Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 2

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.


Here's Stephanie:
Nancy Halvorsen has been one of my favorite fabric designers for a very long time! I’ve made several projects using her amazing fabrics and proudly display them in my home. I even have a Nancy UFO (un-finished object) … a king sized quilt for my bed completely made from fabrics that she designed! I really need to get that finished, but back to the subject at hand … BREE!

This is such a bright and fun collection – it just makes me smile. We are in the process of revamping our laundry room, and while cleaning it out I found my “Bags of Bags” … oh so many plastic grocery store bags. These “Grocery Bag Holders” will be a great solution to that problem! I love projects that are pretty and functional.



Here is your supply list (this will make 3 bags):
(5) coordinating FQs (I went with Grey, Aqua, Blue and Orange)
(3) 7” pieces of ¼” elastic
Coordinating thread for top-stitching

Cutting Instructions:
From each of (3) FQs cut: (1) 8-1/2” X 18” strip, (2) 3-1/2” X 18” strips and (2) 2-1/2” X 18-1/2” strips

From each of (2) FQs cut: (6) 2” X 18” strips and (2) 2-1/2” X 7” strips



Step 1:
Arrange your 18” strips, then sew together. I like to flip my stitching direction on each strip when I sew longish strips together, it helps to keep the whole project square. Press all the seam allowances in one direction, then square up to 17” X 24-1/2”.


Step 2:
Fold top edge down ¼” and press, then fold again to create a clean edge on the top. Top-stitch 1/8” from top edge.


Step 3:
Fold rectangle in half, lining up seams and pin. You are going to stop sewing 1” from the bottom edge, so I mark this with a different pin. Sew – making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end. Press the seam allowance open, and don’t worry too much if your seams don’t line up perfectly – this will be the back!


Step 4:
Fold bottom edge in ½” and press, then fold and press again. Top-stitch 1/8” from edge all the way around (backstitch at beginning and end) to create casing for elastic. Run elastic through the casing (I like to use a safety pin). Tip: pin loose end of elastic to project so you don’t pull it through and have to start over! Sew ends of elastic together, then tuck ends into the casing.


Step 5:

Fold your 2-1/2” X 7” strip in half and press to mark center. Fold the sides into the center and press, then fold the whole strip in half and press – it should be about 5/8” wide by 7” long. Topstitch close to both edges. Fold in half to find center, then flip one end down at a 45-degree angle – repeat on other side and press. Sew to tack down. Line up inside of center back seam and pin in place – then sew down (Don’t forget to backstitch!)

Finished bag:

Thanks, Stephanie! 

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of select Bree fabrics, leave a comment below letting us know what colors you'd choose from the Bree collection to make these bags. Giveaway is open through Saturday, August 12th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Make sure to follow along on all four days of our Bree hop!
Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
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89 comments:

  1. Teal, dark blue, and pink. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  2. I like the green with yellow and red.

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  3. Lime, aqua, and dark blue's. Clever and fun tutorial. lutzcats (at) yahoo ( dot ) com

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  4. I'd go with the greens and yellows that match my kitchen décor.

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  5. the paisleys and the blue dot

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  6. I really need one of these grocery bags for my laundry room to keep those bags in order! I'd choose Multi Paisley Aqua, Paisley Aqua and Dot Circle Aqua to make mine! This is a fabulous fabric collection...love Bree!

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  7. I would choose the reds to go with my kitchen.

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  8. I love the feature paisley print in grey and all the reds! So pretty!

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  9. Multi Paisley Navy
    Great with denim!!

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  10. I'd use the Multi Color Aqua, Check Grey, and Dot Circle Yellow

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  11. TEAL+PINK! THANKS FOR SHARING!!!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  12. Love teh aqua colors! The multi paisley aqua is my fav!!!

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  13. I would choose orange, blue and green. Thank you!

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  14. I think I would copy you and use the exact same colors. It looks great and teal(Aqua) is my favorite color.
    monica(at)icanquilt2(dot)com

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  15. I would use a paisley and different aqua prints with a little of the dark teal. Nice collection!

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  16. The aqua prints, especially the multi paisley. Love the collection!

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  17. Gray, pink and yellow. Thank you
    Karen fkmsc@comcast.net

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  18. I would use the same fabrics. Looks great! Especially the paisleys.

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  19. Loving teal and orange combo these days!
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  20. I like the blues with gray and the focus fabric in blue or gray.

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  21. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netAugust 9, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Love the fabrics you chose, but I might use a red in place of the orange.

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  22. I would use the red, the aqua and the green prints for my bag. Great project! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I would pick the yellow dot and green dot. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  24. gray, yellow and the orange. Thanks for the how to. I bought one of these bags years ago...it is outdated and grungy...need to update soon.

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  25. Think I would go with the blue, print, and maybe teal.

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  26. Love these shopping bag holders!! I'd choose Blue Dot, Paisley in Aqua, and Aqua!!

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  27. Navy, aqua, gray and pink! This fabric is so pretty!

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  28. Blue, yellow, and red for POP! I would, however, make more reuseable market bags and continue to leave the plastic ones in the store.

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  29. I would pick the greens, blues, and reds. Thank you for the chance.

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  30. I love the blues and the paisleys
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  31. I love Nancy Halvorsen's fabric designs. I would choose the multi paisley green, paisley aqua, paisley coral, dot circle orange, and berry dot red.

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  32. I would use the Multi Paisley Green, Paisley Coral & Berry Dot Navy.

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  33. I would choose the Paisley Navy, Dot Circle Orange, Dot Circle Grey, Paisley Aqua and the Berry Dot Yellow. I really appreciate this tutorial. The Plastic Bag Bag has been on my To Do List for so long and today is the perfect day to make one. I just wish I did have this gorgeous fabric bundle to make the bag or bags with! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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  34. I love green, the paisleys and orange.

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  35. I'd use Multi Paisley Green with Paisley Coral, Dot Circle Orange, and Tiny Dot Aqua. Thanks for the tutorial, I need one of these for my kitchen!

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  36. I would use some combination of grey, green and orange, I think. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. I would use the teal Paisley and the green Paisley and use some other teals and greens.

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  38. Love these bags-I sure need 1 or 2 or 3 or....Better than shoving them under my sink cupboard! Multi Paisley Aqua, Berry Dot Green & Berry Dot Navy-Fantastic fabric collection! Thank you, Susan

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  39. Awesome Tutorial! Thank you!! I'd use Multi Navy Paisley,Berry Dot Navy, Paisley Green, Dot Circle Yellow & Dot Circle Gray. Will make fun gifts too! Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way! :)

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  40. I would use the yellows and blues. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  41. I would use the multi paisley navy with dot circle yellow, berry dot navy, swirl red and tiny dot green.

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  42. I like a mix of the blues with a bit of the green. These bags are so useful!

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  43. I would use blues maybe greens, peach and a light color.
    Thank for the chance.

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  44. I would use the turquoise print with red flowers & dark blue stripes, the royal blue dots, red dots, the dark blue patterned fabric with small red flowers/paisley and possibly the turquoise dots. Bree is full of life & fun colors! Thanks for your tutorial.

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  45. I love the red paisley. Would combine it with other reds and greens for accents.

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  46. I really like the green paisley. I would use some of that to make those bag holders.

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  47. Beautiful bag.Blue and orange!

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  48. I love Nancy's collections! My very first quilting project was a tree skirt kit that I bought because I loved the colors so much that I couldn't leave the kit behind; I didn't know anything about quilting at that time!
    I would use the navy paisley, the gray dot circle, and the blue aqua check.
    Thanks for this chance to win some of these beautiful new fabrics!
    kcneiman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Navy blue and grey with a wild print... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  50. Made for some colorful
    bags! I'd use STRIPE AQUA,
    CHECK BLUE/AQUA and MULTI
    PAISLEY AQUA colors.
    Carla from Utah

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  51. I love the grey multi one and everything with teal in it

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  52. I'd definitely use the multi paisley in navy. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. I'd be using the navy multi paisley along with corals and yellows. Love the idea of the bag holders.

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  54. I love the navy paisley and yellows!

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  55. I'd use Multi Paisley Green, Dot Circle Green and Berry Dot Navy.

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  56. Multi Paisley Green; Paisley coral; Berry Dot Yellow; Dot Circle Orange; Paisley Green. I really could use these bag holders. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  57. Gray and the real prints
    Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  58. Multi paisley aqua with some of the yellows.
    I was given one of these sleeves years ago. Thought I'd never use it and now I wouldn't want to be without it!!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  59. I would choose the navy paisley, yellow, green, the gray check and the blue fabric.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  60. Navy, aqua and green.
    dragonfly9716(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Navy and yellow- a favorite combination!

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  62. The green paisley, aqua and navy. mmboss2007 at yahoo

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  63. I like paisley, yellow dot and blue. Lots of nice combinations. Yours look great.

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  64. I'd use green, blue, and paisley. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  65. I would use the Paisley Navy, yellow and green.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  66. What a fun choice. I was a bit more specific, and chose Swirl Red, Stripe Red, Dot Circle Gray, Berry Dot Navy, and Check Blue/Aqua. The possibilities are endless, both with the pattern and this cheerful line.

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  67. Paisley aqua, navy, red and yellow.

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  68. I love the aqua, pink and navy together.

    Sandy A
    Scotty4me39(at)yahoo.com

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  69. I love the Multi-Paisley green with the Dot yellow and Berry Dot. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  70. I would use the Berry Dots Red and the Orange Circle Dots Orange. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  71. The navy paisley with a red and yellow and I must use the gray check, too

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  72. Would definitely have to use the Navy Paisley!! ohhh or the gray.. this collection is just gorgeous.

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  73. These colors match my kitchen perfectly! I'd copy this fabric color way! Mmmmm..... the grey paisley is delicious!

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  74. I'd use the paisley grey with all five of the dot circle prints. This fabric line is wonderful with lots of great textures and colors.

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  75. I would choose multi paisley navy, paisley coral which I love, berry dot navy, and berry dot yellow.

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  76. I love your color choices! Another group I would like is lime green, orange, yellow and grey.

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  77. I would use the blues and navy paisley! Thank you!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  78. Aqua and dark blue with the large multicolor would be my choice.
    bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot)(com)

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  79. I love them all, but I especially like the bright teals and yellows!

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  80. I love the colors you used! Perfect!

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  81. Thanks for this great tutorial, I have been using empty klennex boxes for my bags and this bag would be perfect and take up less space. I would use the colors Multi Paisley Gray, Dot Circle Yellow, Dot Circle Aqua, Paisley Orange and Berry Dot Navy. I can't wait to make it, one for kitchen, one for quilting room.

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  82. Kathy R.
    I would put together the Grey & Red. Then break it up with yellow.

    petuniakr@aol.com

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  83. I love the orange and aqua together!

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  84. I would use all the blue family - aqua, navy, etc. I think that would look great - maybe with a little red accent. ~smile~ Roseanne

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