Miss Montana learned how to hula on YouTube.


Miss Montana would like to draw attention to the inside of her lined gown.  She and Holly Hobby picked out fabric for their dresses together.


Next up we have miss Hawaii.  Don't be fooled by her cute petite size.  She's quite ticked at Miss Montana for taking all of her thunder by doing the Hula for her talent but you would never know by her yellow sunny disposition peeking through the top of her gown.


Last up we have Miss Texas.  Everything really is bigger in Texas if one goes by the amount of yardage used in Miss Texas's gown.  As she sits her all serene with arms folded she demurely leans into the microphone and tells us all that she really does just want world peace.  That's all she wants y'all.  World peace!

Then End!

29 comments:

  1. Love your bags, and the fabrics and your stories befind the fabric, orginally from Texas and now from Montana, can relate.

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    1. I started out just making the one from left over fabric from quilts. I just went kind of crazy after that! :)

      When I started to make the Hawaiian print bags Henny Penny got all excited. That fabric is from her quilt I'd made her.

      It's been awhile since I've pulled out my stash. It as quite fun. I look forward to the day when I can get back to more quilting/sewing.

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  2. These are so cute! I vote for Miss New Jersey ;-)

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    1. That fabric is left over from an apron I made Sarah that didn't turn out as cute as I'd imagined in my mind. I'm glad the bag turned out much better. :)

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  3. Rachel, you crack me up! Miss New Jersey is a shoe (or is that shoo) in! Were they easy enough to teach your girls?
    Miss West Virginia should have a heap of blue and gold quilted on the outside and her underskirt should show the starry starry night sky...we are Almost Heaven, you know!
    Unless, of course, it was made by me and then it would be greens and mountains and purples for their majesty, with an underskirt of blackest black for our coal...and it wouldn't show dirt so fast! Just a suggestion!

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    1. They are super easy to make. I made four in one day.

      I dunno about the starry night sky. Montana IS the Big Sky country ya know..... I do agree with the greens and mountains and purples....

      Hmmm, I wonder what Miss Utah would be. There's the mountains, the red rocks, all the ski areas........ hmmmm.

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  4. I still want to learn how to make those because they are amazingly adorable!!

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    1. Miss New Jersey will surely win the title. I mean LOOK at those paisley prints! I adore paisley prints. And stripes. And SHE has got it all. Though, hula dancing is pretty darn neat too. Kinda like belly dancing - but THAT bag would have a coin trim on it, and sequins. Darn it, now I want a belly dancing bag.

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    2. WABI!!!! You speak my language!!!! COINS!!! SEQUINS!!! I have one of those outfits ya know........ I'd hate to waste it on a bag though.... that's why it is sitting in a drawer until I lose some weight. :D

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  5. You've got nice bags Miss Academy.

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  6. You're too funny! How does your mind work that clever, clever way?

    And the bags are cute, too.

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    1. I've a simple mind. Most people use theirs to solve problems, think about constructive things, mine....... it's hopeless. :D

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  7. YOU. Are a nut. That's just one of the reasons I love you and your bags.

    Plus, who else would go to a funeral with me when I have tissue fuzz all over my cheeks? ;)

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    1. A nut that has been cracked one too many times. :)

      It was cute fuzz. :D

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    2. You wear your tissue well. :)

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  8. I'm glad I got to meet these girls in person. I wish I'd looked inside - but that might have been rude. You and Wabi are incorrigible. What are you going to do with all these fantastic bags? And what the devil would you do with a sequin and coins bag? I'm just shakin' my head. You are both silly and clever. I think that makes you dangerous.

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  9. Well, some of the bags are spoken for and the others....... I'm always looking for bags to put projects in. I'm sure I'll fill them soon enough!

    Wabi! Did you hear that? She called us incorrigible! Us? What? And DANGEROUS! (Looking at ceiling while whistling......)

    Oh Kristen. You have to ask what we'd do with a sequin and coin bag? Seriously???

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  10. I am giggling away here at your lovely pageant contestants, you are so wonderfully bonkers Rachel (I hope that survives translation and isn't something terribly rude in the USA! - here is just means slightly crazy in a funny and lovable way). I think Miss Montana gets my vote (I have a thing for red barns and I love the way the top layer looks like the starry skies). They are all fab though and such a great project to do with the girls - hope you all have lots of fun making them x

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    1. Bonkers translates perfectly. It is the same here in the USA. :)

      I have a thing for red barns too! Old barns. Where I live, there aren't any real barns. I say 'real barns' meaning the kind that I grew up with. There are a lot of barns where I live here in Utah but they are modern and aren't romantic like the old ones.

      I have such fond memories of playing in my big old barn while growing up...

      I did have a lot of fun making the bags. I'd meant to just make one so that when I taught the girls I'd know what I was doing but then I'd see some fabric in my stash that looked like it wanted to be made into a bag and I just kept going! :D

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  11. SO funny! Love the bags and their personalities!

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    1. Can you believe that Indi is going to be one of my YW soon?? Just crazy!

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  12. Like. (That's all this tired brain can oome up with for now.)

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    1. :D And if this were Face Book, you wouldn't have even needed to type. You could have just clicked on the 'like' button.

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  13. So now you're officially a 'bag' lady? LOL

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    1. I've always been a bag! It's the lady part that is questionable.

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