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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!!!!!
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  1. 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 [email protected]

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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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