Any suggestions on how to find a carrying bag of some fashion for an avg size cookie pillow?
Thanks much!!

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Christmas wreath bags/boxes tend to be the right shape and size!  Here's a random search that has some likely options, depending on what you want: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=wreath%20box&page=...

Cookie pillows tend to be larger than the average tote bag.  So I find the best solution, if you have a sewing machine, is to make your own (with pockets, carry straps long enough to hang on your shoulder).  Next best thing is to have a friend with a sewing machine, or a sister with a sewing machine.......    But I have also heard about the wreath storage boxes as good for pillow storage.  I think they would also be a good kitty deterrent.

Pretty pillow bags are often for sale at lace events. There are even directions for making these on the internet on Ehow. Some vendors sell them. Do an interenet search on "bags for lace pillows

I cannot testify to the utility of any of these bags, because personally, I find that I tend to throw a cover cloth over the pillow, sometimes securing it with some pins and cram it into a tote bag. Sometimes I put the tote bag, pillow protruding from it,  on a set of luggage wheels. Sometimes I carry the pillow with cover cloth flat in my hands while hauling the bag with my equipment. My first teacher who had learned in Denmark said they covered the pillow with a cloth and then put a leather strap, like a belt,  around it to carry it over their shoulder.

I used to make nice cover cloths, hemming them on the machine. Then I started buying nicely finished cloth napkins on sale at home type stores. Now I sometimes just tear a big square of material off of some that I have lying around the house and don't even bother finishing the edges. It is shocking. Sometimes I buy cover cloths in pretty fabric that other people with a stronger work ethic have spent time hemming to hide my shameful sloth. It doesn't seem to make any difference to my enjoyment of the lacemaking.

Long ago I adopted the motto, "Make lace, not equipment". However, I always admire people who place a higher value on decorum and have nice looking pillow bags.  I also wonder where they keep the 60 pounds of equipment that you have to carry along with the pillow since the bags tend to be only as big as the pillow. Do they carry another bag?

I usually use a square piece of fabric about the size of a tablecloth, lay the pillow in the center and then tie opposite corners in the middle on top of the pillow.  Use the tied part as a carrying handle.  It keeps the bobbins flat in transit. I did hem the fabric which is upholstery cotton, so thicker than quilting cotton.  I have also used actual tablecloths when needed. I do have a few home made pillow bags.  If you can wait until IOLI convention next year, I believe they will be having large bags for sale.  No idea what they look like though.  

Thanks for the great ideas!! I think I'll try to make one. My pillow currently has a cloth dish towel (clean obviously) pinned over it.

I bought one of those bags that bicyclists use for spare wheels from Amazon for around $25.  I use it for my 20" cookie pillow.  It's made out of heavyweight rip-stop nylon with light padding and has more than enough room.  One thing I did to help keep the pillow from being squashed was to cut a piece of corrugated cardboard about 4" wide and long enough to go around the pillow.

I also bought one of those vintage molded hatbox luggage pieces for one of my smaller pillows.  I especially like it because the pillow fits perfectly, plus the are pockets inside for extra bobbins and thread.  Classy looking, too.  You can sometimes find them on eBay for around $20.

I have used a garment bag that came with a large suitcase we purchased.  Some airplanes have a place to hang garment bags during the flight.  You can fold it to fit the size of your pillow. 

The large transparent zipperbags that bedding comes in are useful for carrying bolster pillows. 

I was fortunate to inherit a pretty lace pillow bag that my mother purchased. 

At the retreat in November, several members of Doris Southard Lace Guild constructed drawstring bags that Anita Wild designed to carry a 13" cookie pillow and tools.  It was fun to dig into my stash of fabric and pick out two favorite pieces to use for this project. 

http://threadmyway.blogspot.com/

 

One of my carrying bags for cookie pillows is a rodeo roper's bag, which is padded, insulated, and has enough room for one pillow, a notebook, and tools or two pillows and a notebook and I carry the tools in a separate little toolbox.  I got it at a ranch and farm supply store on sale for $30, and it really protects the pillow and project.

I have to admit that I have never tried to carry a pillow on an international flight. I know that you attended the OIDFA convention in Caen, France last year. Did you carry a pillow there using the garment bag concept? Incidentally, OIDFA is the Organizsation Inertnationale de la Dentell au fuseau et a l'Aguille in English, the International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organization. This is not to be confused with the International Organization of Lace which is IOLI.

Sally Olsen said:

I have used a garment bag that came with a large suitcase we purchased.  Some airplanes have a place to hang garment bags during the flight.  You can fold it to fit the size of your pillow. 

The large transparent zipperbags that bedding comes in are useful for carrying bolster pillows. 

I was fortunate to inherit a pretty lace pillow bag that my mother purchased. 

At the retreat in November, several members of Doris Southard Lace Guild constructed drawstring bags that Anita Wild designed to carry a 13" cookie pillow and tools.  It was fun to dig into my stash of fabric and pick out two favorite pieces to use for this project. 

http://threadmyway.blogspot.com/

 

No, I did not use the garment bag.  I have a piece of building insulation that is covered with felt and heavy navy blue fabric.  It is lightweight and fits into my suitcase.  If the insulation gets damaged, it is easy and inexpensive to replace.  I have used it on several trips including my trip to Scotland and Caen, France last summer and it is still in good shape. 
 
Devon Thein said:

I have to admit that I have never tried to carry a pillow on an international flight. I know that you attended the OIDFA convention in Caen, France last year. Did you carry a pillow there using the garment bag concept? Incidentally, OIDFA is the Organizsation Inertnationale de la Dentell au fuseau et a l'Aguille in English, the International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organization. This is not to be confused with the International Organization of Lace which is IOLI.

Revisiting this discussion.  I've been looking for patterns to make tote bags for my various types of needlework projects.  All of the ones I've found so far are just flat, zippered envelope types.  (I thought of Vera Bradley bags, but that would get VERY expensive VERY quickly!  Haha!)

Right now all my projects are in two-ply plastic drawstring bags that I got as convention goodie bags, and I need better organization than assorted ziplock bags for tools, thread, etc.  I really need a separate carrying bag for each type of project (bobbin lace, needle lace, tatting, hardanger, etc.), and I need bags big enough for my cookie pillow, bolster pillow, and table stand.  Have any of you made your own sewn bags (quilted or something similar) and can point me to some patterns?

I have made all my equipment, even some bobbins, but I never used patterns. I just measure the size of the pillow, across its top (since bobbins and pin take up some width), and add a few inches. I make the carry straps long enough to hang on my shoulder. 

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