I have been making black and white EPP hexagon pieces since Summer. Since then I've tried to use them in many projects such as decorating t-shirts for my nieces, and I even made a key chain with them. I'll share that another time. Now I found another perfect application for them. Here it is...
|The Hexie market tote
I made my own pattern. The dimensions of the Hexie market tote are 18"x 16" x 3". This bag is very deep to accommodate all the vegetables and goodies that I'll be getting from farmer markets. I decided to put a small pocket for keys and wallet at the top for easy access. The small pocket is made of faux leather which has a nice look and feel of leather. I also hand stitched the leather handles for extra security. To the front, I added hand stitched details and cute little wooden buttons to the hexies. These are the closed up pictures.
The second market tote I made is a little smaller. The overall dimensions are 18" x 14" x 5". I made different handles for this one to make it washable.
|The front of the second market tote
I've seen quilts made with triangles in the design and always adored them. So, naturally, I chose triangles to decorate my bag. I didn't make small inside pocket for this one because I wanted to do something different. I added an outside pocket and appliqued some 1" fabric squares on it. I have postage print fabric that has cute stamp prints on it, so I fussy cut the stamps out. It turned out so cute!! The back looks as good as the front, if I may say so myself. I got 2 bags in one, well, almost. Then I divided the pocket into 2 sections with a silver button in the middle. These pockets are so roomy that I can put a tablet in them. Now I have a place to put my giant phone so I don't have to carry it in my hand. These new smart phones, they are so great for a lot of things and they could almost replace my laptop but they're so annoying to take along when I don't want to carry a purse with me.
|The other front of the second market tote
I have so much fun making these two bags, so I started two more. I'll post them after I finish.
I found that taking a break to do different projects helps me with my design process. I was stuck in designing a new quilt so I stopped and made these bags. Are you the same way? What do you do when you're trying to find a solution for your problems? I think making some new bags is my perfect therapy. :)
Have a perfect week!