Tomorrow I go Quilt Shop Hopping! To get ready I've made myself some shopping bags.
The first its a rather large tote bag with a pocket on the inside for maps and lots of room for anything I might find while shopping.
The flowers are silk flowers that have been fused down to fabric and embellished. A technique I first saw years ago and it took me this long to try it.
I went a little wild with beads and they really catch the light. The bag is fully reversible, but with the beading on the outside, I don't think it will get reversed too often.
This is the 3rd or 4th pattern that I 've tried from Lexie Barnes "Sew What! Bags" and like all the others it went together quickly and easily.
Next I made a little bag from the book "Little Birds".
As I went through the book I found a lot of patterns that I'd like to do someday. This was a pattern that I wanted to do NOW. I don't do that very often, but I put everything aside and made the bag using scraps I had. I even had the 7 inch zipper in a drawer (and that was the only size zipper I had).
I definitely want to make more bags like this. My first one is a little lopsided and I think I'll be able to make the next one look more professional. The designer is Monika Wintermantel.
This pattern is great and I have so many ideas for embellishing other bags. I can't wait to make more. But first, I have to go shopping!