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'Hares' Embroidery and Applique Tote bag

Hare in Daisies by MarmaladeRose (I'm a big fan!)

Someone I know loves hares, she has hare pictures, hare sculptures, hare cushions.  She is celebrating a birthday next month.  As her husband was heard to comment recently that he felt she had enough hares around the house I decided to make her some 'portable' hares in the form of a tote bag!

I asked an artist friend to do a sketch for me, which I traced then stitched with free motion machine embroidery onto artists's canvas.  I used black in the top and grey in the bobbin.  I hope I did it justice.  I used recycled wool tweed from a collection of skirts (donated by my MIL) to piece the rest of the panel together, and added some decorative machine stitching.

For the back I chose a silhouette of boxing hares and cut them out of some tweed.  I applied them to some more artist's canvas with zig-zag stitches, then pieced the rest of the panel to match the front.  

I did buy new fabric for the lining, from my local patchwork shop.  I wanted something suggesting grass or woodland and we found this leaf print.  The handles were recycled from an old jute (burlap) shopping bag and are long enough to be used on the shoulder.  I've also added a key leash, just in case she finds it useful.

I used techniques I learnt from Chris Welsh ( to make the slip pockets. They were pieced together to make two slip pockets, two pen pockets and a central bellows pocket, finished with a faux binding. The binding and pocket lining was recycled from a man's shirt in a two tone blue/green mohair type fabric.

I also added some fusible fleece to pad it out in case she wanted to carry a tablet or device in it.  I want it to be useful, and used!

I'm pleased with the result, I hope she will be too!

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Comment by Sue Smith on August 1, 2015 at 12:18pm

Love this bag. Great fabrics. 

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