This is a project that I’ve been meaning to tackle for awhile. I was inspired by this photo that I discovered on Pinterest, courtesy of Martha Stewart.

While I was not interested in creating laundry storage, itcertainly got my creative wheels a turnin’!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it ispossible to have too many storage options. I’m always looking for new ways tostash my stuff! My thought for this project was to create a more structured bagsystem to store my sewing gadgets, but utilize the embroidery hoops as hanginghardware.

If you have ever made a tote bag, you will be very familiarwith the assembly of these bags. Super simple…

For each bag, you will need:

{1} scrap of fabric (14″h x 22″ w)
{1} scrap of fabric in a coordinating theme or color (14″h x22″ w)
{1} 6″ embroidery hoop

I added a layer of fusible interfacing just fora little extra stability.

Take your outside fabric, fold in half lengthwise, and sew a 1/2″ seam along the side.

Press your seam open and sew another 1/2″ seam along the bottom of your bag.
Trim the corners of your bottom seam.
Open your bag and pinch the bottom corners together.
Sew a seam across the corner to make a boxed bottom. I sewed a 4″ seam to create a substantial base to my bag.
Cut the corners off below your seam.
Turn the your bag right-side out. This is what the bottom should look like.
Follow the exact same steps for the lining of your bag, but do not turn it right-side out.
Insert your lining into the outer bag and turn a 1/2″ hem towards the outside of the bag.
Stitch in place. I used a zigzag stitch for a little more character.
Fold the top down toward the outside approximately 2″. Insert the inner ring of your embroidery hoop under the folded edge. Place the outer ring of the embroidery hoop on the outside of the bag, directly over the inner hoop and tighten.
Mount your rod, add one S-hook per bag, and hang in place!

I only made three bags, but I plan to add a few more when I have time. They are so cute! I love the way they are structured, but still have a soft, whimsical feel.

Have a wonderful week ahead! I’m going to try to get my front door decorated for Halloween this week. I have a fun idea that I hope works out. I never know until it’s too late!
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