Mamas got a brand new Bag, or 2

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It was so nice to have an extra day and get some little projects finished. I worked on my new pattern (a little) and my blocks for "That Alpine Group" 20 year sampler. I'm sorta caught up with several items on my list and I'm ready to move forward.A couple months ago I made new "fabric" with strips of fabric from my stash.
I have been wanting to make this shop hopper bag from the magazine my friend Laura gave me. I've been looking at the pattern and the fabric for 2 months now and decided this weekend was as good a time as ever to be bagging.
Here is the front of my new little bag. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch. Also, I added interfacing (the pattern did not call for that). To finish it off I put my little "Freda's Hive" tag on the front.
Here is the back. I had to cover the ends of the cotton webbing so it wouldn't fray. The pattern calls for casing the webbing totally in fabric but I liked it just the way it was. It was easy to make and I enjoyed binding the bag like a quilt. I machine stitched the binding down by stitching in the ditch. I'm getting better at that. I think the key is pressing the the binding around the edges before stitching in the ditch.
Here is the lining. I used some thick cotton twill fabric with sewing icons on it. And then I covered a button with a sewing machine on it for the front. But it actually uses Velcro for the closure and the button is just decoration.
I also made a hexagon tote bag. It was super easy and very fun to pick out the fabric and put it together.
The front and back are exactly the same. The flower is made with a Japanese cotton/linen blend with dainty little flowers all over it.
I put my "Freda's Hive" tag on this bag too. I really like the strawberry fabric in the center.
I stitched my bigger ribbon that says "One of a kind from Freda's Hive" to the inside pocket. I have two pockets on the inside. One big and one small.

Both bags were good projects that were enjoyable and relaxing to make.

-nanette
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Sherri said...

Love them both!!! Isn't it nice to have an extra day to get things done...I didn't do much sewing...but did do some much-needed straightening in the sewing room...now I'm ready for some projects!!!

rachel griffith said...

oh how cute.
both of them.

Erzebat said...

hiya, love it! I am in charge of games and prized at a upcoming baby shower. this would make a great prize! actually both of them! (mauh) Liz

Linda said...

I enjoy reading your blog so much! (I am Lori Holt's friend, Linda) I love your bags! A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Where do you have your darling "Freda's Hive" labels made? I love them! (of course I would use my own name!) :)

Kimberly said...

Very nice job!

Fiesta said...

very nice. so glad you were able yo make something for yourself.

alobsiger said...

Lovely bags! And I always adore your fabric choices. That shop hopper bag is one I've had my eye on--it would be very fun to play with a variety of fabrics. Oh dear, and I am way behind right now so I can't stray to another bag. But soon! Glad you had a chance to have some fabric fun!

Jackie said...

Nanette, Your bags are just fabulous. I love the fabrics that you chose, they really make the bags extra appealing!

Muddling Through said...

Ah, great minds! I made your mixed bag to quilt for myself this weekend. I LOVE that pattern. And here you've gone and made two new, different ones! They are both SO pretty.

Mel said...

cute and simple, love the fabrics!!

Laura said...

I have that magazine too, but I have yet to make anything from it. Your bag turned out so cute, maybe I will finally make one of my own.

Micki said...

I love the bags, esp. the hexagon bag....so beautiful!
Micki

Julie said...

I'm no sure I could ever describe making such cute bags as relaxing. I would probably have to unpick more than sew!! They are both so cute--what talent you have. Have a great day. Julie

madrekarin said...

Super cuteness!! Love that hexagon bag and the little shop hopper is adorable. But, I would not expect anything less.

Candace said...

Great bags, Nanette - you will get ohhs and ahhhs when you shop hop with either bag!
Cheers!

Dawn said...

Love them both!! I'm glad you got some time to sew! I'm getting ready for girls camp and they just put me in the stake RS presidency!! Will I ever see my sewing machine again??

Living on the Spit said...

OMG!!! You are a bag lady too? I have been on a bag kick for about a month now...my latest is at the bottom of today's post. It's a Very Badly Bag version.

I am back to quilt tops though, well at least for today.

Sandi said...

I like the big hexagon flower bag!! I love bags. Have one for every occasion and project and can never have too many!! :-)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

an extra day to sew, Oh that is "sew" fun, I love that you make your own fabric and then made it into a darling bag!! love it and of course the hex bag too!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Long weekends are great for getting some extra sewing done! The hexagon bag you made is absolultely fabulous!

Rita

Trisha said...

Two very cute bags! I love when you make new fabric by sewing strips together. It always looks so cute. You have such an eye for that sort of thing.

Nedra said...

You've done it again! Love your bags! Yesterday my sister in law saw your bag that I made. She drooled over the vintage fabrics and loved those more than any of the quilts in my sewing room.
I love the sewing machine covered button, too! I hope to get some buttons done in the next few days while I'm in Phoenix visiting 2 of my daughters and my grand babies. I thought they would be a good take along project.

dotti white said...

Wow, Nanette...I am so impressed with the beautiful work. I have that magazine, too, and so want to make that little bag. Will try to get it done soon! Thanks for inspiring me! Have a great week!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Very very cute.
Teresa

Janet said...

Not one but two fabulous bags! You can't have too many of them, I'm seeing a lot in blogland at the moment and I'm trying to get one made too.

*karendianne. said...

So talented Nanette and I like the finishing touches, your labels! Somehow it just pulls it all together and says "Love me" ~ at least that's my thought.

Kaaren said...

Love the bags, love the fabric, love the finishing touches...and I love you too for all the inspiration that you bring to us!

Thanks, Nanette!

clare's craftroom said...

You have made the most of your time , lovely bags .

w&v said...

V. here...
Excellent tour de bags! I like the green dotted binding. Your two fredashive labels are wonderful touches. Have fun at the shop hop with your shop hop bag. Bravo for the fabric you made for it. V.

Nan said...

I'm behind in my blog reading, per my usual. It is so much fun to look at your blog! I find myself looking at the pictures first, and then going back and reading the post. There is just so much to delight my eyes!
The bags you've created are adorable! You are one very talented lady, Nanette.