It’s Great Fun to Sew Handbags!

How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman

It’s Great Fun to Sew Handbags!

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How to sew handbags by Nancy ZiemanI know, you’re never going to sew five handbags from the same fabric collection. Yet, I thought you might be interested to see how prints and solids combine to create classy bags and totes.

First, the Fabric!

We received fabric yardage from the new collections at Riley Blake Designs. It was like Christmas! How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman At first I selected fabrics from the many color ways, then I decided to go with a one color scheme. Navy and Chartreuse are a fresh, winning combo. Keep in mind that the market is one season ahead of the actual time of year, so spring is what we’re thinking about! How to sew handbags by Nancy ZiemanThen, my staff and I auditioned fabrics for the various styles, choosing larger prints for the bigger bags—the obvious choice.

Easy-to-Sew Bags and Tote Templates

Nancy’s Hobo Tote

How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman There are two templates in the Hobo Tote collection. Great for fat-quarters or a fabric duo, this is my go-to BIG bag. For traveling to and from work, the studio, or errands around town, this bag holds a lot.

Hobo Tote Template by Nancy Zieman with Clover

We auditioned a variety of ribbons to accent the horizontal seams. Not finding one ribbon that we liked, a narrow ribbon was stacked on top of a wider ribbon and stitched. Presto, the ideal accent.

How to sew handbags by Nancy ZiemanTown & Country Bag

How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman This was one of the first handbag templates that I designed for Clover in ’08. Since then I learned to add a layer of Peltex as an underlining to give the bag shape. The sew-in Peltex, a craft interfacing, is something that we use in almost all of our bags. It wasn’t available 6-years ago (or I didn’t know about it) and the addition of that interfacing has made a world of difference in the appearance of my handbags.

Town & Country Templates by Nancy Zieman with Clover

Since Peltex is stiff, I recommend trimming out the dart and zigzagging the edges or legs of the dart together with a wide zigzag. /Users/nancyzieman/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters/2014/09/26/20140926-110030/IMG_7086.JPG /Users/nancyzieman/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters/2014/09/26/20140926-110030/IMG_7087.JPG /Users/nancyzieman/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters/2014/09/26/20140926-110030/IMG_7088.JPG /Users/nancyzieman/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters/2014/09/26/20140926-110030/IMG_7089.JPG How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman Then, spread the seam apart. The zigzag stitch spreads apart and the Peltex lies flat. Machine baste this interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric and proceed. How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman Important Note: We fuse interfacing to the wrong side of all cotton fabrics, and we add a layer of Peltex to each and every bag. Take a quick peak inside the bag! We used light, fun fabrics for the lining. How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman

The Florida Tote

How to sew handbags by Nancy ZiemanI like this size tote, because it is also a great handbag size. With pockets on the outside and inside, it’s roomy and convenient to carry.

Florida Tote Templates by Nancy Zieman with Clover

The seams are accented with Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping. How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman Your iron does most of the work. All you need to do is wrap fabric around the piping and press. The fusible web casing around the cording eliminates the first sewing step. Convenient! How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman

The City Bag

How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman The City Bag is the second of the original bags that I designed for Clover and the favorite of many. After it was finished it needed a focal point. Stacked buttons to the rescue.

City Bag Templates by Nancy Zieman with Clover

Dress Your E-tablets in Style

How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman Using fat quarter cuts of fabric or leftovers from your bag project, create a coordinating tablet keeper for your iPad, Kindle Fire, or any of the other e-readers. The original Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template set is your choice for an iPad, iPad mini, the original Kindle, and a host of other tablets. To find out which tablets fit the template set, click here. How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman If you haven’t made a tablet keeper, we have lots of online instructions to guide you through the process. How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman After I designed the tablet keeper, we were all introduced to the Kindle Fire, Nook, and a host of other e-readers/tablets that were different sizes. So, Trace ‘n Create tablet Keeper 2.0 was born! Click here to find the listing of all the e-readers that will fit these Trace ‘n Create tablet Keepers. How to sew handbags by Nancy Zieman Nancy Zieman's Giveaway

What’s Your Favorite Handbag?

Vote for your favorite handbag by leaving a comment below. One random winner will receive the template they voted for. 

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373 Comments

  • Donna Klug
    October 4, 2014

    I have made a tote bag using the Clover Trace and Create. I receive many compliments on it. My new favorite is the California bag! A girl can never have too many bags! Great for gifts too!

  • Debora Nipper
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote is my favorite.

  • Dorothy Murray
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida Tote!

  • Jen
    October 4, 2014

    I love the City Bag!

  • Debbie
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida tote, but all are beautiful. I love making my own hand bags!

  • Debra V.
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Hobo bag. (I really like them all!)

  • Mary Bornhoeft
    October 4, 2014

    I like the clean lines of the City bag.

  • Mary
    October 4, 2014

    I love the City Bag. I can see me carrying it now.

  • Teri Ralph
    October 4, 2014

    I love all your bags, totes, E Readers and Tablet holders, but my favorite is the Florida tote! I enjoy making my own bags, and would love to win the template to make the Florida tote in my own color way! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • KathyinMN
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Nancy Hobo Tote. The stacked ribbon on it is a great detail and I love the circle cut out. And two thanks-one for the tip on the interfacing Peltex and the other on the use of the Riley Blake fabrics. Wow-love how you put the fabrics together from this collection.

  • Rita Kisor
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida Tote!

  • Tami Immel Draxler
    October 4, 2014

    They are all beautiful and stylish! The Florida tote, though, is just the size I need. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Diane Walker
    October 4, 2014

    i like the Florida bag best. However, all have qualities which make them unique, functional, and very cute. Love the fabric collection and the thoughts on Peltex also. Thanks so much!

  • Janet Evans
    October 4, 2014

    I love the lines and the size of the City Bag.

  • stephanie j
    October 4, 2014

    The hobo tote is totally cute! It is hard to say because they are all so great, but the hobo is my favorite.

  • Marsha Dimond
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all but my favorite is the hobo.

  • Donna P.
    October 4, 2014

    I love the HOBO Tote! I love the colors you chose and the size of the bag. Perfection!

  • Laura
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Hobo!

  • dawn n
    October 4, 2014

    I vote for the Florida tote. I knit, crochet, spin, and weave. That tote would work great for a hobby bag.

  • Pam Wall
    October 4, 2014

    Such difficult choices! I like the size of the Town and Country Bag. Not too big; not too little….

  • Brenda Hojonski
    October 4, 2014

    I would definitely make the Florida tote, but would also make the City bag and the ereader case too.

  • Ellen Hammond
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Hobo Tote! I would love to try these templates!

  • Brenda H
    October 4, 2014

    I would definitely make the Florida tote, but would also make the City bag and the ereader case too.

  • Rhonda
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all. But the Florida Tote bag is my favorite

  • bunny kingston
    October 4, 2014

    i love the smallness of the city bag. i love your color choices & all the accents, the buttons & pipings. i especially love the stacking of the ribbon, what a great idea. i have a hard time with fabric colors and patterns, i just dont seem to have the knack for it, and i really loved the way you mixed these. interesting but not overwhelming. thank you!

  • Patsi
    October 4, 2014

    My fave in this collection is the Florida Tote!!

  • Patsi
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite in this collection is the Florida Tote!!! I love multi purpose bags 🙂

  • Judy Beebe
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote is my favorite. It looks like it would hold a lot of STUFF!

  • karen copstead
    October 4, 2014

    I like the City Bag. Looks like everything I’m looking for in an every-day bag.

  • Melissa
    October 4, 2014

    i like the city bag, it is just the right size for me.

  • Margaret Smith
    October 4, 2014

    Been thinking of making bags. The colors you used are wonderful.

  • Sharon
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida bag. I think it is the perfect size and I really like the piping accents.

  • Roberta Bland
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida Tote, and would love to make several.

  • Jackie Long-Goding
    October 4, 2014

    Florida Tote, love it!

  • Debbie Ashline
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Hobo Tote!
    …drool!

  • Doreen Uhl
    October 4, 2014

    The city bag Is my favorite but I would be pleased and enjoy making any on them.

  • Marianna DeGarmo
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida tote! Actually I love every single bag shown, but if I had to pick just one, the Florida tote it is 🙂

  • sharon
    October 4, 2014

    love the Florida bag.

  • Karen Bidanset
    October 4, 2014

    I could favor all of them, but the one that would get the most use is the Florida Tote. It would be fun to make for carrying all my supplies for my charity sewing meetings.

  • Dana
    October 4, 2014

    Love the style of The City Bag.

  • Arlinda Atwood
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Flotida Bag…and not because I a Floridian . I a big purse gal and I also like the zip top.

  • Vickie Welsh
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida tote……Love your show….Love your website…love your products!!!

  • Sara
    October 4, 2014

    I love the city bag!

  • Karen
    October 4, 2014

    I have just started making purses and I LOVE IT!!! I think the Town and Country Bag intrigues me the most-all the pockets, love that!

  • donnalee smith
    October 4, 2014

    I like them all but the Florida tote is my favorite.

  • Janet f
    October 4, 2014

    Florida bag! can it be altered to a smaller size?

  • Geri Waller
    October 4, 2014

    Love them all but I think the Florida tote would be my favorite.

  • Shelia Winstead
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Hobo Tote and the Florida Tote are my favorites

  • Karen
    October 4, 2014

    So I’m adding another comment-I think the Florida Tote is tied with my previous vote, no wait-I think they are ALL my favorite-how do you choose??? 🙂

  • June
    October 4, 2014

    The Hobo. I would make all of them, though.

  • Carol
    October 4, 2014

    Its hard to choose! I like the Hobo because it’s different than the bags I have made.

  • Marcia Lin
    October 4, 2014

    Love, love, Love the town and country bag.

  • Mary Ruth Rodel
    October 4, 2014

    Perfect bag for every occasion!

  • olive
    October 4, 2014

    I love the city bag.

  • Shirley
    October 4, 2014

    I love the town and country bag – not too big and has a nice closure for security.

  • Mary Ann Hebert
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all, The Florida Bag

  • Christine
    October 4, 2014

    I love The Florida Tote. I could fit my knitting, my water bottle, and my tablet in there and be ready for a day with my knitting group.

  • Eve
    October 4, 2014

    Nancy it’s like asking which child I like best. Love them all, but if forced to choose…I like the City Bag. Thank you!

  • Donna B
    October 4, 2014

    I like the California bag and all the fabrics you used

  • Mary Walker
    October 4, 2014

    I really love the Hobo Bag! Love your tips and lessons!

  • MaryEllen
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all, but the Florida tote would be my first choice !
    H
    Thanks Nancy !!

  • Cindy Swol
    October 4, 2014

    Oh my, sooo many choices and they’re all great, I want them all! Butt if push comes to shove I guess it’s The City tote.

  • Cindy Pilkington
    October 4, 2014

    They are all stylish and unique in their own way. I like the Florida bag best I guess….tough call.

  • sue
    October 4, 2014

    I love making bags. One can never ha e too many bags!

  • Nancy
    October 4, 2014

    It is hard to decide, but I just love “Nancy’s Hobo Tote”!
    The fabrics are fabulous too!

  • Ellie P
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote is my choice. Lots of pockets. The piping makes it look elegant.

  • Amy Robertson
    October 4, 2014

    The hardest thing I’ve had to do in awhile is decide which of these is my favorite, I love them all! I think I would have to say the City Bag wins my vote for now! It looks so versatile and fun to make!

  • Lynn B.
    October 4, 2014

    I have the Florida bag and love it! I think my favorite is the California bag. The size looks perfect.

  • Mary Jo Pigott groom
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all! If I had to choose one it would be Hobo.

  • Nita
    October 4, 2014

    Love the whole collection! But if I have to choose, I guess it would be Florida tote. …and those fabrics-wow!

  • Rita F
    October 4, 2014

    I like the “town & country” bag! Prefer smaller bags, but they’re all beautiful!

  • Karen
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Nancy’s Hobo Tote, it would be a great size for work and I love your use of color.

  • Audrey Myers
    October 4, 2014

    I love the California bag. I do not carry alot in a purse this is perfect size

  • Lorraine
    October 4, 2014

    I live in Florida!! And the Florida bag is for me 🙂

  • Donna chartrand
    October 4, 2014

    I used the California Bag Template and made the Carmel Plus Bag. Enjoyed using the template, took the guess work out of sewing! Perfect size for traveling on planes, large enough to hold my Kindle, a book, wallet, and other necessary items. Absolutely love it…sew much material and options 😉 Love all of them, but I certainly could go for the Florida Tote!! Thanks Nancy.

  • Mathilda Meffert
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida bag is my favorite. It has a classic shape but the fabric and trim make it so versatile for work, church or anytime.☺️

  • Dorothy Cosby
    October 4, 2014

    I like them all, but I vote for the city bag. I have never made that style and would like to learn how.

  • Kathy
    October 4, 2014

    Choose?! Not possible. I love the Florida Tote and the City Bag. But I would love to add any or all of these bags to my wardrobe. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  • Wilma Hughes
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida handbag. I have not made a handbag before, but I think I will try this one. I have used your patterns before and found them to be easy to follow. Thank you for using your talent to help others.

  • Joan D
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite bag is the roomy Florida bag. Love the outside pockets for easy access. A girl can never have too many bags in styles and colors for our busy lifestyles!

  • Judy Friesner
    October 4, 2014

    Florida tote. I have an adult special needs daughter and I carry a lot.

  • Susan Greene
    October 4, 2014

    Nancy Hobo is my favorite, because it looks so stylish. You could carry it anywhere. Would look to make this bag. Thanks in advance!

  • Erica Alem
    October 4, 2014

    Oh, I *love* the Florida tote! So gorgeous!

  • LaVonne
    October 4, 2014

    Hobo bag of course, need to carry all kinds of stuff.

  • Deb Mason
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida tote, outside pockets are a must!!
    ( I have the Hobo tote and have made several as baby bags, the new moms love all the room and pockets!! )

  • Terri Post
    October 4, 2014

    They are all neat; however the Florida bag is “me”. It’s traditional, functional, and can easily be individualized to fit anybody’s personality using novelty fabrics. I am a US Marine and Texas A&M mama, so my fabrics would make an adorable tote that represents who I am.

  • Fran Wiestf
    October 4, 2014

    I think the Hobo Tote is my favorite, the shape is more unique than most tote bags, and it makes a fantastic statement in your blue and chartreuse. I am a novice bag maker and would love to win this template, Thanks

  • Lori
    October 4, 2014

    California bag! Love those pockets

  • Gena Harakal
    October 4, 2014

    I love the entire color themed collection. My favorite bag would be the Florida tote. I also love the e-reader cover.

  • Peggy underhill
    October 4, 2014

    I love the hobo tote. The fabric choices are great. Thanks for sharing.

  • Clarice
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida Tote!

  • Leanne Gifford
    October 4, 2014

    I love having a huge bag that will hold a small purse, lunch bag/box, water bottle, and whatever else I need to carry to the office! My current one is 4 yrs old and really showing it’s wear. I think Nancy’s Hobo Bag would be a great replacement.

  • Diane C
    October 4, 2014

    The California Bag

  • M.R.Beat
    October 4, 2014

    Love the California clutch pattern, but I added a pocket to the lower half, outside surface. I need to get to my cell phone quickly, so a tight-fitting pocket the same size as the lower half, minus 3/4″ at top edge, holds my cell phone securely. From outside the pocket, I push the phone up in order to grab the rim without stretching the pocket. The fabric pattern matches the base pattern; no one notices the pocket initially.

  • Dee
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote – especially love the fabric!

  • Jody
    October 4, 2014

    The Hobo Tote definitely. Can really see myself using that one a lot. Stylish but functional. Love it!

  • Sharon Lichter
    October 4, 2014

    I like them all, but my choice is the Town and Country.

  • Kathy
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Hobo Bag. I love all the fabrics.

  • Norma
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the Florida Tote. The Hobo Tote makes a close second.

  • Karen
    October 4, 2014

    I love the collection….choice is hard but the Florida bag is catching my eye…

  • Margie Herrell
    October 4, 2014

    Florida tote

  • Elizabeth Kuntz
    October 4, 2014

    I have two faves but I think the Florida tote is the pattern I would choose.

  • Sheila Bennett
    October 4, 2014

    I like the city bag, it is just the right size for me!

  • Hope Walker
    October 4, 2014

    I like the town & country bag. Just the perfect size.

  • serena
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote….would work best to carry my “teacher stuff” back and forth from school. 🙂

  • Annemarie
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the Florida bag and sincerely hope it is large enough to hold the e-reader/tablet as well. How much fun to coordinate those two!! Best of allI like this blog because it opened my eyes to other ways to attack my stash—especially some of the fabrics I deem “too good to cut” or ” I haven’t found a pattern worthy of this fabric”. Every blog=an education! Nancy you’re so sensible!

  • Gina
    October 4, 2014

    I Love Nancy’s Hobo Tote.

  • Mary Jo Weber
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote is my favorite but they all look great in the fabrics you have chosen.

  • kayleen
    October 4, 2014

    the city bag! But I love them all.

  • Mary Hintzman
    October 4, 2014

    Although it’s a tough pick, I vote for the Florida bag as it will be with me when I travel to Florida for a week this fall. Any of the bags would be a great choice.

  • Billie Simmons
    October 4, 2014

    Sewed most of my life {73yrs} and have never tried doing a handbag. Thought about it, but just didn’t have time to do something for myself. Did seamstress work for 30 yrs, so I think it is time.

  • Sandy
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida tote with Hobo coming close second, really like them all. Think it is time for me to start making bags.

  • Nancy Thrift
    October 4, 2014

    Hobo

  • Lili Gray
    October 4, 2014

    I like them all but I vote for the City Bag.

  • Sandra
    October 4, 2014

    The hobo tote is my favorite because of the versatility and simplicity.

  • Vanessa B
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Town and Country Bag! I made a lot of bags without Peltex too…but loving it now! Thank You!!!

  • Judy Hodges
    October 4, 2014

    Hobo!

  • Paulette
    October 4, 2014

    I love the fabric collection. Graphic and clean, great for mixing and matching. The hobo tote is my choice.

  • Nancy
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote………..a difficult choice to make when they all look great.

  • DOROTHY S.
    October 4, 2014

    I vote for the California bag. I like the concept of putting a smaller bag into a larger one.

  • Nancy George
    October 4, 2014

    The City Bag…perfect size. I need a new purse! Perfect for gift giving.

  • Tina
    October 4, 2014

    If I had to choose it would be the Florida tote. Lots of pockets!

  • Carol Martinetty
    October 4, 2014

    Definitely the Florida tote for me. I live in Florida and most likely take my iPad and other necessities along with me. The outside pocket is also perfect for my cell phone. The size is perfect. Thanks for the lovely show and tell of the handbags with the different fabrics.

  • AS
    October 4, 2014

    Florida Tote

  • Cindy
    October 4, 2014

    My two favorites are the City bag and the Florida tote – forced to choose one it would be the Florida tote. Loved the fabric choices and the stacked button closure idea. Sometimes something so simple is what is needed and makes all the difference.

  • Barb
    October 4, 2014

    Nancy, you scored with them all and the Hobo Tote is just right carrying the plethora of items we modern women haul around. Thanks!

  • CynthiaB
    October 4, 2014

    Love the City Bag, perfect size!

  • Anne-Marie McCoy
    October 4, 2014

    Simple and elegant Town & Country bag !

  • Lori Mehrer
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the Hobo Tote. I’ve made a few purses & bags for myself but have completely worn them out. I’ve been wanting to make another purse for myself and seeing this post has given me some ideas of what I’d like to do. Thank you for inspiring me again.

  • Etta Z
    October 4, 2014

    I said on Fb City first and Floridian second. After looking at the Nancy’s Notions page I want to vote Floridian first City second.

    But love them all.

  • Pam Gutierrez
    October 4, 2014

    They are ALL great but I think the Florida Tote would be my favorite – great size! 😉

  • Judith Cushing
    October 4, 2014

    I like them all, but I think the Town and Country will be the one for me. You have great ideas, and I always say “I wish I had thought of that!”

  • Penny Heath
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida tote. Perfect size and looks great!

  • Rebecca Chapman
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote DEFINITELY! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Paula Howard
    October 4, 2014

    If I have to choose just one, it would be the Florida Tote. They are all so attractive.

  • Anna Fergeson
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida bag though the hobo is very unique!

  • Lucy
    October 4, 2014

    Never made a hand bag of ant sort before,but would really like to try something I’v never attempted before. Would be great to make for Christmas gifts!

  • Betty Daniel
    October 4, 2014

    The City Bag is my favorite.

  • Jo D
    October 4, 2014

    Look at The Florida Bag go!! Definitely my choice too! Why? Cause it will hold everything and there is no reason to change purses. It holds the cell phone on the front pocket (you can’t go without the cell)…. Oh, yea, that Tablet Keeper would definitely be inside.

  • Kathleen
    October 4, 2014

    Love the City Bag!

  • Nadine W
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida Tote. The Peltex tip is great and I will use it. Need to make some bags now that you have inspired me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Elizabeth_T
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the lines of the Hobo Tote.

  • Jane Jarvis
    October 4, 2014

    The city bag. It was a hard decision. I have always wanted to make Nancy’s bags.

  • venita abel
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the Town & Country Bag. It is very sleek & stylish. I love your choice of fabric & colors.

  • becky
    October 4, 2014

    Florida tote first. City Bag second.
    I am tired of buying designer bags that look like everyone else’s bags. This way I can have a wonderful designed bag, with the fabric of my choice and add personal “designer” touches of my own. With your bag templates I will be the envy of my friends.

  • Peggy
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the Florida Tote. Love all of the pockets and the outside design with the piping to dress it up.

  • Elaine Bilk
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote. It looks sophisticated and the clean lines can take you anywhere.

  • Hilda Magilow
    October 4, 2014

    Truthfully, I love all the bags. But my personal favorite is the town and country. It is different and I like to wear different things. I also have trouble keeping double shoulder straps on my shoulder. I love the one strap. I also like the shape of the bag. I would love to have any but Town & Country is my choice.

  • Jessy Rushing
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Hobo Tote! Room for all my junk, er, essentials!

  • Diane Q
    October 4, 2014

    If I had to pick one, it would be the hobo bag–a simple style yet looks roomy to hold all my stuff.

  • Gabriele Molina
    October 4, 2014

    Hard to choose. All patterns are winners, but the Hobo bag is my absolute favorite. I see endless options for fabric combinations and styling possibilities with this bag and in my case bigger is better when it comes to the size of a purse.

  • Christina Gonzalez
    October 4, 2014

    The City Bag is my favorite. It is a medium size handbag perfect for everyday use.

  • Sue
    October 4, 2014

    The Town & Country is my favorite. City Bag would be a close second.

  • Linda Bridges
    October 4, 2014

    Thanks for the added tips about the ribbons and the stacked buttons. I have seen you use them before. I made the E-tablet recently. I have the original template. My tablet was about 2″ smaller than the small, but I was able to reduce the size down to fit. All about “Rectangles and Squares” :-). Fun project. I think I will try one of these bags. Love the fabric you use!!

  • Eleanor
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote is my choice. I have made a few simple bags and would like to try this one. I have just discovered your website and truly enjoy it.

  • Merrilee
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all, but The City Bag calls to me!

  • Sandra Brewer
    October 4, 2014

    All the bags are wonderful. However, the Florida Tote is my favorite. Its clean lines and size are so versatile and the piping gives it that pop I like.

  • Deanna
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote is my favorite!

  • CC Collins
    October 4, 2014

    This California girl loves the California bag…especially when adapted into the California Backpack!

  • Robyn
    October 4, 2014

    Soon to be living between both California and Florida…I would have to say those are my two favorite bags! My favorite of these bags would have to be Florida! The fabric choices ar awesome!! I really want them all!

  • Pam Sullivant
    October 4, 2014

    The California Bag should be in my hands.

  • Susan Burns
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote is Great!

  • JoLynn
    October 4, 2014

    Love, love the Hobo bag! However, I’d make them all!

  • Arlean Fry
    October 4, 2014

    I like several of them but the Florida Bag seems to be my style. Love the out side pockets.

  • Starla
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the California and Florida versions, but my favorite is the Hobo Tote — it would hold my notebooks and other items I need (and want) to carry for work.

  • Sharon Vail
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote gets my vote – I need a zippered top because I lose things too much! And how great is it to find out about Peltex!

  • Deanna
    October 4, 2014

    Hobo bag. LOVE the color combo/design

  • Kathy Schulz
    October 4, 2014

    The City Bag! What an inspiring set of bags and fabrics!

  • Barbara Greene
    October 4, 2014

    I like them all so its hard to choose but the Hobo tote really stands out especially in the colors you used.

  • Marilyn
    October 4, 2014

    Hi Nancy, I love all the handbags, but I think I love the City Bag the best. The style is so great with the tab and the cut corners on the top, I would make some in all different colors.

  • Clara
    October 4, 2014

    Decisions, decisions…..Oh My! So hard to choose as they are all very pretty and functional. My favorites would be the Florida, Hobo and City Bag in that order. The others are not large enough to hold all the things I carry, however, I do like them.
    Thank you Nancy for all you do to make our sewing fun.

  • Catherine Crowley
    October 4, 2014

    I like the City Bag. It’s the Goldilocks bag, not too big, not to small, just right.

  • velia
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote is definitely speaking to my heart!

  • Sherry niles
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote!

  • Robin
    October 4, 2014

    I love the tablet keeper! I especially like the navy and green color combination…nice!

  • Nova Walker
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the Town & Country and the tip about the dart in the PELTEX is the perfect answer to another problem I was having with my microwave bowl cozies! My Christmas list just got easier. Thanks

  • Lori M.
    October 4, 2014

    I like the California Bag, just a simple grab and go…I could even change the wrislet and add D-rings to either side and a longer strap…..Thank you for the giveaway……

  • Carol Adams
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida tote.

  • LadyD
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote would be a great bag to hold all my art supplies… On the other hand, the California Bag would suit my purposes when I want to travel light… so if I win, just feel free to surprise me. I love them both.

  • Jan
    October 4, 2014

    The City Bag is my favorite.

  • Sandi Gilreath
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all and will likely buy all the templates!

  • Denise
    October 4, 2014

    I am going smaller in bags I carry. The California Bag seems to be the one for me.

  • nicole
    October 4, 2014

    I like the zig zag blue and white fabric and my choice is
    the City Bag. Thank you for the things you’re sendiing.

  • Brenda charron
    October 4, 2014

    I love the city bag!

  • Katie
    October 4, 2014

    I love them all. Thanks

  • Allen
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida bag but the ribbon trim on the hobo tote slays me!

  • Clara Chandler
    October 4, 2014

    Nancy’s Hobo Tote looks like my style. I love the color combination you chose! Thanks for the hints for constructing bags in the post.

  • Sherry Langley
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Town and Country bag.

  • JoanMarie
    October 4, 2014

    Like Florida tote then Hobo…I seem to always have too much to carry around. (notes, coupons for just-in-case stops). The fabric is so colorful and trendy. I love it. My friend calls it TEST Pattern. 🙂 Thank you for the pelon tip.

  • Barbara Howe
    October 4, 2014

    Town and Country is my favorite.

  • Pamela Carletti
    October 4, 2014

    I love the California bag, but would also love making the Florida tote to go with it. They would make a great combination for quick jont to the store as well as a day or weekend trip.

  • Cynthia T
    October 4, 2014

    Cute bags! I like the Florida Bag and the Hobo Tote. I love your fabric choices.

  • Mary Blevins
    October 4, 2014

    The City Bag is super cute! Thanks!

  • Monica Wasemiller
    October 4, 2014

    Love the City and Florida! definitely am looking forward to creating one of these

  • Marjory W.
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the Town and Country Bag.

  • Beth K
    October 4, 2014

    I am so in love with the Hobo tote, despite the temptations of the other patterns! 🙂

  • Margo Cuccio
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida tote. Classy with room for all your stuff.

  • Donna Taylor
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the City bag and the California bag would compliment it perfectly.

  • Adrienne McDonald
    October 4, 2014

    I like most of them but I think I like the Florida tote the best.

  • Ginny
    October 4, 2014

    Love the California bag – and I don’t think it’s just because I live in California! This would be something new to try.

  • Barbara
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida bag would be my first choice. Very versatile looking.

  • Glenda Taylor
    October 4, 2014

    Wow, it’s difficult to choose just one – they’re all so cute and the fabric selections are perfect. I’ve made many purses and totes – never can have too many!

  • Pamela Hansen
    October 4, 2014

    I cannot choose just one! But I would probably start with the California bag. Smaller bags are nice for a quick run to the store, or going to work when I don’t need all my “extras.” But I have to add – I LOVE the entire color range of that fabric! Nice eye candy!

  • Liane
    October 4, 2014

    I like The Town & Country Bag, because of de rounding and the long belt. And because he is not to deep, you can find everything :).

  • Jan S.
    October 4, 2014

    I already own Florida Tote, Calif. Bags, and City Bag, so Hobo Collection would be my choice. That color combination of navy and lime is superb! Love Riley Blake.
    Love your Bags!

  • SusanR
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Bag! Looks versatile, is a good size for carrying a tablet, also, and just has a classic look. Love the fabrics!

  • linda wolfe
    October 4, 2014

    hi, Nancy, I changed my email but not my teacher. As I read about the craft product we now use to line out totes and bags, I remembered the evening bag I made, with you in mind. literally. My go to phrase was “what would Nancy do?” I was there when you came on PBS decades ago. I remember we rented your VCR tapes and watched it every “Group Nite” and then returned it. You must have thought we were just one of the rent once, buy once, call in once. But it wasn’t. We put our orders together under one name, or rented or called. We were your “have to sew” because we were poor. I saved up 2 yrs to buy a $600.00 VCR, so my dad could record you and my soap operas and then I would carry the whole machine to my home (duplex) and back before work the next morning. anyway, back to the purse. I got invited to a swanky hospital dinner, invites only, and had a month to make everything but the shoes. Yep, an evening envelope bag out of the black velvet for my winter dress-up. It took 2 weeks to figure out how to make it stiff. No amount of coffee filters made it stiff enough wo bulk and then there was shoe boxes, they bent too easy and multiples didnt feel right. CARDBOARD BOXES yah, too thick. unless, wrapped in towels and run over it. left bumps. too homemade. roll the cardboard box strips with a rolling pin first so the bumps all went in one direction, still some bumps. Now run over it. Dad drove while I placed the towel wrapped cardboard just so, all in one direction from being rolled with the rolling pin and check, hummm, one more time. Perfect. the towels? not so much. good think I used old ones (I would save for other purses) and I thought again. “Now what would Nancy do?” I peeled a paper thin layer of quilt batting, wrapped the cut boards and hand finished the the bags edges, the black shoe lace that closed over the rhinestone broach mom had and you and I attended the swanky Christmas party. We had fun. We got so many compliments and yes, I told the truth. I made my dress and bag with my friend Nancy’s help. I found the velvet scraps and a small rolled card board in my memory envelope from that decade just last week. I am glad there is an easier way to line bags now. lol I still keep coffee filters as light, firm lining for memory envelopes, etc., and I have collected almost a dozen of your books (gosh, had to save up for those too) right by the sewing machine. Like half the world, Nancy, you are still my best sewing friend, teacher and inspiration. Thanks for the memories and the years (and the shoulder pads we made together, zig zag the edges they lay nicer). Bye for now, Linda

  • Doris
    October 4, 2014

    I carry magazines or ufo’s to the dr’s office so I can read my quilt books while I wait. The city bag would be my pick because it looks like it would hold my mag’s or book and still look classy.

  • Jeanette Beier
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote. I usually end up carrying around everything but the kitchen sink.

  • Barbara R.
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida totte!

  • Rosemary
    October 4, 2014

    LOVE the fabrics you selected. Can’t wait to get my hands on them as they are perfect for my Spanish Revival home that we are renovating. That tablet case is my “fave” because I just got a “hand-me-up” phone and I am badly in need of a case-it would be perfect!

  • Sue W
    October 4, 2014

    Would love to make the Florida tote.

  • Norma
    October 4, 2014

    I like the way that the Florida Tote can be used for a handbag and that it is so roomy. There isn’t very many of good size like that.

  • Melanie H.
    October 4, 2014

    I love the town and country bag. It is so cute and chic! Perfect size for me and my needs. Great fresh colour choices too!

  • Eyejs
    October 4, 2014

    Love the California bag!

  • Barb Wilson
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the may ways to style the California bag. I could really get good use of the this Trace and Create .

  • donna altieri
    October 4, 2014

    I like the florida tote and i also like the patterns for the ipad covers.

  • Melanie Shamp
    October 4, 2014

    I’m a traveler, so the Florida bag is great, plus I’ll make a coordinating California bag to tuck all the personal items inside.Christmas is coming, so the YUMMY new fabrics will make gift making easy, especially for my sophisticated granddaughters; hurrah for contemporary prints!

  • Ginette
    October 4, 2014

    My first choice would be the Hobo tote with the Florida tote as second, but love it as much. They are all nice looking. Never had a chance to try your pattern Nancy, I use many many of your tools, but never had the chance to buy your pattern. Jus love them all. Thanks.

  • Beverly Collins
    October 4, 2014

    I like the city bag and would enjoy making it and carrying all my goodies in it.

  • Shirley Wilson
    October 4, 2014

    I especially like The Florida Tote. The size looks appealing and just what I need. Thanks for sharing your ideas each week and for the opportunity to participate. Shirley

  • Patty Gal
    October 4, 2014

    It’s hard to choose but I think I would go with the Town & Country Bag. I love the shape and it’s such a nice size; not too big and not too small.

  • Peggy V
    October 4, 2014

    Town and Country Bag is my favorite bag!!! And the fabric you used on that bag is fabulous!!!

  • Roberta Giddings
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Bag!!

  • Barb Jeffries
    October 4, 2014

    I would choose the town and country bag. I have made many purses for myself and for gifts. I love your color choices. Thank you for all tips and education, you are truly an inpsiration.

  • Candy S
    October 4, 2014

    I vote for the Florida Bag. Love extra pockets!

  • Nancy L.
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida handbag — it has pockets on the outside and inside!

  • Chery
    October 4, 2014

    Like many others, The Florida Tote. Love your color choice and the size is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol K.
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida bag.

  • Norma Weeks
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida Tote is at the very top of my list, although they are all tempting. I can imagine each and everyone having a place of honor (and use) in my “handbag wardrobe”. I would really love to sin this inspiring “giveaway”. Maybe I’ll be lucky?

  • Fran Johnson
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the City Bag.

  • Sandra O'Neill
    October 4, 2014

    Thank you for the blog Nancy, I have just discovered your bags!
    I had trouble deciding but I think the Florida Tote is my favourite.
    Will now be making lots!

  • Margaret Zupfer
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida tote bag.

  • Jackie Reynolds
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the City Bag. It is different than what I usually carry. I have not made a tote or purse yet.

  • Sandra O'N
    October 4, 2014

    Thanks to your blog Nancy, I have just discovered your handbags

  • Kaye M.
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the Florida tote because I like the piping trim and having an outside pocket. I love the different fabric combinations that you’ve used for these cute bags.

  • Flasun
    October 4, 2014

    Overall, I prefer the Florida tote.

  • Flasun
    October 4, 2014

    My favorite is the Florida tote.

  • Flasun
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote.

  • Barbara Lussier
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida bag and the California bag and would be very happy to receive either one.

  • Janice King
    October 4, 2014

    I just love them all, but the most versatile for me is the Town and Country bag. It’s one to use everyday. Love those colors you chose.

  • Brenda
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida bag. It’s definitely my style — roomy to carry snacks and fun things for our grandkids and I love the outside pockets for keys, candy (since I LOVE SWEET THINGS), and a comb or hair accessories on the go. I love all the larger handbags, but especially this style…

  • Kathleen Gold
    October 4, 2014

    Love the Florida tote, it is a perfect size

  • Margaret Hartman
    October 4, 2014

    I would love the make several of these bags, especially the Florida Tote, the Town & Country Bag and the City Bag. I love making handbags of different styles.

  • Martha
    October 4, 2014

    The California bag is my favorite. My clutch is worn out. Time to sew a very special one.

  • bobbie denson
    October 4, 2014

    Florida tote…..always need a good tote!

  • Sheila Wilton
    October 4, 2014

    I love the clutch created from the California Bag template.

  • Maureen O
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Hobo bag, but the City bag is a close second.

  • Marie
    October 4, 2014

    Love the hobo Bag

  • Deb Putirskis
    October 4, 2014

    Town & Country is the first choice. But someday I would like to make all of them.

  • Debbie
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the Florida tote.

  • Shirley U.
    October 4, 2014

    Maybe it’s because I grew up in Florida, but my favorite is the Florida tote. Enjoyed this blog posting, too…some great little tidbits of information.

  • mary
    October 4, 2014

    I love the Florida tote. Looks like a great hold all!
    Thanks for the give-away!

  • Shirley U.
    October 4, 2014

    Maybe it’s because I grew up in Florida, but my favorite is the Florida bag. Really enjoyed this blog posting, too…lots of little tidbits of information.

  • Vicki
    October 4, 2014

    Love them all, but I especially love the hobo tote

  • Jeanniebella
    October 4, 2014

    I think the Florida Tote is most my style. I could see making several of these in a variety of colors! It looks very classy and functional at the same time.

  • Sheri Fowler
    October 4, 2014

    Totally love that Town & Country bag…..

  • Jerri Baker
    October 4, 2014

    I have made a couple of jean purses, & bag. But not one for a tablet, which I need 2 do. Plus it has been along time since I have sewed because of illness,& surgery’s. But I am gun-ho 2 start sewing again. Love watching your show especially why I was sick & unable 2 do anything. Still watching after a lot of years.

    • Jerri Baker
      October 4, 2014

      I also meant 2 tell u I love them all. But the Florida tote bag. But anyone of them would b great. THANKS

  • mary klein
    October 4, 2014

    The Florida tote is the most appealing tote. It is both attractive and useful. It’s nice to have classy and functional wrapped up in one.

  • Lakshmi
    October 4, 2014

    Love the neat and clean lines of all the bags but my fav ought to be California clutch

  • Jane Sprague
    October 4, 2014

    I love the versatility of the Florida tote. It’s just the right size for almost everything!

  • Billie Simmons
    October 4, 2014

    I thought I did. I like the city bag. Be sewing for most of my life, 73 yr old and have never made a bag. Never had time to do for myself as I was a seamstress for others for 30 years. Now it is my time.

  • Cheryle walker
    October 4, 2014

    Love the City Bag no matter what fabric you use this style is casual or for work.

  • Sandy Davis
    October 4, 2014

    They all look wonderfully useful, but I think the Florida bag would be my choice because of all the pockets. I really like having lots of pockets in my bags!

  • Betty Harden
    October 4, 2014

    Love all of them, but Florida tote would be my first choice. Thanks for the chance to win. Saw your Quilt Expo show this morning and you were looking great. Really loved the quilts. I plan to be there next year.

  • Judy G
    October 4, 2014

    Although I love the grab and go style of the California Bag, I’ve got to have pockets, so number one choice is the Florida Tote.

  • Esther Sherrill
    October 4, 2014

    The Town and Country bag is my favorite.

  • Angela Brady
    October 4, 2014

    the Florida Bag

  • Caroline Moyer
    October 4, 2014

    They are all great – specially with the fabrics you picked.
    I say – Hobo.

  • Gail
    October 4, 2014

    I like the Florida tote best.

  • Sandi Campie
    October 4, 2014

    I like the city bag. It is a great size and I like the simple ribbon
    embellishment and stacked buttons. I agree the fabrics really make these bags attractive. I love the contrasting colors!

  • Suzanne Cook
    October 4, 2014

    How do you pick a favorite? The fabric choices are unlimited! Since I am ‘expecting’ my second granddaughter this month I would have to go with the Florida Tote first then the Hobo Tote for carrying all the wonderful things I take with me to playtime! I can never call it babysitting because I am playing and having the time of my life with my two year old granddaughter and now I will have double the fun in a few days!

  • Nancy
    October 4, 2014

    I already have the Hobo Tote, so I have to say the Florida Tote.
    thanks for the giveaway

  • Donna
    October 4, 2014

    The Town and Country and the Florida tote would be useful and cute.

  • Nancy McKenzie
    October 4, 2014

    The city bag! What great idea!

  • Tina
    October 4, 2014

    Love the city bag, but i could also see me carring the Hobo tote

  • LindY G Sherrod
    October 4, 2014

    Hard choice to make, I love them all. Since I’m a Florida lady, I pick that one.

  • Cheri Smith
    October 4, 2014

    I really like the city bag. It’s a great design for a purse in my opinion.
    I love making my own purses, I’m not limited to anyone else’s choices.
    So many possibilities!

  • Renae Walters
    October 4, 2014

    Love the hobo bag!

  • Judy Evert
    October 4, 2014

    Love them all but my favorite is the hobo bag

  • Marsha Lawrence
    October 4, 2014

    The thought of doing the piping scares me, but I love the Florida Tote.

  • Bonnie Ditto
    October 4, 2014

    The city bag would be perfect for me or any of my 5 daughters.

  • Margaret Lawrence
    October 4, 2014

    I already own the patterns for the Florida and Hobo Totes, and the Tablet Keeper – the City Bag pattern would be a great addition!

  • Laura M
    October 4, 2014

    The City bag!

  • Sheila Wynens
    October 4, 2014

    Love them all, but especially the Hobo Tote

  • Lorraine
    October 4, 2014

    Love them all, but I think I like the California bag the best.

  • Brenda
    October 4, 2014

    Hard to choose, but I like the Hobo very much

  • Nancy
    October 4, 2014

    I think the Florida tote would be my pick. I just got some new heavier fabric in a pink and orange print that I think would look great as this bag and I can see orange handles and lining and pink piping. I like the stacked ribbons and might try this on the right side of the handles.

  • Robin Gandy Harsh
    October 5, 2014

    I’ve been thinking of trying one of these templates for a while now. I think I’d like to begin with the Florida tote, it looks the perfect size.
    I’ve never been a fan of chartreuse before but, wow, these bags are super cute!

  • Andrea
    October 5, 2014

    The city bag would be my choice but I really like them all and the fabrics are beautiful.

  • Debbie Chenoweth
    October 5, 2014

    i love both the Florida tote and the City bag, but if I must choose it has be the tote.

  • Vivella
    October 5, 2014

    The Town & Country Bag

  • Carol Stearns
    October 5, 2014

    I live in Florida so Florida it is!

  • Liz M
    October 5, 2014

    California Bag – I like small bags because you cannot put a lot in them. This creates less stress on your back and shoulders. I have back problems but not because of carrying around a large purse. You really don’t need alll that stuff – do you?

    Liz

  • Carol Henry
    October 5, 2014

    The Florida tote would be my choice. I enjoy making tote bags. Have made the Town and Country bag. Love these templets. Thank you Nancy.

  • Mary Ellen
    October 5, 2014

    I definitely would make the tablet keeper!

  • Lillace Christianson
    October 5, 2014

    Nancy, they’re all really nice, but the Florida Tote would work best for me. All those pockets keep me organized so that I can find what I need, especially when driving. If I keep sunglasses, phone, etc. in dedicated pockets it’s easy to pull what I need without taking my eyes off the road. Have a great week!

  • Sharon Hancock
    October 5, 2014

    I would love to try the Hobo bag. I make my daughters something every year for Christmas…. They would live these bags.

  • Ilana
    October 5, 2014

    I really like all of them. Since I have to pick one, I’ll choose the Hobo Bag.

  • Sharon H
    October 5, 2014

    How can I possibly choose just one? I love all of them and I’m so glad to see them done in fresh colors and exciting fabrics! This post has made me WANT to make them, whereas the pictures on your website are, to me, not as inspiring….sorry, Nancy. So, if I MUST choose one….this is so hard because I adore tote bags, but I’d say the City Bag wins my heart today. Thanks for the great post and opportunity, Nancy!

  • Amy Nulty
    October 5, 2014

    Nancy’s Hobo Tote is really stylish and I vote for it.

  • Patricia
    October 5, 2014

    I like all of the bags, but my choice would be the Florida Bag due to the size and the many different looks.

  • Patricia
    October 5, 2014

    I like all of the bags, but my choice is the Florida Bag due to the size and different looks you can achieve.

  • maureen
    October 5, 2014

    I like the town and country bag. It is the perfect size.Not to big. I can put it in a bigger tote bag if I have too

  • Linda Mattson
    October 5, 2014

    I think my favorite is the Florida Tote. I would also like to make the cover for my Kindle.

  • Natalie
    October 5, 2014

    California Bag gets my vote. I am now using a belt bag (aka fanny pack) almost everywhere I go — but mostly I don’t wear it, just carry it by the belt or wrap,wrap,wrap it around my wrist. The size & wristlet strap of the California Bag would make it the perfect substitute. Its expandable feature is appealing, too, for those times I need to carry something more than the basics. (Love the big bags, too, but NEED the smaller one right now!)

  • Carmen Williams
    October 5, 2014

    I love the Florida bag! I think it could easily double as a diaper bag.

  • Kathy
    October 5, 2014

    The Florida tote is the one I would pick pretty and funtctional.

  • Janece
    October 5, 2014

    Love the look of thr Town & Country bag

  • Anne Z.
    October 5, 2014

    I love the California bag. I enjoy making my own totes and bags. They are so much fun to create and wear. They are great for gifts as well.

  • Anita Green
    October 5, 2014

    Town and country gets my vote!!!

  • Rachel Kurtz
    October 5, 2014

    I like the Florida Tote! It’s very cute and looks roomy. The fabrics are cute, too!

  • Patti
    October 5, 2014

    The Florida tote is definitely my favorite, but love them all. Can’t wait to get started sewing again after a 18 month hiatus while building a new house and moving. I’m ready to get creative again.

  • Elaine G.
    October 5, 2014

    I’ve loved the Florida tote ever since I saw the video of you showing how to sew it together! I also love how the edges are embellished with the piping!

  • Theresa Brooks
    October 5, 2014

    It is hard to choose, but I think the Florida Tote is my favorite! Love them all!

  • Deon
    October 5, 2014

    I’ll vote for the Hobo tote, although the Florida & California are also great!

  • Dawn
    October 5, 2014

    I think the city bag look handy, but all are great!

  • Louise Johnson
    October 5, 2014

    I like the Town and Country Bag, but I would have used the same ribbon trim as the one you used on the Hobo Tote for its handle underside — echoing the polka dot fabric.

  • Mildred Squyres
    October 5, 2014

    I love the city bag, and my second choice would be the Nancy’s Hobo bag. I usually make a bag for our church festival each year. I enjoy making them. Sewing anything is a joy to me. I love it.

  • Maggie King
    October 5, 2014

    I have the City Bag and love making it for gifts as well as myself. I love them all but think I would enjoy the Florida Tote as it would make great Christmas gifts for my six granddaughters! Maggie

  • Linda
    October 5, 2014

    definitely the hobo tote. I could really see rocking that in some great fabric!

  • Kathy Luehrs
    October 5, 2014

    I love the City Bag – very nice done in black and white – very classy – plus the pop of color with lime green give it a modern twist – very nice

  • Maria R
    October 5, 2014

    I like the Florida tote best. However I would love to try them all some day.

  • Heidi Whiteside
    October 5, 2014

    I like the Town and Country!

  • Mom C
    October 5, 2014

    I think I’d like to try the Florida Bag. It looks so versatile. Thanks.

  • Chris
    October 5, 2014

    My favorite is the Florida tote!! The city bag is next. The color combo I love!

  • Pat O.
    October 5, 2014

    I think the City Bag would be a perfect daily companion for work or play.

  • Jennifer Fried
    October 5, 2014

    Dear Nancy, I want to vote vor the City Bag, even tho I’m a country gal. It is a little different. Your fabrics are sooooo fresh and are very inspiring. Thanks for all the great projects that you feature all the time. I am new to the internet so I hope you gt this

  • Judy Forkner
    October 6, 2014

    I think I’d go for the Town & Country bag.

  • Joanie
    October 6, 2014

    Hi, I love them all but my favorite is the City Bag! What beautiful fabrics, I have to go to Nancy’s Notions and get some before they’re all gone!

  • Linda Rupe
    October 6, 2014

    The Hobo Tote today, the Florida Tote another day! The City Bag on Sunday. It’s a great collection and these bags would make lovely gifts.

  • Donna Peters
    October 6, 2014

    Hard to choose just one. I’m never without a knitting project when I travel & I think the Hobo Tote would make a great bag for carrying the essentials and still have room for the wallet & keys 🙂

  • Barbara
    October 6, 2014

    It is hard to pick which one but I will go with the City Bag.

  • Donna C.
    October 6, 2014

    I’m obsessed with the Hobo Tote!! Looks beautiful in these colors, too.

  • Kay S
    October 6, 2014

    The Florida tote and the Hobo tote are my favorites. I have made many bags similar to the Florida tote and they are fun to make. I gave 21 for Christmas gifts last year.

  • Karen Stein
    October 6, 2014

    I really like the Hobo tote. It looks like it would be very versatile and comfortable.

  • Candace W
    October 6, 2014

    All the patterns are wonderful! The Florida tote is the first I want to try. Have the material ready to start!

  • Cheryl F. Brown
    October 6, 2014

    I love, love, love the City Tote.

  • Donna Fecteau
    October 6, 2014

    I love them all but I think the hobo tote is the one I’d like to make first.

  • lori hobson
    October 6, 2014

    My choice would be the hobo tote. It is the perfect size and fashionable. The colour combo is awesome!
    I would be proud to carry this tote to any occasion.

  • Peggy
    October 6, 2014

    I love the Florida Tote as I use outside pockets a lot. I love the color combinations and this tote would look great in browns’, yellow’s and orange for fall. I helped two of my granddaughters make totes from your Infinity Tote Showcase book and they had fun making them. Thank you Nancy for all
    the great ideas and helps you provide for all the sewists.

  • Joyce
    October 6, 2014

    The Flordia Tote, but it was a tough decision, also love the City bag.

  • Sherrie Lilly
    October 7, 2014

    gee how can I pick just one. If I’m traveling it would have to be the Hobo Tote with the California bag slipped in. If I am just around tow. It would have to be the Florida tote. I have already made a couple of your totes and the Tablet keeper. Great work thanks.

  • Jane Scheef
    October 7, 2014

    I love the California bag. I want a clutch to carry, but love the extra wrist strap.

  • Laura
    October 7, 2014

    The hobo and the Florida are my favorites. The colors are gorgeous! I’m all about color. Don’t care for full things. Color ads Life! Great bags Nancy.

  • Laura
    October 7, 2014

    It should say I don’t care for dull things.
    Laura

  • Tina Kloepfer
    October 7, 2014

    I live Nancy’s Hobo Bag!

  • Jodi Breese
    October 7, 2014

    It’s a toss up between The Floridian and The City. 🙂

  • Karen
    October 7, 2014

    I love the Florida bag! The fabrics you used are spectacular!!!

  • Liz O.
    October 7, 2014

    love them all, but the Hobo Tote is my favorite! TFS! Have a wonderful day!

  • Ines
    October 8, 2014

    I’m in love with the California collection!

  • Donna G.
    October 8, 2014

    The Hobo Tote! All of the bags are great, and this one really catches my eye.

  • Renee
    October 8, 2014

    I love the Nancy’s Hobo Tote and I have plenty of fat quarters to work with!

  • Amelia McNairy
    October 8, 2014

    Choosing is hard, but if I could only have one, it would be the Florida tote.

  • Steph Barry
    October 9, 2014

    I like the Florida tote – love to have pockets or the inside and outside. I also like the option of having a zipper top closure. I don’t want my “stuff” falling out of my bag! I am always making totes for others but I really need a new one myself!

  • Steph Barry
    October 9, 2014

    I like the Florida tote – I love inside and outside pockets. And the option of a top zipper closure is a plus. I don’t want my “stuff” falling out of my bag. I’m always making totes to give to others but now I need a new one for myself!

  • Sara Sparks
    October 9, 2014

    I love the California bag! What a cute pattern combination.

  • Gladys
    October 11, 2014

    I love all them, but The City Bag is my favorite! Very great combination and fabrics!

  • Medora
    October 13, 2014

    It’s the Florida Tote for me–I always have more to carry than my purse can hold. I see this full of yarn or whatever other crafty medium I’m working with at the moment.

  • Pat
    October 13, 2014

    Loved the City Bag, it looks like it will hold just enough “stuff” but not too much to get heavy!

    Thanks

  • Barb Miller
    October 13, 2014

    I really love the Florida Tote. I like the clean lines and the shape the best. This is what I’d call my go-to-bag. Basic, functional, the kind of bag that stands the test of time!!!

  • Nancy Gross
    October 14, 2014

    First I love the fabric and the colors you chose. My favorite would be The City Bag.

  • Ruby G. Benn
    October 14, 2014

    I like the city bag, it’s a very nice bag. I’ve been watching the show and I saw the templates. Looks like it would make things a lot easier. The color combinations are very beautiful and stylish.

  • karen smithson
    October 17, 2014

    I really like a couple of the patterns but the city bag would be my favorite.

  • Paula
    October 19, 2014

    I love the Florida Tote. The colours are so yummy and I love the piping its a nice touch.

  • stephanie D.
    October 24, 2014

    I really like “Nancy’s Hobo Tote”. I love the dual colors and complementary fabrics. If I could make that, I would try polka dots and the zig zag fabrics together. They are all very nice.

  • Becky Caughel
    October 25, 2014

    I love the city bag tote. Have watched these bags being made and love the templates that can be used. As always Nancy, your programs are easy to understand and follow. Keep up the good work!

  • Kim
    October 29, 2014

    Love the Hobo Tote

  • Joyce Green
    October 30, 2014

    I love the Florida tote!

  • Sharon
    December 11, 2014

    I love the hobo tote bag because of the size and ease of fitting a days work inside. The different materials all blend together so you can let your imagination flow.

  • kathy j
    March 12, 2017

    I like the Florida Tote.

  • THOT
    May 8, 2018

    I love all your bags, totes, and Tablet holders, but my favorite is the Florida tote! I enjoy making my own bags, Thanks for the chance to win it!.
    The House Of Tara

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