Friday, June 20, 2014

A new hexagon tote bag

I participated in Lia's Handmades latest Secret Tote Bag Swap. This is the fourth swap she has organized and today I received a bag from my partner Louise. Boy what a lovely surprise I had! Louise made me a Noodlehead 241 Tote! I've made several of these bags for others but I've never made one for myself - now I won't need to make one!

The front and back of the bag are identical. Louise combined Osnaburg with Kaffe prints - so bright and summery! The circles are needle turned and the hexagon is hand quilted. So much work and attention to detail! I just love my new bag!

The bag is lined with a cheery yellow print and there is a pocket which was fussy cut from one of the prints and bound with a lovely blue. You can see there is a clasp for keys that is attached to the pocket. Smart!

But wait, there's more! Louise sent me all the leftover fabrics. She also made me a little pouch from a Michelle Pattern. It is adorable. She also made a little needle keep.

The zipper is set in the pouch beautifully! The little needle keep has a magnetic closure and when you open it up it looks like a flower made of four hearts! I think that this will be a great place to store my sewing machine needles that have been gently used!

But wait, there's even more! When I opened up the pouch there were treats inside!

Louise sent me a package of candy squares and a thimble template. I've had a thimble quilt on my to make list so this might just be the push I need to get started! Ingrid at Supergoof Quilts made a thimble quilt all in reds and I adore it! You can see it here.

Thank you Louise for the lovely bag and wonderful gifts that were tucked inside! You spoiled me rotten (and I liked it)!

Lia will be organizing another tote bag swap and I'll post details when registration opens in case you are interested in participating!

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. Wow, what a lovely gift. You are a lucky lady!

  2. Wow what a great bag! Lovely gifts, you are very lucky!!

    Have a nice weekend.

  3. Ditto! I LOVE this little tote!!! Such a wonderful gift that will be well used.

  4. How nice to receive a tote that you have made so lovely for others. Very thoughtful gifts and treasures galore..

  5. Lovely tote and other surprises !

  6. What a great bag and what fun surprises! Lucky you!

  7. I love the shape of this bag-too sweet-and love all the extras too

  8. What a lovely bag ans you deserve all those surprises. A sweet gal to send them.
    Have fun with them.

  9. so pretty and what fun to find the little treasures.

  10. You're welcome, Karen - it was a joy to "spoil" you...your work is so inspiring, and I'm glad for a chance to get to know you and your work through this swap :)

  11. What lovely treats!

  12. What an amazing gift - lucky you and clever, generous Louise.

  13. The bag is stunning and the contents are incredible. Lucky you!