The washi bag

Top ten! I can hardly believe it. It’s been an amazing ride so far, my fellow contestants are so amazing, not only creatively, but their support, friendship and laughs have made this whole thing something so much more than a competition. You can vote for the washi bag at the Family Ever After blog here.

The Washi bag pattern is available to download from the Raspberry Spool online shop now.

The washi bag
Introducing the washi bag
Look at that cute self made washi panel!

Sometimes, a design will jump into your head and you know you just have to make it. The washi bag was one of those ideas that I just couldn’t shake. No matter how hard I tried, it had hold of me and I had to make it. And I am so very glad I did.

In the absence of a round bag pattern out there on the interwebs, I set to designing my own based on a vintage canteen style bag. Because, you know, that would be too easy! I had to rope in help for the maths part (it was too hard…) ‘circumference is the pie of the radius divided by the diameter’ zzzzzzz I made Matt do that part! He did a great job deciphering my cryptic instructions. And you know what? They were spot on! Genius that man!

The shape might be simple, but its certainly not boring. It’s a unique, yet classic shape, which stands up and makes you take notice!

For this challenge, I knew I had to crack out the big guns, which meant using my carefully stashed washi fabric. Inspired by the washi print, I made the front panel using the improvisational technique slash and insert. I love the dark grey text fabric, it bring another dimension to the background. I quilted the panel in a simple echo pattern, which really makes that washi pop. The other side of the bag features a patchwork design featuring some fabulous prints with a criss-cross design – in pink of course.

A zipper provides access to the main body of the bag and an external pocket keeps your phone handy so you will never miss an instagram opportunity. Finished off with killer hot pink webbing for the strap and you got yourself a statement bag!

The back features many of my favourite prints
The back features many of my favourite prints


An external zipper for holding your phone
An external zipper for holding your phone
Who can resist a prink pink strap?
Who can resist a prink pink bag strap?

Bag Label

Quilt name: The washi bag
Made for: Sewvivor quilter’s edition competition 2014 (round 2)
Finished size: 12 x 2.5 inches
Fabrics used: Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale; assorted scraps from my stash.
Bag supplies used: Fushia webbing by Echino; square bag rings from You Sew Girl.
Pattern: Original design by Crystal McGann – The Washi bag pattern is available to download
Quilting details: Straight, echoed lines with a walking foot using a Guttermann black cotton thread; straight grid in a criss-cross pattern with a pink Guttermann cotton thread.


The washi bag having a rest on the photo shoot
The washi bag having a rest on the photo shoot

Voting details:

You can vote for me (and your other favourites) on the Family Ever After blog here.

Voting closes Wednesday August 27, at midnight EST.
The fine print: competitors are allowed to use patterns. Contestants are allowed to recruit from their blogs, social media, family, and friends. One vote per device is allowed. The public vote counts as 50%. The other 50% of the vote comes from our “tribal council” aka Judges.


12 thoughts on “The washi bag

  1. It’s genius. GENIUS! So glad I got the opportunity to see it live as well. Good luck with getting to the next round!

  2. Crystal, that bag is so awesome. I love round bags and I made one ten years ago, from a pattern in a Japanese books about bags. I must say that it could be a challenge, but it is surely worth the patience that you need to make it. I love your bag and I hope that you are going to the next round. And could you make us all happy with a pattern, please. I was so inspired that I must make me a similar, but as I wrote first, the bag is so awesome.
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

  3. Crystal, I love this bag! The fabric, the shape, that tassel, oh my!

  4. I knew exactly what it was the first time I saw it. I love your take on Washi! Just gorgeous! The round shape is so unique. Great job, Crystal!

  5. I love love love it!!! The colors are awesome, and the shape – HELLO!?!? PERFECTION!!

  6. Such a fantastic bag! And Washi! Love that line, so fun! Fantastic job!

  7. Fantastic!! Absolutely love it! You are so clever. I wonder what it would like in a smaller size?!! I’ve voted for you Good luck.

  8. This is a fabulous bag! So brilliant that you designed it, and made your own fabric for it, plus the quilting and that frisky little mint tassel 🙂 love it so hard!!

  9. Clever, clever bag! It reminds me of Ramona Flowers’ subspace storage bag in shape and attitude. Will you be producing a pattern?

  10. Dropped by from I Quilt, love your design, fabric selection and quilting. Good luck in the comp – Chris 😀

  11. that is terrific! How smart of you to have a man around with math sense, I have one too and I find he’s indispensible. I want to make a round bag now
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  12. Loved this bag!

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