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Shopping Bags

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!


  1. Happy shopping Erica! I love both your bags; the flowered tote is so pretty, and the little bird is so whimsical and cute :)


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