My daughter needed a secret Santa gift for a female work colleague so I offered to make her a pouch!
With no information about the likes or dislikes of the recipient, I had free reign to come up with whatever I wanted! Yay! Let the playtime commence!
I had recently been pinning some mixed textile pouches on Pinterest with sashiko and boro stitching, and loved how cohesive they looked, despite the variety of patches and textures!
So I thought I’d have a go and see where this organic process would take me!
You already know I love recycling textiles and I also love mixing my textiles. Here I have used repurposed jeans with lush Italian wool, Irish linen & jersy suiting, ditsy and vintage cottons with sample book tweed.
I didn’t want a particularly ‘quilted’ look to this pouch but knew I needed to stabilise all the different fabrics. So I quilted in the ditches onto wadding and heavy sew-in vilene.
I then boro quilted over 2 bondawebbed patches, giving the pouch a relaxed Japanese feel.
The addition of fusible lightweight stabiliser to the lining enhances the structure and body of the clutch. It feels substantial and very tactile!
I had a lot of fun re-imagining the textiles for this clutch! Even the duffle coat button and leather tab & label are recycled!!
I will definitely make another!
In the meantime, I’ve got everything crossed that the recipient loves her foldover clutch as much as I do!!
This week in The Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making Dresdens!
During the 1920’s and 30’s, Dresden, Germany produced porcelain plates decorated with elaborate designs using flowers, fruits and foliage. These plates became the inspiration for the Dresden Plate quilt block throughout Europe and beyond. While some Dresden blades can have smooth ends, often the blades are finished with a point or curve.
Typically dresden blocks have even numbered blades. We are making a large 12 bladed dresden for our sampler quilt, but you can make them any size and get creative with how they are pieced and finished.