Bulto Bebe–Bags in Puerto Rico

UPDATE:  For those who inquired, Haydee tells me that the pattern is from katicupcake, My Favorite Bag



My talented friend Haydee who lives in Puerto Rico just sent these photos of wonderful bags.  Though you would never know it by looking at her finished projects, Haydee is relatively new to sewing and  takes many classes.  Apparently, these bags were made in one of the sewing classes in which she was enrolled.

I’m not exactly sure what her message was, as my she speaks no English an my entire Spanish vocabulary consists of “hello”,  “good bye” and “Where is the bathroom?”   But I THINK these are baby diaper bags and she is encouraging her friends to sign up for a subsequent heirloom sewing class.

Haydee’s note is posted below in the hope that a Spanish speaking reader can translate for me.





“Hola chicas: les incluyo fotos de la clase de bulto de bebe, o de costura, todas escogieron una variedad de combinaciones para sus proyectos y les quedaron espectaculares.

La clase se esta ofreciendo en Heirloom, los jueves llama y reserva tu espacio.”




When I taught in Puerto Rico, I was taken by the people’s robust sense of humor, their friendliness and willingness to help one another.  I wonder if Haydee is  teaching some of the classes whose project photos have been sent to me.

The Loralie fabric bag is probably not a diaper bag, but rather a handy bag for any number of purposes.   The bow is a nice  touch, certainly in keeping with the style of the fabric design.

Haydee and her friends, dubbed “The Posse” by June Mellinger, were all very fond of Loralie designs. The four of them came to class wearing specially made vests with Loralie Sew Fabulous designs embroidered front and back.  So it is not surprising that one of them selected this fabric for her bag.





All the fabric combinations are so bright and well coordinated.  Each bag has three carefully chosen fabrics.  This jungle print bag just makes me smile.  It looks like great care was taken to place the animals just above the leaf print.




Pink gingham is a perfect feminine print for a little girl.  I suspect this bag will hold diapers, bonnets and booties for a precious baby daughter.



Like the Loralie bag, this last one looks like it has an adult purpose.  Again, the tasteful choice of fabrics is very pleasing.

All five bags appear to be very well made.  The fine finished look is a credit to the teacher as well as the seamstress.

Thanks, Haydee, for sharing these inspiring photos.

8 responses to “Bulto Bebe–Bags in Puerto Rico

  1. According to Babelfish:
    Hello small: I include photos to them of the class of bulk of drinks, or of seam, all chose a variety of combinations for their projects and they had left spectacular. The class this offering itself in Heirloom, Thursdays calls and reserves your space.

    Bulk of drinks must mean “bottle bag” pr something like that! They are very pretty in any language!

  2. What wonderful bags! They would make great Christmas gifts.

    Would love to know the pattern she used.

  3. I’ll drop Haydee a note. Perhaps she has an English speaking friend who can translate for her. Or maybe I should use Babelfish like Elisabeth. But we might get a pattern for a bulky seamed bottle.

  4. Hi Janice, Here’s a link to the translator
    I knew about it because when my kids’ French homework is too hard (for me) I check their answers here! It is a beautiful bag pattern- let us know if you find out what it is.

  5. Thanks, Elisabeth!

  6. Haydee just sent the pattern info. Here it is, Judy and Elisabeth. http://www.katicupcake.com/shop/Bag–Tote-Patterns/p/My-Favorite-Bag.htm

  7. Hi! I’m from Puerto Rico and I used to work as a school teacher (Spanish). I just found this website. Translation:
    Hi girls: I’m including pics of “Baby Bag Class” or “Sewing Bag”. Each women selected different combinations for the projects and they were all excellent (the projects).
    I took the class in Heirloom (Sewing Studio) on Thursday. Call and reserve your space.

  8. Welcome to Janice Ferguson Sews and thank you, Maria!!!!! I’m so glad to know exactly what Haydee said. You are so fortunate to speak both English and Spanish. I’m convinced that I am learning disabled with regard to modern foreign languages. Two years of Latin earned me nothing but A’s. But with 4 years of French, I could read and write it, but could neither speak nor understand spoken French. Teaching the eager, skilled and gracious Puerto Rican women was a joy, but I so regretted that much of our conversations were done with a kind bi-lingual student translating. Thanks again for this translation.

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