A New Bag For a Trip

Why is it that every time I go on a trip, which isn’t that often, I feel like I need to make a new bag for that trip?

I can’t pinpoint where the inspiration for this bag came from. Maybe I dreamed it. I really just wanted to play with some of the home dec fabrics I have in my stash, which seem perfect for bags. I loved this color combination of brown, teal and green, so I kept the outside embellishment simple with random zig-zag quilting lines using teal thread.

I also wanted a tote bag bigger than what I normally make. This prototype came out to measure an 11-inch square, big enough to carry all my purse stuff and fit a paperback inside too.

I wanted a long strap to sling this across my shoulders, but I didn’t have enough strapping for that style. So I made two straps instead, which I think I will like better anyway. It feels more sturdy and I like being able to tuck it underneath my arm. I’m super happy with how this turned out, so I’m hoping to add this one to my repertoire.

Our annual trip to New York City for my birthday bash is upon us, so I hope to see you back here in a few days!


  • Dear Terri, you made me laugh…because you are amazing! Every time you have something extra ordinary to show us!
    Wonderful bag and I (as bag lover) certainly would like to make similar!
    Happy Birthday and have an unforgetable trip to New York!
    xxx Teje

  • Have a safe and wonderful trip. Happy Birthday you say?? Love your new bag.

  • wonderful bag!
    have a great time~you lucky ducky girl!

  • New York???!!! I am J E A L O U S!! Have a great time!

  • How adorable! I hope you have a WONDERFUL time on your trip and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • yippeee! i love your new bag. i wont be getting to nyc until friday afternoon so am guessing you may be leaving that area by then? i started a new bag too but didnt have time to finish it…..i had to buy one at a store. i know the horror. 🙂

    have a safe trip.

  • That bag looks great! Enjoy your birthday trip!

    ~ Meagan

  • Another great bag Terri.(ugh. next time I spell your name wrong smack me. just realized I’ve been doing that. sorry)

    Have a great trip and a very happy birthday!!

  • I like your style Terri :0) every trip deserves a new bag and where better to show it off that New York – hope we get to see plenty of pictures of you and your bag!

    Have a wonderful birthday and safe journey.
    Lots o’ hugs
    Shell x

  • Terri, that bag is especially cute. Have a fabulous trip. Look forward to reading about your adventures. Wendy

  • New York? Wow, I’m jealous too! And your bag is fabulous!

  • Such a beautiful bag! I love that you always have a contrasting piping in your bags. It just gives them the right amount of zip! Happy Birthday and safe travels.

  • Travel safe, my friend, and have a joyful birthday! I always look forward to the pictures!!

  • Enjoy your birthday trip to New York!!! How fun to have a new bag to take along on your journey. Those browns and teals look great together. Cool job with the zig zag stitching. I have that book sitting on my dresser and my daughter asked me about it. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t finished it yet 😉 I did finish John Grisham’s newest book though..need to add it to Goodreads. Take lots of pictures! Safe travels!

  • This is a great bag, I love the way you have fussy cut the print to make the center like a medallion. Enjoy your trip to the big city and have a great b-day 😉

  • Love your new bag! Enjoy sporting it in the Big City! Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful time.

  • have so much fun! and that bag…too cute!

  • Perfect sized bag and I love your fussy cutting! Have a fun trip and happy birthday!

  • Ohh…I love it!! I really love the quilting lines going every which way! Very cool!

  • Enjoy your Birthday trip to New York. Hope you get some new shoes to go with the bag!!!! Happy designing Terri.

  • Dearest sweet tarri, you bag is truly gorgeous and you always pick the most wonderful fabrics! Love love love! Have a lovely merry happy trip and oh my that is one of my favorite book too! Love to you!

  • Hope you are having a fabulous trip to NYC! Hope your birthday is an extra special one Terri – love how you celebrate it with a trip each year.

    Your new bag is lovely – all your details are always perfect – love the piping on the base and the zigzag quilting.

  • Terri-
    Hope you are having a very Happy Birthday trip. Can’t wait to see your photos!
    Your bag is Super Cute!! Love everything about it!!

    i love N.Y.
    we were there about 6 years ago. it was awesome!
    my bookclub read “to kill a mockingbird” this year. been a long time since high school – was surprised how much i could remember. have attitudes changed much???

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