September is National Sewing Month! Celebrate by sewing up some fun with non-sewing or new-to-sewing friends.
Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs has issued a “Make 2 – Give 2” With Love Totes CHALLENGE to her Lazy Girl Yahoo Group.Â What’s a With Love Tote?Â The With Love Tote pattern is a a Lazy Girl Designs free pattern for a fast & fun 1 yard/1hour tote bag project.
What’s this all about? You can read all about Joan’s Challenge and you can download a PDF file of the pattern by visiting Joan’s blog, click here (scroll down until you see the link).
I am proud to say that I am a Lazy Girl and I’ve taken Joan’s challenge!Â Yesterday I made 4 bags–2 each two new friends (one is a beginner/occasional sew-er, the other does not sew).Â Want to see the bags I made?
I did make a couple changes (of course–I can’t seem to do anything without making some kind of change):
- I used 1″ cotton webbing for the handles.Â I like the sturdiness of the cotton webbing and they helped the pattern go together even faster.
- I made 2 of the bags a different size than the pattern specifies.Â It was easy to change the size; just use the same technique.Â The blue bags are approximately 10″ wide by 21″ long.
What could the long bags be used for?
- They are perfect for carrying a bottle of wine and a French Baguette and a couple other items.
- They would also be a great way to gift-wrap a long/tall box or package.
- This size would be a great size for Trick-or-Treating (long enough to prevent spills). They are light weight and sturdy! Just choose a Halloween Fabric and the kids will love them!
- Use your imagination!
Joan’s patterns are very easy to follow…just read and follow the instructions and you will have a bag you like and can truly use!Â This pattern was the same.Â I am very pleased with my results and enjoyed sewing the project.
OH YEAH…it’s a great way to use up some of that stash that’s been building up!
Whether you are a newbie sew-er or an old pro, you can join in the fun and inspire others to give sewing a try.Â Check out Joan’s blog and consider taking her challenge. Click here.
Great pattern, great idea Joan!!!Â Thank you sew much for sharing your talents.