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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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more jane market bags

It was a market bag weekend (using jane market bag pattern)–I made my library bag as well as two others. I find that whenever I repeat a pattern, I end up making more mistakes than the first time.  With the floral bag and my library bag I forgot to do the top stitching down the length of the center panels, and I was so focused on NOT missing that with the second library bag that I forgot to top stitch around the top!  (I’m also not sure whether the pocket is crooked or the crooked striped print just makes it LOOK crooked, but there’s that, too.  I shouldn’t start listing the mistakes in my projects, though–that could get both lengthy and depressing.)

The floral fabric reminds me of my parents’ bedding when I was growing up–my sister and I were both drawn to it, and then we realized why!

Since my Nana rarely ventures onto the interwebs, I think it’s safe to say that I made this bag for her.  She’s a big library fan herself, so I thought she’d enjoy a library tote!  I wanted to try a version where the center panel was the same as the exterior and just the pocket was a contrasting fabric, and I think it’s nice!  I might try doing an all-one-fabric-except-for-the-straps-and-pocket-band next, but I think I’m going to take a break from market bags for a bit.  They are deceptively time consuming!

Louisa - I love the fabric combination that you chose for both bags.

Deb Prewitt - What cute bags. I love bags and have bunches of them. Some I have made and some picked up at various places and some were given to me. I operate under the premise that you just can’t have too many bags!

Decorate Your Soul » Crafty Mama Monday: Project 22 - […] on this adorable Posie Gets Cozy Jane Market Bag that I had originally oohed and ahhhed over at Traci’s Stolen Moments. I decided to use home decor fabric with this pattern to have  a sturdier bag in the end- so glad […]

Peris - Did you add batting or interfacing or something to get it to stand up better…mine is real flimsly….thanks for any thoughts on that.

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