Denim Boro Bag Finishes

By Judith on September 19, 2019
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Our studio in August looked a little bit like a jeans factory, as many pairs of jeans were massacred in the honourable pursuit of making my Boro Denim Bag pattern.



Repurposing projects are among my favourites, and it was exciting to see the ladies’ bags grow in a very organic, non-prescriptive way.


While some of the techniques are the same e.g. ‘quilt as you go’ and measured bag construction, each bag looks uniquely different because of the different denim placements and features used.


Denim Boro Bag Class


Like an archeological dig, there was much excavating through the pile of jeans for pockets, loops, leather labels and interesting design features which were rescued and treasured for embellishing the bags!


Denim Boro Bag class


Doesn’t Glenda looked pleased with her finished bag!


There are a few more bags that are still in the making, but to all my ‘bag ladies’ I’d like to say a big well done on your repurposing and bag making skills!  The variety and creativity you showed in the hand and machine quilting of your bags was inspiring!


If you would like to have a go at your own Denim Boro bag, you can find the pattern here. 


(Newsletter subscribers will have received a 50% off coupon code for this pattern in the Autumn ’19 edition – expires 25th Sept.)


Happy sewing!


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New Pattern Release: Denim Boro Bag

By Judith on July 31, 2019
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I’m excited to share with you my latest bag pattern!


Denim Boro Bag


This is my Denim Boro Bag, created from some ‘denim playtime’ in my sewing room, and crafted into a 5 week class starting today.


Denim Boro Bag


I always love playing with denim on my sewing machine, but I was surprised at how much I also enjoyed the boro/sashiko style hand stitching! (You can read more about my joyful process here.)


And my pattern testers told me they also enjoyed making their bags!  Just check these out….


by Jennifer aka Patchwork Mummy

by Wendy aka Bothybird

by Nicola aka Nicola Foreman Quilts
by Mary aka Handmade by Mary Emmens


(no picture yet from Di aka Willowbeck Designs)


Aren’t they amazing!!  And it’s great to hear that the bags are being used and loved!


A big thank you to my 5 pattern testers for your constructive feedback, comments and support!



And if you would like to have a go at your own Denim Boro Bag, the pattern is available here.


Happy sewing!


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