HST Drawstring Bag


By Judith on December 6, 2020
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I recently made a load of Flying Geese from some Tilda scraps.  These are going to be borders in a quilt I’m currently working on.

 

 

Because I was working from scraps, I couldn’t use the ‘No Waste’ method to make all of the geese. When making one ‘goose’ at a time, you trim off the corner fabrics as waste.

 

 

Never one to throw away even tiny pieces of delicious fabrics, I sewed them together to make the equivalent of HST (Half Square Triangle) units.  They are only 2.25″ square unfinished!!

 

I already knew what I wanted to do with these cute HSTs!

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

I was inspired by a similar bag by @inghelhoe on Instagram who used similar orphan blocks to decorate her drawstring bags.

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

I had enough HSTs to make a block for the front and the back of the bag!

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

Lush Irish Linen works so well with the soft Tilda tones.  I used more Tilda for the lining (Old Rose – Lucy Teal, avaialable here).

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

Some repurposed denim gives the bag a sturdy and structural base!  And a little leather tab for that personal touch!!

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

The finished bag is 12″ by 11.5″ tall by 5.5″ deep, the perfect knitting or crochet project bag don’t you think!!

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

So the lesson of this practical bag is never throw away your favourite fabric offcuts!!!  You just never know how a little creativity and sewing know-how can transform waste into wonderful!!

 

HSTs Drawstring Bag

 

Happy sewing!

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Sample Swatch Bag


By Judith on June 3, 2019
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My youngest daughter finishes her 14 year school career and turns 18 this month! Where did the time go!

 

She has had one teacher in particular who has nurtured her love of literature and encouraged and inspired her for the last 4 years.

 

So I offered to make her a bag, as a thank you.  I already knew the bag I would make, patchworked and roomy enough to take school files.

 

I had it on good authority that ‘said teacher’s’ favourite colours are black and grey – sadly the 2 colours I have least of in my bag making stash!

 

So I scrounged requested some sample swatches from a generous friend and my vision of a patchwork bag came alive!

 

Sample Swatch Bag (Teacher present) June19
Front

 

My daughter loves the touch of velvets and soft wools so while I quilted some of the swatches, I left some of the more ‘tactile’ ones alone!

 

Sample Swatch Bag (Teacher present)
back

 

I took a risk with the purple lining, but the bag was delivered today and I’m pleased to report ‘she loved it!’  Phew!

 

Sample Swatch Bag (Teacher present) June19

 

Using swatches from (often free) sample books is a great way to make patchwork projects.  Ask in Interiors and Curtain making shops for their last season’s books.

 

Sample Swatch Bag (Teacher present) June19

 

 

However, working with swatches is very different from sewing with cotton.

 

Here are a few things to consider:

    • try to remove all the paper from the back of the swatches
    • use a larger stitch length & walking foot when working with thicker fabrics
    • fuse interfacing to lighter fabrics to give them equal body to thicker ones
    • quilt onto a lightweight flex foam (I used Legacy) to stabilise the mixed fabrics & help absorb the thicker seams
    • ‘stitch in the ditch’ before other quilting
    • use size 90/14 Jeans needle (quilting) and 100/16 Jeans needle (construction)
    • for quilting use upholstery thread (top) and standard quilting thread (bobbin)
    • for construction use upholstery thread (top and bottom)

 

Sample Swatch Bag (Teacher present) June19

 

June is turning into a busy month of present making!  I will have more to show you before the month is out!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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New Class Project: Feb-March ’18


By Judith on February 4, 2018
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Hello everyone!

 

I hope you’ve had a healthy and creative week!

 

My first (half) term of classes are almost through (this is week 5 of 6) so it’s time to announce next (half) term’s class project!

 

 

This is a project for those who not only enjoy a spot of ‘re-purposing’ but also bag construction.  The exterior and lining are reinforced with heavy weight vilene, and the exterior is quilted.

 

 

 

What’s involved?

  • Upcycling your unwanted denim jeans, skirts and shirts (I have a large stash you can avail of!)
  • English Paper Piecing (EPP) – hand sewing the hexies into 2 panels
  • Eyelet Ring handle opening
  • Zippered pocket in the lining
  • Reinforced base

 

And to make it even easier to make this great shopper, I will have part-kits made up of the following:

 

    • 37 hexie papers Sizzix cut and hole punched
    • 37 varied pieces of denim for the hexies
    • 4 sets of eyelet rings
    • 1 metre heavy sew-in vilene
    • comprehensive Just Jude Designs pattern with step by step photos

 

The part-kits are discounted at £13 for those attending the classes.

 

So the only materials you need to bring with you are:

 

    • 0.5 metre cotton for the bag lining
    • 1 fat quarter cotton for zippered pocket lining
    • 8″ plastic zipper

 

Easy peasy!

 

As always, the class project is optional, and I will be announcing class vacancies at the end of this week!  So stay tuned!

 

Happy re-purposing!

 

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