Saturday, December 10, 2016


A year ago I started making potholders after I finally faced reality that it was time to toss the 2 potholders my niece Leslie made for me in 1977!! They were still usable but, after being machine-washed & dried many times, they were showing their age.

So, I bought a loom & loops & made myself new potholders. Last Christmas 🎄🎄 I gave them as gifts. In fact, just last night I gave a set as a hostess gift to someone who invited my husband & me to her Christmas party.

I recently got an order for the 8 potholders shown in the above photo that will be given as gifts.

Consider a set of potholders as a lovely & practical gift year round. A set of 2 costs only $10.00.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Danielle Clutch Bag

Recently I fell in love with a clutch bag someone was carrying. What caught my eye was the very girlie-bow on the flap. I knew I had to make a similar clutch.

Luckily, I found a pattern on etsy. Then I set out to make what I am calling the Danielle Clutch Bag. I love the end result & hope you will too!

Needless to say, the bag can be made without a bow.

The Danielle Clutch measures 9" tall X 13" across. As shown in the 2nd photo, the bag holds a lot. It has a magnetic snap closure.
A detachable shoulder strap is optional.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Lily Bag

The Lily Bag is just a wonderful, everyday shoulder bag.

The Lily Bag has one outside front zippered pocket that extends from side seam to side seam.

Inside there are 6 pockets: on each side there are 3 slip-in pockets.

Measurements: The zippered top, from one strap seam to the opposite one, measures almost 15".

The base, looking at the bag from the front, measures 12" side to side.

The base, from front to back, measures 6".

The bag height, from the center of the zipper to the bottom, is 9". The height, at the sides, from the strap seam to the bottom, is 10".

The strap can be any length one wants but the standard length of the strap is 30".
The strap drop from the top center of the strap to the top of the zipper is 18".

A wristlet is included with a Lily Bag.

The bag at the top of the page is shown in the elegant Belle of the South prequilted fabric.

The bag below is shown in the glorious Hannah prequilted fabric.

The wristlet below is shown in the Belle of the South prequilted fabric.

Price: $60.00

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Teagan Bag

The Teagan Bag is the newest bag at Arlene's Bags.

I love wristlets but, realistically, they don't hold much. Well, the Teagan Bag changes all that with its convertible versatility, size, exterior front angled slip-in pocket, exterior back zippered pocket & 4 interior card slots.

With its removable cross-body & wristlet straps, the Teagan Bag easily converts from a wristlet to a cross-body bag.

The Teagan Bag measures 7" across at its bottom, 9.5" across at its zippered top, and 6" tall.

The bag is shown in the now retired black Orleans prequilted fabric which definitely makes it one-of-a kind!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sharman Bag & Jeannine Wristlet

A friend recently ordered a Sharman Bag & Jeannine Wristlet as a gift for her friend. She chose the beautiful Belle of the South prequilted fabric & its coordinate for the 2 bags.

Although the Sharman shoulder bag only measures 10" across & 7.5" high, its 2" depth makes it surprisingly roomy. Its shoulder strap also makes it an ideal across-the-chest bag.

Along with its detachable wrist strap, the Jeannine Wristlet's 2 zippered sections really set it apart from the standard wristlet. How nice that items can be organized!!

The fabrics are available in my etsy store:

The Latest Nancy T Tote Bag Order

This past week I completed an order for a Nancy T Zippered Tote Bag.

My customer customized the outside front pocket of her bag by having me replace the usual zippered front pocket with a slip-in monogrammed front pocket.

The bag has a deep,divided outside back pocket & 6 inside slip-in pockets. I used the lining fabric to accent the top of the pockets. All the inside pockets make for great organization & keep the bag becoming just a big old sack!!

The tote has a recessed zipper closure which is also accented with the lining fabric.