Among Brenda's Quilts

Have you ever wondered where the idea for a design comes from? Curious about the back story behind a design? Are you interested in what others have done with a particular pattern? That’s what “Showcase” is all about!

Read the story, then enjoy the showcase at the end.



As a young girl, every so often the task fell to me to untangle my Mom’s box of wool and embroidery threads. Mom, being pretty busy with 5 rambunctious kids, would simply fish around in the wool box whenever she required something, tugging on a likely end piece letting all the other wool and thread entangle.

A Big Snarl-up

Sitting cross legged on the floor working with this mess in my lap was my first introduction to textiles. Thinking back, it’s a wonder I decided to investigate thread arts any further!

Sorting through this snarled up mess may have been part of the inspiration that lead me to create certain features of a bag I later designed called the Woolly, Woolly Bag.

The Challenge

In 2013, one of my quilting students, Karen Berger, came to me with a challenge: to design a bag to carry all of the items required for knitting. Karen is an avid knitter, and she drove over to the house and showed me all the various bags and pouches she used to organize her knitting.

There were needle cases for straight and circular needles, pouches for stitch markers and stitch holders, gauge rulers, darning needles, patterns and of course the wool. The initial goal was to plan a bag to carry all of these items.

The more I considered the task, the more I thought that it was unlikely that anybody in their right mind would want to make one carry-all to cart all of this knitting (or crochet) stuff around. There was just too much stuff!

Although it was doable, that kind of bag would take an awfully long time to make with dozens of dividers and multiple pockets.

Not All Your Supplies, Just What You Need For Your Current Yarn Project

Crochet hooks and yarn

My daughter-in-law, Leah, is also a hobby knitter. At the time, she and a small group of her girlfriends in Ottawa met most Wednesday nights to work on various small projects like socks, scarves, slippers and hats.

I thought, wouldn’t it be better to have a project bag that would carry everything needed to make one project? Kind of a project on-the-go bag that you could grab at a moment's notice.

It would be perfect for group knitters like Leah, or for people sitting through appointments with nothing to do. It would always be easy to pick up this organized knit kit when heading out the door!

The Woolly, Woolly Bag

Woolly, Woolly Bag

So that's what I made, and here’s what you’ll find in the Woolly, Woolly Bag.

  • Clear pockets (one zippered) to hold knitting notions and circular needles
  • Numerous dividers to organize straight needles
  • Two pockets to hold patterns or any other creative paraphernalia you might require.
  • Keeping in mind my childhood challenge with tangled wool, I included two wool dividers in the inner bag to keep up to 4 colors of wool flowing smoothly.

When you are done your knitting session you can quickly stuff you project inside and cinch up the bag when it’s time to move on with your day.

Oh, and it looks good too!

Karen Berger's Woolly, Woolly Bag


Esther at a Woolly, Woolly bag class at Sew For It


 I'm holding a Woolly, Woolly Bag made by Claire Marshall from Quilty Pleasures Quilt Shop.


So thanks, Mom, for being so disorganized, and thanks Karen for your organizational skills. It only goes to show you that we all have a part to play in inspiring others!

Want the pattern? You can purchase it here, and don't forget the matching hardware kit!

Woolly, Woolly Showcase

These bags were all made by talented customers.

If you've made a Woolly, Woolly Bag (or any other of my patterns) and you'd like to show it off, submit it to Show & Tell, our monthly draw. It will be featured on the website and you could win a free bag pattern!

Written by Brenda Miller — August 09, 2016


I'm Brenda, and I love designing patterns that help you create beautiful, functional bags and quilts.

These patterns are unique, well-illustrated, simple to follow, and fun to sew.

We also carry my own line of bag zippers, finished designer bags, bag hardware kits, specialty fabrics, and notions, so you're able to easily find what you need to do a superb job on all of your ABQ projects.

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