Friday FO

I am all about the small finishing right now. I have 1 more Challenge item to share. The first 2 bags were shown on Monday’s post and the 3rd was on Wednesday.  I received 4 FQs and added 3 fabrics to the mix.

For the last bag I made a different Open Wide! I used the cute otter material on the outside and the starry birds for the lining.


I did a square Cross-Hatch pattern with a plaid vibe

Making this bag is a challenge because of the side panels. By the time you are done you have sewn around that edge 3 times! I am thinking I just might add the binding to the outer piece before I sew the side panel. Then I won’t have to sew such a difficult seam 3x!! This time I hand sewed the binding down instead of using the machine. Click the photo to see those otters better!!

Once the ends are done it’s time for zipper and then binding and then, DONE!


I just love the details I put into this one!!! The zipper pull came from Zipit,. they are always putting in little goodies. And the zipper tab! How cute is that little otter hanging out?

I can’t say I had total fun with this challenge. I was worried that my recipient wouldn’t like the items, but she loved them. I am glad I took part, and next year I will likely jump in again. And now, back to the piecing of blocks! I have some other items that need to get done.

And a new project to start! Our Guild received a wonderful donation of fabric from a local fabric designer. The Guild put together kits for the members to take, make, and return. I live 1 hour away from the location they use for the Charity Sewing, so I don’t always make it there. This gives me the chance to contribute without having to attend the sew-ins. Such a wonderful donation.

So, how’s your Friday going?

Linking with:
Whoop Whoop
TGIFF
From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto
Peacock Party
Busy Hands
UFO Busting

30 thoughts on “Friday FO

  1. Maggie May 17, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Another wonderful bag! Of course the recipient was happy with them, they’re all so beautiful and carefully made.
    The charity sewing will be great too!

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      Aw, thank you! I guess I should make myself another one of these bags. I didn’t use the Soft and Stable when I made mine, so it’s kind of slouchy! > >

  2. DelightedHands May 17, 2019 / 8:17 am

    Great job on the bag-details are what set off a ‘simple’ project like a bag.
    The kit is great–the carpenter block is on my bucket list!

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks, every detail counts! I have had that one on my list too, now I will finally get to it. Well, when I get to it! > >

  3. rl2b2017 May 17, 2019 / 8:35 am

    Hi Chris! Open wide is the perfect name for this bag. I just love the plaid effect you created with quilting – very clever and cool. I agree the the cuteness of that little otter on the zipper tab – great job fussy cutting it, and that pull is fun. I’ll bet your guild person was thrilled with how you transformed her FQs. I know I sure would be! Woot woot to being able to contribute to charity sewing without having to drive an hour each way to do so! Win/win/win. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 3:13 pm

      I am so glad she liked her bags. I was afraid she was set on getting a quilt top! Thanks > >

  4. Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty May 17, 2019 / 8:41 am

    I wouldn’t mind being on the receiving end of that beautiful pouch! I’m especially crazy about the fabric you used for the lining … I need to get my hands on some of that Alison Glass loveliness.

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks, but don’t go looking for Allison, because it’s Tula Pink. I wouldn’t mind some of that otter print! > >

  5. Linda H. May 17, 2019 / 8:47 am

    I think your Open Wide bag is great, and well-worth the time you spent on it, even to going around the bound edges three times! Anything worth doing, is worth doing well, right? 🙂 I’m sure your recipient loves it. And I agree that the ZipIt zipper tab is nice. I’ve gotten some of those too. Thanks for sharing!

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 3:12 pm

      I just love these bags, but I do wish that side binding was easier! LOL Thanks > >

  6. Karen Goad May 17, 2019 / 8:58 am

    I rarely make bags but do like yours. I like the quilting you did on it to

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you! I am trying to not use the same quilting motif every time. I need to pull out my Walk book for the next time I do an all over pattern. > >

  7. Jeannie Gray Wiant May 17, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    OMG! That seal is adorable!! And I LOVE that spotted fabric. Great colors!

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      Is it a seal? I thought it was an otter. LOL!!! Shows how much I know about wildlife. Thanks > >

  8. Michelle Churchman May 17, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    That’s a fantastic little bag! I can see why the recipient loved her gift.

    • chrisknits May 17, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks! I so did not want to give it up! I might even have to buy some of that fabric and make one for myself! > >

  9. Vireya May 18, 2019 / 5:51 am

    The otter is such a cute finishing touch on that lovely bag.

  10. Kate May 18, 2019 / 7:39 am

    Love that otter bag! Congrats on finishing off your challenge stitching. Looking forward to your return to the regularly scheduled projects.

    • chrisknits May 18, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Thanks. Now to no stress sewing!

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  11. quiteayarnblog May 18, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    Wow – you make some amazing bags! That otter fabric is super cute 🙂

  12. Lisa J. May 19, 2019 / 8:22 am

    Love those Otters! Your bags turned out so nicely. I have a hard time sewing binding on bags. I don’t know if its me, or the machines or both.

    • chrisknits May 19, 2019 / 12:57 pm

      I think it’s that bags have so much shape! But then that’s why they’re bags and not quilts! 😂 Thanks

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  13. Wendy Welsh May 19, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    Oh that new Tula Pink fabric looks wonderful, and pouch is always a great idea to showcase special fabrics. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.

  14. Anja @ Anja Quilts May 20, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    Very nice finish. The zipper pull is a wonderful addition. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 3:58 pm

      No problem! Thanks for hosting. > >

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