I am in love.
I should say.
Ever since I met her fabulous fabrics a couple of years ago I can’t get enough.
Feeling the need for an instant gratification project, I decided to pull some fabric and get to work. Using scraps, from the quilt I made our eldest daughter, I finally whipped up the Sew Together Bag. I created my outer fabric panel using 2 1/2″ squares, with a stripe up the center of tiny scraps. I then quilted it directly to a piece of Quilters Dream Request cotton quilt batting using organic 1/4″ -1/3″ rows. This turned out to be the perfect weight, and body, that this bag needed.
And I did use three very different colored zippers for the interior, green, blue and gray, but for some reason they didn’t photograph accurately. I also chose 7 different fabrics for the interior, part of all those difficult decisions it took to make this one. Looking at the finished product, the most important choices, for the interior, are the outer “leaves”, if you will. The rest you hardly see. You can also see that I didn’t opt to add the wool needle landing pad. Obviously, I should have because my needles have automatically landed in that very spot.
I am so stinking happy to have chosen these fabrics to look at every single night when I am hand quilting. My previous bag was too small and I was constantly pouring everything out to find what I needed. This is perfect for all my needs. I can keep everything organized in different zippered pockets, that when zipped it won’t spill out into my chair. Duh! Marking pens in one pocket, needles in another, thimbles old and older, in the third. Current thimbles, thread, needle-puller and clippers in the outer edges. I am in love!!!
The pattern doesn’t use pictures and doesn’t give as much direction, as even this very experienced sewist would have preferred, but I managed. I did hand-stitch the bindings because as a hand-quilter, I think they look better. I left an open area to attach the end of the zipper tabs and hand stitched them into the seam, also. I couldn’t quite figure out how the pattern developer expected you to do it, so I did it my way.
I’m thinking this bag could be expanded into a really cool travel/toiletry bag. I think I will work on those changes soon.
Have you made one of these Sew Together Bags???
Yet??? Because I think anyone that sews will eventually make a wise decision to go for it.
What are you, or would you, using yours for? Any thoughts, comments or changes for you???