Stanfield Tools of the Trade inside
[ Island Batik Ambassadors 2022 ]

Tools of the Trade Bag

Yay for Friday Finishes! I completed the October It’s in the Bag Challenge just under the wire. Here is my Tools of the Trade bag. It features fabric from the Island Batik Simply Southwest collection and the Tools of the Trade bag pattern from ByAnnie.

Stanfield Tools of the Trade       Island Batik Its in the Bag Challenge      Stanfield Tools of the Trade inside


The Island Batik Ambassador program stretches my quilting skills! I began quilting as an adult with no prior sewing experience. Usually, quilting involves sewing straight lines with cotton fabric, but bag-making means curves, layers and a variety of fabric types.

Thankfully, I received all the supplies in my kit. As with any new project, the first step is to read through all the instructions. One bonus from By Annie is the Add-On videos, which are so useful when you just can’t picture how things are going to fit together.

tools of the trade supplies

The first few steps involved quilting the bag front and back and fusing stabilizer on some key components. Aurifil thread comes in a wide variety of colors, so I was able to find an exact match for my three contrasting colors.

tools of the trade bag parts                                           island batik fabric with aurifil thread

Tools of the Trade

Since you need to sew multiple layers of fabric and stabilizer to join the front, back and sides of the bag, it helps to use a larger needle. I found good results with a 100/16 from Schmetz.

tools of the trade bag construction

The mesh pocket gaves me the most trouble, but only because I didn’t read carefully! FIrst, I cut my pieces too small, but that was an easy fix by adding some borders. Then, I jumbled the pages of instructions, so I ended up sewing through the mesh and turning it into a segmented pocket when I added the handles.

mesh pocket

They say there are no mistakes in quilting, only design options. The Tools of the Trade bag can be made in two sizes. I chose the smaller one, and I will try it out as I pack for a weekend quilt class.

It’s In the Bag

Looking for more bag-making inspiration? Check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors and see their wonderful creations for the October It’s In the Bag challenge.

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris –

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


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  1. Hi Andi, that is a really great bag. I did learn to sew but frankly mostly just love those straight line too! I get pretty flustered with complicated bags but I do want to try to make something By Annie. I love the idea of having a video since I don’t naturally think in 3D, which is what bags are. Well done on your bag. I hope that it works out well for your retreat!

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