No Sew Summer Bag and Giveaway

Seriously then. 
I’ll give it to you strait. 
This post has nothing to do with food. 
It has everything to do with 
it’s a simple project for your daughters who might need a little something to do this summer. 
You don’t need a sewing machine or
any fancy notions to make this summer bag.
Just some fabric, a pair of scissors and about 1 hour. 
If you are looking for a great place to buy novelty fabrics 
I have just the place for you. 
Novelty Quilt Fabric 
is a great online store full of fun fabrics. If you enjoy sewing head on over and have a look.

Novelty Quilt Fabric has generously offered to send this beautiful Vintage Notions book to one of you dear readers.

This beautiful book is full of inspirational ideas for needlework, cooking, sewing, fashion and fun.  
Thanks goes to Novelty Quilt Fabric!

To enter the giveaway leave me a comment telling me your favorite hobby. It can be anything at all….

brushing your teeth
tv watching
heading to the movies
staring at the wall for five minutes while your kids nap…
(I’ve totally been there…..)
You may enter from now until Sunday June 26th at midnight. 
The winner will be announced on Monday morning. Pretty please leave me your email address with your comment.
For a second entry post a link to this giveaway on Facebook, 
or on your own blog.  
Then leave me a second comment telling me you did so.
Good luck! 
Now, let’s make this bag…

No Sew Summer Bag
Time: about 1 hour
Yield: 2 bags
1/2 yard striped fabric 45 inches wide
1/2 yard floral fabric 45 inches wide
cutting board, ruler and cutting wheel (totally optional)
1. Lay your striped fabric out, wrong sides together. Cut TWO one inch strips from the long end of the fabric. PLEASE NOTE….the picture above only shows a single 1 inch strip. You will need two of these. Cut each one inch strip in half giving you four 1/2 inch strips. These will be used for the handle. 
2. Lay the floral fabric out, wrong sides together.  Follow the instructions in step 1, cutting yourself four 1/2 inch strips. 
3. Cut the striped fabric in half, right along the fold of the fabric giving you two 17 inch squares. (This is a rough measurement. If you are off by an inch or two in either direction…it’s not a problem.) Repeat this step with the floral fabric.

4. Place one of the striped pieces with a floral piece, wrong sides together.
If they aren’t totally even….do not despair! Just trim the ends to make them the same size. 
5. Cut a 3 1/2 inch square from the bottom corners of the layered fabric. 
6. Pin the fabric together in several spots. 
7. Using a pair of scissors cut 3/4 inch strips along the sides and bottom of the fabrics. 
8. Tie the floral fabric to the striped fabric all along the sides and the bottom. Give each tie a double knot….or in other words, tie them twice. Leave the top strips on either side of the purse untied. You will use these strips to tie the handle to the purse. 
9. Take a piece of tape and fasten three of your 1/2 inch strips to a hard surface.
10. Braid the strips together to make your handle. Leave about 3 inches on both ends of the handle un-braided.
11. Tie the handle into each side of the bag.
12. To make the second bag just repeat steps 3-11.
There you have it!
Have a fun time!!!!!
                    For more summer time projects click here.

Post a comment!


  1. 1
    June 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    CUTE bag!! One of my favorite hobbies is sewing. It's something I never thought I'd like but I sewed my children curtains and quilts and pillowcases and plenty of dresses for my daughter! 🙂

  2. 2
    June 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    CUTE Bag My granddaughter would love that. This somthing we would do to gather

  3. 3
    June 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    My favorite hobby is photography but my mother in law loves sewing & making things & she would love this.

  4. 4
    Danielle D.
    June 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This is cute and totally something I would have made when I was a youngster. I love sewing, crafting, cooking, gardening, and much more. Not so much the staring at the wall thing though =). Looks great!

  5. 5
    June 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I dig that purse! Hmmm, hard to pick one-reading, crocheting, reinventing old furniture, and cooking and baking for sure!

  6. 6
    June 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Love the bag and the book is awesome! I am a beginner seamstress and also scrapbooker..


  7. 7
    June 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Let's see . . .


    kmdowty at gmail dot com

  8. 8
    June 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    The purse is sooooo cute! I love to sew and would love to have the book. Love your blog:)

  9. 9
    June 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    What a cute bag! My favorite hobby is stitching (cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, etc.).

  10. 10
    June 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Very cute bag! Love the fabric. (BTW..thanks for the link to Novelty Quilt Fabric!)

    It's hard to choose one hobby (according to the husband, I have too many) but I think sewing is at the top of my list of favorites. I've been sewing since I was 8. I'll sew just about anything except quilts. I am so not a quilter (I leave that to my sister) 🙂 Baking runs a close second to sewing.

    mama_mint64 at hotmail dot com

  11. 11
    June 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    That is cute! I would have to say that baking is my favorite hobby, but now that I ahve a house ans a large yard, gardening is quickly becoming a favorite hobby of mine. I also love to read, when I get a chance. I would love to sew more, I just havent had much practice at it.
    emmalgrigg at yahoo dot com

  12. 12
    June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Way cute my daughter is going to love it.

  13. 13
    June 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Cute! My favorite hobbies are reading, baking (thanks to inspiration from food blogs!), and decorating my house!

  14. 14
    June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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  15. 15
    June 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Oh and my favorite hobby right now is teaching my 10 year daughter how to cook. (It is her love nad passion)(I really don't even need to teach her much at all she is naturally gifted with the art of cooking)

  16. 16
    June 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Right now my favorite hobby is reading NON academic books (I just finished school for the summer.) But, I do love cooking, especially trying new things and perfecting the old ones.

  17. 17
    June 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    My favorite hobby is quilting but I like all manner of hand work. I am so into making purses lately so thanks for this quick tute.
    freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

  18. 18
    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I used to love to sew but then my girls got older, now with a granddaughter, I think I'll take it up again. I think I”ll use this bag idea at my daughters birthday party (she'll be 14). I love to read, garden and maybe this winter I'll take up sewing againg. I used to do vintage clothing and this book looks most awesome! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  19. 19
    June 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    My favorite hobby is reading, followed closely by sewing and cooking. Thanks for the chance to win a great looking book.

  20. 20
    June 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I shared this on my facebook!

  21. 21
    June 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I can only pick ONE hobby? That's hard. I'd probably have to go with reading. (I also enjoy writing, cooking, sewing, drawing, movies…knew I could get more than one in!)

  22. 22
    June 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Cute bag. I am going to try it with my little girls. Hobbies…all that you mentioned. I really like to do a little of everything. Sometimes I have to say a favorite quote… “I can do anything I want, I just can't do everything I want.”

    watsonfamilyof7 at gmail dot com

  23. 23
    June 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    My favorite hobby is gardening and then reading after I am tuckered out from pulling weeds.

  24. 24
    June 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Shared your site on my Facebook profile wall
    (Lynda Clark)
    Check out this blog site for family-friendly recipes, great easy craft ideas and some awesome giveaways!

  25. 25
    June 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    My favorite hobby for just me is reading. I love getting engrossed in a book and letting my imagination run wild 🙂

  26. 26
    June 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I forgot to give you m email address. I posted last about reading. My email is Thanks! 🙂

  27. 27
    June 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Hm, my favorite hobby. I have so many I'm not sure I can choose a favorite. It changes day to day. Today, my favorite may just be photography. 🙂
    musicalmaestro {at} gmail {dot} com

  28. 28
    June 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Very cool giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.

  29. 29
    June 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    So fun!. My favorite hobby is either quilting or playing games.

  30. 30
    June 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I entry before and forgot to put my favorie hobby. I love to quilt anything to do with sewing

  31. 31
    June 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I love this idea!!! so cute!!! I absolutely love to sew! I have sewn everything from a pillow case to my prom dress. I also love to quilt, read, music stuff and cook too! Your blog is so fun to read for fabulous new recipes and ideas! I love it! My email is

  32. 32
    June 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    The bag is really cute and looks easy to make. My favorite hobby is cooking. I love food blogs.

  33. 33
    June 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Shopping! Cheryl D

  34. 34
    June 23, 2011 at 6:13 am

    My favorite hobby is reading (for leisure, not study!)…but I have really been wanting to learn how to sew. Maybe this book could be my inspiration 🙂

  35. 35
    June 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Cute bag – I'm sure we'll be making one in the next few days!

    My favorite hobby changes from time to time. Today I am going to go with photography 😉 Tomorrow it might be back to sewing. I'd love a copy of this book!

  36. 36
    June 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I love your blog, you inspire. I love to good and i use to sew all my kids clothes and i want to get back into it.

    Thanks for all you do

  37. 37
    June 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    We made these at camp a few years back and they were a HUGE hit!

    My favorite hobby has got to be baking. Love it – but hate what it does to my waistline!

  38. 38
    June 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Favorite hobby. . . reading has got to be my number one hobby. But following close behind would be cooking and crafting!

  39. 39
    June 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Running is my favorite hobby, hands down. Cute bag, my 5 year old will love it!

  40. 40
    June 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve been looking for a birthday present for my granddaughter and this is the perfect gift. She loves crafts and I can cut everything out and pin it together and let her finish it from there! Thank you so much

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