Sample Swatch Bag

By Judith
 on June 3, 2021

Hi everyone!

I hope you are getting some beautiful sunny weather in your corner of the world.

I haven't been doing much sewing lately as I'm trying to sell my house and find somewhere to live closer to my parents.

But I did enjoy a lovely afternoon sewing with a friend recently (now that we're allowed to meet up inside again!) and I was able to progress a bag I had started for my mum's friend.

I started with a fabric pull of free sample swatches and curtain and linen offcuts. From there I narrowed down the fabrics and added in a little worn denim (ah, I can't resist the denim!).

I quilted the exterior panels onto heavy sew-in interfacing, using simple 1.5" vertical lines (the quilting bar was really helpful here!).

The heavy weight linen lining includes a zippered pocket and I chose faced binding to finish the top edge.

I love the simplicity of leather handles on tote bags, and enjoyed putting my newly purchased Rivet Hand Press to good use here (I purchased this one). The hand press made light work of riveting through the thicker textiles and makes the handles really secure.

I'm really pleased with how this bag has turned out, made from mainly repurposed (and free!) textiles. Fingers crossed the recipient likes it too!

Happy repurposing!

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2 comments on “Sample Swatch Bag”

  1. I love this bag. You have done a wonderful job. I love it for it shape and design but also for the repurposing you have done. Do you have a pattern or will you be making a pattern? I am very interested in the facing binding.

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