Monday, May 1, 2017

Retreat Bag

I have returned from my lovely retreat weekend. It seemed appropriate that one of my projects should be a Retreat Bag. This is a free pattern, from Emmaline Bags.

The bag came home, completely finished.

Pretty snappy, right?

The bag has a wire frame, that you slide into the bag, after you finish it. This makes the bag sit open on a table.

I added handles to the pattern, to make it easy to carry. I wanted it as a project bag, to take my knitting to meetings.

Lots of room inside, so I can stash a whole shawl in here.

I had to make sure the kitty ended up in the middle of the pocket.

On the other side is a zippered pocket, with a bright surprise on the inside.

The fabric is a Laurel Burch that has been in my stash for quite awhile, along with some purple fabric I bought a couple of years ago, on spec.

I like the pattern and I think I might make more of these.The straps and the zipper pocket are my own modifications.

My dear friend, Maggie, of  The Cheerful Chickadee, bought to retreat a present for me.

No calorie cupcakes, in Tula Pink!

She gave me a box of five, presented in a bakery box. Isn't that the perfect gift of a quilter? Now, what shall these become?


  1. Now that bag could easily have followed me home! It is just the perfect size for applique too. The handles the perfect fit over a shoulder, as for the purple. The colour is finding me, no matter where I go. Looking forward to one in my Christmas Stocking?....

  2. VERY snappy! Love the little cupcakes, too.

  3. Cute little that bag!!!

  4. love those cute little cupcakes

  5. How wonderful to have finished a project that you can now use. Looks like a nice roomy bag and even though I didn't need more fabric, I'd love those cupcakes. What a great idea.

  6. Awesome bag!!! That fabric is to die for. I bet if you leave it open on the floor long enough you might find a really kitty napping in it.

    I love how the "cupcakes" are coordinating. Very clever.

  7. That is a great bag. Love how it opens so wide. The tab on the end of the zipper is nice.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday.

  8. Hi Kate,
    Love the bag, it's so colorful! The little cupcakes are really cute and what a great idea....Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!