Then I moved on to making zipped purses including lots of make up bags which you can see here.
More recently, I made a few zipped coin purses for craft fairs -
It soon became apparent that as with most sewing related projects, there's always more than one way to make something.
I really like making zipped bags with square bases, just because it makes them so much 'roomier'. Up until recently I've been making box bottomed bags/purses etc by sewing up the ends as squares, then folding the seams together, measuring, sewing, cutting etc. It's a painfully boring method and takes far too long for my liking! Plus there's the added stress that you have to be quite exact in your measuring...pah! It just wasn't for me.
I've noticed in quite a few tutorials there's another method which involves cutting squares (of equal sizes) from the bottoms of all the squares - I'm probably not explaining this very well, but this is what I mean -
|Pattern from 'Sew Pretty Homestyle' Tone Finnanger|
The first one I made started out as these 2 patchwork squares - gorgeously pastel and vintage -
I then quilted them and turned them into a BEAUTIFUL cosmetic bag! Unfortunately since it's for a gift, I can't actually show you the finished product, but as soon as it hits Dec 26th I will be showing all of my Christmas gift makes!
I was so happy with the results from following this new techniques that I made another.... This time I dug out my Jelly Roll that I won and put together a brighter piece of patchwork. Once quilted and sewn up into a purse, here's how it looks -
It's also fully lined - with no raw seams :)
And then I got an order for one so I got to make another! I was asked specifically for one with pink, purple and blues with a pastel/vintage look. So here's what I came up with -
Of course this one also has some pretty pastel lining -
So, these 3 patchwork, quilted beauties are all spoken for, but just in case you'd like one (to give to someone as an extra special Christmas gift perhaps)...in a colourway of your choice...please get in touch - £12.50 plus £1.00 P&P.
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