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.