make a grab bag this weekend



As fabric designers and quilt makers we have a seemingly endless stash of fabric so we decided to make for Christmas gifts lots of bags for the tweens, teens and women in our lives. One of our favorite patterns is a free download from the wonderful folks at American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.


The pattern suggests using batting with lightweight quilting fabric. We used corduroy, lightweight upholstery fabric, and wools so we didn’t need the batting. These bags were so fast that each one took only an hour or so to whip up and it’s even faster if you’ve got an assembly line going. Our 12-year-old cousin pronounced them perfect for sleepovers although I was thinking more farmers’ market.

28 thoughts on “make a grab bag this weekend

  1. I’ve made these type bags (using a pattern called the Japanese Knot Bag) and they are ever so useful for any number of reasons. One version I made is for my letterboxing kit and I embroidered a mermaid and waves around the outside. I love these bags!

  2. Great idea for farmers market. I am going to make some to keep ready for harvesting my vegetables and I have the perfect fabric for it too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Wonderful idea, I like the way you can hook them (knot them) at the top and keep things from spilling out. Gina from Quilter’s Buzz sent me over, great blog, I’ve bookmarked a couple of inspirations already.

  4. I’m glad to see that you have a blog. I enjoyed your segment on The Quilt Show and articles in quilt magazines. Now I can keep up to date with your blog. Thanks.

  5. I’m so happy to learn that you have a blog! Read about it on Quilter’s Buzz and have passed the link along to quilty friends. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Thanks so much for this pattern share. I had another pattern for this kind of bag but was much more smaller and this one is just the perfect fit!

  7. I made this bag, but I did something terribly wrong. Everything was going fine until the last two steps… when it came to turning the bag after sewing the two pieces together, it all went sort of pear shaped. I unpicked the whole thing and re-started from halfway through, only to get the same result… I obviously stitched the bag together in the wrong way because I was unable to make it “reversible” — instead, it was just… wrong. It’s a lovely bag!! I might try again, but I’m afraid of ruining another good fat quarter…


  9. Luv these bags. What I’ve been looking for too. Do you happen to have a free bag pattern that goes around the waist or on your belt to leave your hands free. They used to be called “Fanny Packs”. I’m disabled, and could really use (make that need) one. Thank you

  10. Karen, I’m afraid that I don’t have any fanny pack patterns but I’m sure that if you Google it that you will find one. Good Luck!

  11. Hai,i interested insewing these bag,but can’t get the pattern from ‘free download’.Can U help me,i wish to make these as a gift to my mom,tqvm

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    1. Hi Linda,

      I’d contact All People Quilt or Meredith Corp. It is not my intellectual property to give away so I can’t legally copy my pattern for you. But the folks at All People Quilt or American Patchwork & Quilting are lovely people so ask them. Tell ‘em Weeks sent you. ;)

      Weeks Ringle co-owner and designer

      Modern Quilt Studio 719 Iowa Street Oak Park IL 60302 (708) 445-1817


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