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Remember getting my bag wrong? It's finally finished!

Well I have been working on this quite a while (here) but I am finally happy to call my bag finished, and here it is -

My problems were that I was trying to achieve several goals in one project -

1. To use ByAnnies Soft & Stable instead of interfacing so it would stand up by itself.

2. To make a bag from Lynette Anderson's book "It's quilting Cats & Dogs" because I liked the bag design and thought I could do my own version of the patchwork and embroidery decoration.

3. To use more of my mum's patchwork pieces and produce a bag for myself! This worked well as I said at the time.

When I realised I had cut off the flap that was supposed to be part of the back I never thought it would be so difficult to add an extension.  I tried a patchwork extension but it didn't match up with the patchwork on the join with the bag, so off it came. The second time I cut the extension piece too narrow! Back to the drawing board.

When you made the gusset for Lynette's bag, you top-stitch 3 rows down the centre.  So I took this idea and quilted a piece of denim which then worked as my extension - at last!  I copied the 3 rows of central top-stitching on the handle strap too, and matched them up with the gusset.  

ByAnnies Soft & Stable made the quilting easy as there is no need for backing fabric, it is stable, it stays flat and keeps it's shape.

I decided to line the flap and attach it to the bag, then line the bag rather than attempt joining the flap to the bag and then lining it in-one as per the book. Lynette also used a loop and button closure, but I knew I wouldn't use that (too fiddly) so I added a magnetic catch.

I also added a slip pocket to the lining using more patchwork pieces.  The first fitting showed the lining was too baggy even though it was tightly stretched over the outer shell, so off it came  for alteration.

Having restitched the lining smaller I thought I would have trouble pinning them together, but it worked ok.  It was nerve racking pulling the lining through but it came out well this time.  I finished off by top-stitching around the top edge.

My perseverance paid off!




Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags

 ChrisW Designs

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Comment by Karen on April 28, 2015 at 10:43am

Hi Dianne, thank you for that.  One day I would like to make another one like this, but with an easier bag pattern to follow!

Comment by Dianne Bernas on April 28, 2015 at 9:23am
Your work is beautiful. I love the Butterfly bag!
Comment by Karen on July 11, 2014 at 4:17am

Hi Linda

If you want to try the butterfly, you might find this helpful too applique tips


Comment by Linda Lubbesmeyer on July 10, 2014 at 10:26pm

I have GOT to try this! 

Comment by Karen on June 18, 2013 at 6:05pm

Hi Sally

I found a butterfly picture with Google Images, printed it off and used it as a pattern.  The colouring pages are usually a good source of free printable designs, like this one!

I traced the whole thing onto Bondaweb, bonded it to a pale blue cotton, cut it out and applied it to the denim.  I used the machine on a zig-zag setting to fix it.  

Then I traced the pairs of segments onto Bondaweb, repeating the same process for all 3 matching segements in the top wings and 3 in the bottom wings.

You should join the Applique Needlework channel, we have loads of stuff on there!

p.s. i see you have a strange message from Mr Kwame too - I think I will mention it to Susan.


Comment by Sally Sullivan on June 18, 2013 at 4:33pm

What a beautiful bag.  Where did you get the butterfly applique?  I would sure like to have the directions, I have the saddle purse pattern.


Comment by Karen on September 18, 2012 at 5:23pm

Thanks Susan, only problem is now my niece wants me to make one for her!  I do happen to have a pink denim skirt given to me for recycling so a pink version might be in the pipeline.  It's got to be easier second time around hasn't it, I should know what I'm doing this time!

Comment by Susan Dunlop on September 18, 2012 at 7:35am

I absolutely love your bag, the patchwork and applique work is just gorgeous and what a lot of work you've put into it. It's turned out beautiful!

Comment by Patricia on September 17, 2012 at 1:39pm

oh my word I love these hand bags...

Comment by Phyllis Chambliss on September 15, 2012 at 11:22am

I love it, thanks for sharing i don't think i can make it.

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