Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs is the Queen of Totes, the Boss of Bags, and the Princess of Purses. All rolled into one!
A friend of mine located one of Joan's freebie patterns online, and I gotta tell ya -- I am HOOKED! Check it out!
This is the "With Love Tote Bag." One yard of fabric plus one hour of your time and voila! A lovely, eco-friendly tote bag! I will so be toting this bag tomorrow! I chose Ruby Swoon fabric from Moda.
I just love the colors, very spring-time. I did not time myself while sewing. I know it took me a little longer than an hour because I was gabbing on the phone between seams. ;) It truly is simple to put together, and if I keep myself from talking, I'm sure the next one will go even quicker.
I had only an hour to spare today, so this one bag is what I have to share -- for now. Joan explains in the blog post that this same technique can be used with fat quarters for small bags! Ooooohhhh....I see a sea of adorable bags in my future.
And, I must admit, that when I cook and when I sew I follow the directions -- the first time. After that, I take the liberty of creative license. I would love to try Joan's method with wider, longer handles...perhaps some adorable buttons to embellish...maybe even get wild and crazy and try a different lining fabric! The sample she shows uses grosgrain ribbon for handles. Too cute!
You see, when you take the Lazy way out, you have room to be creative! ;)