Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sewing with The Open Road!

Have you seen Bonnie Christine's new collection for AGF, The Open Road? I've decided this is my most favorite collection of Bonnie's yet and that's really saying something because I'm a huge fan of her sweet, nature inspired style. Since I love this collection so much, I've lined up a special Giveaway with Brooke of Lady Belle Fabric for tomorrow and I sewed up the prettiest bag using my own The Open Road bundle yesterday in anticipation of our BIG Giveaway!

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For my bag I chose twelve of the sixteen prints that make up this collection, sticking with the floral and blender prints in colors including navy, sweet pea greens, sunny yellows and peachy pinks!

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A while back I stashed a fifteen yard roll of Dritz 1 1/4" Cotton Belting in Natural that's been so great to have on hand for the drawstring style bag with handles that I made yesterday and for several tote bags I've made since I discovered this product. If you're into bag making, I highly recommend stashing some, too!

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I've made a few of these drawstring bags with handles this month, but this is the first I've been able to photograph to share before I gift or sell it. I simply cut a 2.5" x 18" strip from each 1/2 yard cut and I used my Quick Quilt As You Go technique with a layer of Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Batting to piece together the front and back of the bag. I did add additional wavy quilting for some soft texture using a very pale minty green Aurifil. So pretty!

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To make the drawstring ties I used a long scrap of AGF's Lovey Dobby cotton denim in Evening Lakeview which pairs really nicely with these The Open Road fabrics, especially the one navy print I included.

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I'm sure I'll be making many more of this style bag to fill my new studio gift shop space with products as I prepare for opening. I think these make a great gift and will be perfect for carrying those portable knitting, crochet or epp projects, don't you think?

I hope this project inspired your own The Open Road sewing! Be sure to stop back here tomorrow and to visit my Instagram for two chances to win this amazing collection!

xo Maureen

6 comments:

  1. Maureen, both of these bags made with Christine's fabric collection, are beautiful..
    Christine's new collection is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration

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  2. Thank you, Rosemary! I should have included that this is one bag and I'm simply showing both sides. :)

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  3. This is such a pretty fabric range.

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  4. Love this bag! Going to have to give it a try, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love this drawstring bag, where can I find the pattern?

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