Bags and Purses
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It’s been a long week! I meant to post this sooner, but other things kept getting in the way. Better late than never?
I know I say this every time, but I am so excited about this project! The possibilities are endless!
After months of prototyping, writing, testing, photographing and a thousand steps in between, I'm finally able to reveal what all the hard work has been about. Introducing The Hex Messenger Bag and The Hexie Hipster ! Yes, I've been cuckoo for hexagons for quite some time...I just had to work them into a few bag patterns.
A simple tote bag using laminated cotton for the base. I LOVE this idea, it was the first one that popped into my brain. A perfect ‘set down on the wet ground bag’ for Pacific Northwest winters. Here’s an example of where I topstitched on the laminate side. I used a #100 topstitching needle. It sewed just fine.
Having a reversible tote bag is like having 2 bags in one, now with the adjustable strap, you can have even more styling with it.
I made this tote bag for the Sew? I Knit!-along (website is here - http://www.sewiknit.blogspot.com ) and thought I would offer a tutorial. It's a fairly "classic" style - but I've made it a little more hip with retro fabric from Reprodepot: Here's the tutorial: Finished dimensions 19" long 14" high 21" long straps
Lazies, Tracy Chapman, owner of Sew Thankful , had a great time creating this Miranda Day Bag for herself. Tracy made two versatile alterations to her Miranda that I want to share with you today. Miranda Day Bag pattern from Lazy Girl Designs (LGD123).
Get free patterns and instructions for all of these cute totes, purses, pouches and bags online right here (left to right):
Before we went away, I decided that a new bag for the beach was a must – something big and roomy to hold books, magazines, sunscreen, hats, and all that other good stuff. So I made this big pleated tote, and it worked perfectly. This is a picture of it in action:
*** The Keisha Bag Tutorial ***
I live a ways out of town, so transporting home frozen food before it thaws can be a challenge. Canvas grocery totes are a great alternative to the standard store plastic bags, but they don't help with my frozen food dilemma. This insulated shopping bag with its Velcro closure was the answer. I can load up all the food I need to keep cold (or hot for that matter), seal up the top, and everything stays the right temp for the ride home.