I finished this quilter’s tote, the one and only Junior Billie Bag, last month and plum forgot to post pictures. Better late than never!
The bag, a scaled down version of the original tote designed by Billie Mahorney, measures 14″ across, 17″ high, and 7½” deep. You’ll notice the bag is wide enough for a 6½” x 24″ ruler. That’s my favorite feature of Billie’s wonderful design because it’s an awkward size ruler to carry around.
Here’s a look from the other side:
Every time I make a Junior Billie Bag (or JBB, as I like to call it) I have a lot of fun picking out fabrics and deciding what 12″ blocks to incorporate on the front and back panels. The inset circle shown in the first photo is a favorite design; this one was made from an octagonal kaleidoscope block. A more recent favorite is the windmill block shown above. I fussycut the bloom in the center into a square and added a ¼” strip around it.
Take a peek inside the bag, where you can see layers of pockets on all four sides:
Flat items like file folders, books, and patterns fit nicely in the larger pockets, and the smaller pockets hold a plethora of smaller items. There are outside pockets, too. All told, this Junior Billie Bag has somewhere around two dozen pockets. Anything too big too fit into a pocket can go in the center of the bag.
This JBB bag is currently hanging as a class sample in Montavilla Sewing Center‘s Lake Oswego store. In February and March I will teach a three-part workshop so experienced quilters can make their own versions. (Incidentally, in January I will teach a class called “Going in Circles” that highlights the no-pin freezer paper method of making inset circles, a variation of Dale Fleming’s method. More on both classes here.)
After the class is over I’ll have the pleasure of giving the JBB to a very dear friend.
This JBB is the eighth one I have made. If you’d like to see the first seven bags, you’ll find them here.
This is one very stunning bag! Love it and you!
Thank you, Vickie. Can’t wait to give it to you!!
The fabrics and design of your bags are so pretty! I’ve always loved the Billie Bags and would like to make one for a different purpose than for quilting supplies, in a different size. I’ve looked on the internet for a pattern but don’t know the name of the side/bottom panel construction, which gives it depth and allows it to stand up on its bottom. Can you help?
I hope I don’t have to wing it, tho sometimes those kinds of projects turn out fine — I learn things and can be fun. But if you can help, I’d appreciate it.
Another triumph! Billie must be SO proud of your accomplishments. Well done, Nubs!
Another beautiful finish!
Wow! Another stunning finish!