Bee-utiful Minimalist Bag 🐝

Yesterday I had posted a little bee cross stitch in the Snapshot thread. Well…here’s the final project!

I don’t like carrying big purses unless I really have to. I prefer just to have the basics: keys, money/cards, phone. I have a little purse like this I had gotten off of Amazon but I had seen this pattern on Etsy and inspired by my success of being able to make my cross stitch project case I decided I’d challenge myself yet again.

[Pattern for this bag can be found here.]

Here’s a close up of the cross stitch. I knew I wanted to kinda add sashing around it like quilting to make it the proper size but then I had the idea to make it into a hexagon to fit the whole bee theme. There was lots of math. Paper piecing. Measuring a billion times before doing it. And much nervousness of cutting up my cross stitch fabric. But I was so pleased with how this part turned out!

Anyway…let’s take a tour! The little bee section is actually a front pocket!

And then there’s the main compartment! It’s zippered and lined and….isn’t big enough for my hand.

I mean, I don’t think I have huge hands. If I were a better zipper sewer I’m sure I could tweak it a bit but I think if I make another I might just make the whole thing a tad wider.

I can put my phone in there though! And since my phone is tall I can grab it with no issue. Same with sunglasses. Once I realized I’ll probably keep my phone in this compartment I felt better about the whole thing. I was so sad when I realized I couldn’t reach the bottom. Lol.

If you turn the whole thing over there’s another zippered pocket on the back!

When you unzip it there is a gusset. Ya’ll…I feel like a fancy sewer making gussets.

And thanks to said gusset…the pocket opens nice and wide to be able to fit things in…AND my hand can reach the bottom.

I have a wallet but lately I’ve taken to just carrying my credit card and ID card. Next on my list is a nice little card case to keep in here instead of letting them loosely about in the pocket all willy nilly.

NOT PICTURED: I have a long strap to wear this cross-body. The pattern has directions for a long strap or a short strap (kinda like a wristlet). The long strap I made is essentially homemade bias tape. I used the same bee fabric but I think I might make another and use the gray fabric instead.

Here’s my old bag. I hope it enjoys retirement. It’s served me well but the fabric is kinda plastic coated and has cracked apart on the strap, tearing up my neck. I always wished it had just a tad more space and now I have that!

Anyway, thanks for looking! I now own this pattern so if anyone ever wants to do a personal swap I have the skills to make more! Woohoo! I’m really thinking this would be a great gift item too. All it would take is picking out the right fabrics for the person it’s intended for. Now…I just have to find a cheaper way to get all the hardware. Lol.

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That looks so great. Brava to you for challenging yourself with another sewing project. And that bee! It is just bee-oo-tee-full!

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What a fabulous way to showcase some of your beautiful stitching!

Love that there is a place for everything in such a small bag…

If you are no longer going to be using your old bag, be sure to salvage all of the usable parts!

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Yes, for sure!! I’ve already been eyeballing the hardware on that one. :laughing:

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That is Fab.U.Lous. I am extremely jealous of your skills and new bag. I love it especially bringing the cross stitch into it. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Love the bag, especially your little bee!

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Utterly adorable. Beautiful stitch work!

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What a beautiful little bag! Lovely choice of fabric and the stitched bee makes it extra special.

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Bee prepared to get tons of compliments when you’re out and about- that bag is gorgeous! The stitching takes it up way more than a notch. Just gorgeous. It looks like a boutique product and you should be very proud of it.

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this is amazing!
I absolutely love the bee theme, and the whole thing just WORKS!!

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It’s gorgeous! I love the cross stitch and the fabric and all the compartments.

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That’s a great bag!

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LOVE THIS! good job. This is basically the size of my wallet… I have to have a huge bag.

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The cross stitching and the stitch stitching are excellent! Bee-youtiful!

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I have been eyeing this pattern, too! Love your rendition. It really showcases your talent!

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The new bee bag is so gorgeous!!! I just love it!!

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I also picked up a couple smaller bags this size! They’re so easy breezey! But mine aren’t as stunning as your little bee bag! And the addition of the cross stitch with foundation piecing? With a wee vent? Gah! So awesome!

Really great work!

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How lovely!
The shape of the bag is awesome, and so is the combination of the embroidered bee and the bee fabric.

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That came out beautiful!!!

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Love the bee theme, the hexagon around the bee, and the fantastic way it all turned out. Very professional! I know you will love this forever.

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