Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Pocket Parade’ Bag by Penny Sturges

Lazies, I’m excited to tell you about a fabulous bag design today. Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated pattern company has created a wonderful bag called ‘Pocket Parade’ – I think the name says it all. This is the tenth of twelve daily features in the ‘Day Z Dozen’ blog hop.


Here’s Penny:
I have twin granddaughters and the Pocket Parade tote bag, #ps015 is my favorite bag.

pennyB&Wbabybag copyIt is perfect for my daily bag needs, plenty of pockets for glasses, cell phone, keys, calendar, pens and lipstick….plus two bottles and four diapers!

It has a comfortable handle that fits over your shoulder and it is sized to fit in the basket of a stroller. Pocket Parade is not just a diaper bag, the outside pockets are great for a water bottle and sunglasses.

The Pocket Parade bag looks great in all the bold and beautiful LakeHouse fabrics.

About Penny:
Penny Pic for Blog smallIn my never ending search for the perfect handbag I began sewing my own bags. Lots of bags! Some with long handles, short handles, big pockets, small pockets, inside pockets, outside pockets. Are you beginning to get the picture? I bought patterns galore, and couldn’t find a pattern that was easy to follow.

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’Pocket Parade’. Check quilt shops to purchase the pattern and fabrics.

Quilts Illustrated
Pocket Parade Tote
Pattern No. PS015

Lime & Turquoise Bag
pennypink&bluebaby bagLH05029 Floral Silhouette: Turquoise (accent & lining fabric)
LH05038 Star Silhouette: Lime

Black & White Bag
LH04013 Lotta Dots: Black
LH06017 DayZ Vines: White
LH06029 DayZ Patch: Black (accent & lining fabric)

Pink & Blue Bag
LH03035 Frosted Dots: Hot Pink, Delphinium (accent & lining fabric)
LH06009 DayZ Salad: Berry
LH06019 Gingham Duette: Orchid

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13 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Pocket Parade’ Bag by Penny Sturges”

  1. Cecile — March 14, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    Great bag for anyone on the go, but my favorite project on your website is the Pillow Chat pillow made with the LakeHouse alphabet fabric. It’s a gift for any occasion and I’ll bet it’s quick to make too–perfect combination.

    Just Another Button Company

  2. Jenny — March 14, 2007 @ 8:27 am


    I love the fact that you showed your bag in three different combinations. It gives it such a totally different look.
    I’ve really enjoyed this blog hop and getting to know the designers on a more personal level. Thank you.

    Checker Distributors

  3. Karina Hittle — March 14, 2007 @ 8:54 am

    Hi Penny,

    Twin Granddaughters! You lucky girl! It looks like you designed the perfect stylish tote for busy on-the-go grandmothers/women everywhere 🙂 WOW! It is amazing how different this tote looks in the 3 colorways. Thank you for sharing this fun design with all of us!!!


  4. Bernadette C — March 14, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    My girlfriend made this bag & she carries it everywhere she goes! I am a huge fan of Penny’s bags. They are easy to make. Keep up the good work Penny!

  5. Tammy Tadd — March 14, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    Hi Penny,

    Another great bag from you ….. not a huge surprise! I am always excited to see what new totes you come up with for markets. I love your bags and your creative use of the Lakehouse fabrics. You never fail to please, great job!

  6. Jenny — March 14, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

    We have all the panels and most of the coordinates. Visit our website at

    Fabric Shack
    Waynesville, OH

  7. kim johnson — March 14, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    love your blog jog, none of our quilt shops are carring patterns for projects so where can i get them?
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    Hi Kim,

    Here are some of the companies that are ‘hopping’ along with us. Consider emailing or calling them to check availability.


  8. Michele — March 14, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    These bags are great!!! I am new to this website, and I don’t see where I can order patterns, and I would LOVE to. Can you tell me how?
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    Hi Michele,

    Here are some of the companies that are ‘hopping’ along with us. Consider emailing or calling them to check availability.


  9. Lori Allison — March 14, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    Ohmygosh I just figured out how to post a comment. I totally love love love getting the daily blog hop email and the incredible creativity that keeps coming my way in it. I wish it went on every day.

    The quilts are adorable; the bags have inspired me to make them for baby shower gifts — with a matching quilt in it! All in the Lakehouse daisy stuff. How cute is that?

  10. Mary Lou Hallenbeck — March 16, 2007 @ 12:18 pm


    What ADORABLE bags. I haven’t made any yet but sure plan to now. Partly becasue your projects are wonderful and partly because we just found out that the newest grandbaby, due in July, will be a little girl! So her and her Mama will just have to have one done up in the bright Lakehouse flowers!
    Thank You – Thank You – Thank You !!!

    Mary Lou Hallenbeck
    H.D. Designs

  11. Karrel — March 26, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    My daughter-in-law wants me to make this bag for her and I just got the pattern. I love Lazy Girl patterns because there are actual pictures and the instructions are easy. I am very visual and the pictures really help. I just read through the directions for this bag and I have no idea what I read. I have been sewing for over 40 years so I am not new. I guess as I do them STEP-BY-STEP it will be easier, but I would like to suggest that you add more diagrams and pictures, ala Lazy Girl, for those of us who need to SEE what we need to do. Thanks though and I am sure it will turn out very cute.

  12. Pat — June 21, 2008 @ 6:41 am

    I recently purchased the Bow Tucks Tote pattern and having read Pennys remark aboove about not being able to find a pattern that was easy to read/follow so made her own, I’m surprised that the instructions with the Bow Tucks pattern are so poorly done, and the graphics are sadly lacking. I have made everything from baby clothes to wedding gowns, home dec and quilts and never saw such a poorly written pattern as this.

  13. Lucy — September 26, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

    I purchased 3 of Penny’s handbag patterns. They are adorable.
    I have to agree with Pat and Karrel. I found that I had to read the directions over and over again to understand them. I also have been sewing for over 40 years, so I’m pretty good at following pattern directions. I really wish that there were more diagrams–maybe even a color picture or two? It took me a REALLY long time to construct the bag, just because I spent so much time figuring out the directions.
    However….the finished bag is really cute!! I love it! Can’t wait to make the other two.