I must confess a real weakness for bag patterns. When I buy them I am full of enthusiasm and good intentions, but I am not very good at actually making/completing the bags. Last year I bought a pattern, “Mill Girls Tote”, from Sewn and Quilted. http://sewnandquilted.com.au It is designed by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek http://www.bloomcreek.com
I purchased a lovely piece of border print fabric for the top and bottom borders.
I found some jazzy red handles which are perfect!!
I was able to utilise many fabrics from my stash to construct the hexagons for the centre feature. The hexagons are quite small, only 1/2 an inch.
154 hexagons are required to make this panel. I’m nearly there!
While I was beavering away on this project, my friends in a friendship group decided to make a bag, using this pattern, for one of our members celebrating a “big O” birthday. A group of us shopped together to select fabric. Our choice this time was quite different from the fabrics I’ve used.
Various members of the group completed different sections of the bag.
After much furtive activity and secret conversations, the birthday bag was completed and presented to our birthday girl.
As for my bag….well I did confess at the outset that I am not good at completing bags. And the decision to make another hexagon panel for the bag back (rather than using a plain panel as in the pattern) will slow me down. However, I’m now re-enthused and keen to add this to my list of completed projects for 2014!
Time to fussy cut some more hexagons…..