Monday, March 25, 2013

Ballerina Dance Bag

A few weeks ago my youngest started dance class.  Of course she needed her own dance bag lovingly made by mom.


The fabric is Ann Kelle ballerinas for the exterior and Michael Miller Pixie Stix for the handles and lining.  I just made up my own pattern after checking out Anna’s Noodlehead tutorials, deciding what I could and couldn’t do and trying to figure out appropriate dimensions.  It went together like a breeze!  I don’t know why I don’t try more projects like this one.


The bag is the perfect size to hold both her tap and ballet shoes with room to grow about 10” x 13”.  I used Pellon SF101 for interfacing which gave it a nice shape without being stiff.  I am happy to say that after being carried around nearly constantly for the past few weeks, the handle and zipper have held up just fine.

I also wanted to let everyone know that Jana won the giveaway for the “emerald” fat quarters. 

emerald screen capture

janas comment

Thanks to everyone who entered!  I’ll be having another giveaway in my next post, this time for an embroidery book.  Have you ever tried embroidery?  I’m hooked!

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story.


  1. Cute little bag! And what a gorgeous dance outfit she has. :-)

  2. Fabric+bag= too cute!

    Yes, you should definitely try more projects like this and just make your own patterns! These things turn out great. Like e.g. your emerald stars.

    P.S. Can´t believe that V. is already big enough for dance class!

  3. what a cute little bag and I love the ballerina fabric. well done@

  4. Your little ballerina is sooo sweet:) And the bag too of course!

    Guess what??

    I ordered an illustration from Tasha Horsley and it is due to be shipped tomorrow!!! Can you tell me again where you had it framed and a estimate of pricing?

  5. Adorable, what a fun idea, Jamie. And that ballerina fabric is perfect.

  6. Great bag. The ballerina fabric is so cute.

  7. That is a really cute bag! Such adorable ballerina fabric! :)

  8. So cute! I made my little ballerina a bag too!

  9. Adorable ballerina tote bag mom ;) Congratulations to Jana!

    Have no tried embroidery,but really want to! Today I did take a class at the LQS for Beading on Batik!

  10. Lovely bag! Your daughter must be the belle of the ballet class :)


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