Thursday, January 14, 2016

A MMQG Swap: Mug Bags

The very first swap of 2016 for the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild took place earlier this week. Members were invited to make a mug bag and everyone who makes one, also receives one.  The only rules were:  the mug bag must be pieced and quilted.

I love quilted bags so I had to participate.  I found a tutorial for a small bag at A Quilting Life and thought it would be perfect.  This isn't a mug bag specifically, but many of our members don't actually use mugs during meetings, they bring a water bottle.  So the bag needed to be big enough for a water bottle.

The tutorial calls for 2 1/2" squares and I had a mini charm pack of Zen Chic's Juggling Summer in my sewing room so I went with that.  I also used fat 1/8s of the same collection for the top band, the cord casing and the lining.  I used fun ruler twill tape for the cords.  I love them!

I received a bag made by Maggie and I love it.  Those colours are just so happy and pretty!  And it's the perfect size for the water bottle I take to guild meetings and sew-ins.

I managed to take a picture of all the mug bags made by the members.  We have a bunch of talented ladies!

Did you ever participate in swaps like this one?  What are some of your favourite items to make and receive for these swaps?  Would love to know!

And since this is a finish, I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Faith and Fabric for TGIFF.



  1. What a great idea for a swap. I think I'll suggest it to my guild, which is also MMQG -- Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.

  2. We've done this a few times in the Seattle MQG. We've swapped pincushions, potholders, zip pouches. And at our Christmas party we usually do a 'small item' swap and folks ca made whatever they want!

  3. I've done zip pouches, and coasters. I love this little bag idea. Yours is really fun.

  4. What a smart idea for a swap, your Guild members really pulled it off!

  5. I was thrown when I saw this was a swap for MMQG... I'm part of Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. We do a fair number of swaps, but never a mug bag. Love the ribbon you used for the drawstring!

  6. I love all the variety of bags in the last pic. It's fun to see how everyone interprets "mug bag". What a great idea for a swap! Like Jenn, who commented above me, I love the ribbon you used as the drawstring :)

  7. What a fun swap, your bag was so cute!

  8. Oh, what a great idea for a swap! I love how you adapted the pattern to suit a water bottle. Super cute! Will have to put this on my sewing gift list. :o)

  9. Great idea for a swap! These are lovely. I see some of my fellow MMQG mates have commented above. So far we have done pincushions, pillows, ornaments, minis, zippered pouch, mug rug, etc. a mug bag may be on the list next!