This is one of those quick and easy projects. At a quilting retreat last fall someone had a bunch of those fabric sample books. I’m sure you know what I mean. Well, there were several fabrics that were quite heavy material, like upholstery fabrics. So one of those fabric samples and a bit of cotton fabric makes this cute fold down bag. These can be made in any size and out of any fabrics. If your fabric is not stiff enough you can easily add some iron on interfacing so it will stand up by itself. These are great catch-all bags to keep on the bathroom vanity or your dresser. So cute!
This bag pattern comes in 3 sizes. First I made the small size and even though it turned out really cute, it was kind of a pain to get it through the sewing machine.
Then I tried the large size. Wow! This is a large bag. And honestly, it’s almost too big. Is that even possible? I tried to use it as a cosmetic bag, but it got too heavy. I might use it as a sewing project bag or a run around purse.
I do think the medium size will be the perfect size to use as a cosmetic bag or toiletry bag or a purse. This pattern is interesting in the fact that the top zipper binding finishes the top edge and it makes a loop handle on one end. Pretty cool design. And I love the fact that it stands upright all the time and it opens wide enough so you can see everything inside. I can see me making several more of these for myself and maybe as gifts!
And then because I just can’t help myself, I made a smaller zipper bag with the scraps. I mean – what was I supposed to do with them?
Uh oh! Look what happened – I made another pincushion. Sometimes I just can’t help myself.
This time I started with an embroidered hankie. It has my initial ‘W’ already embroidered and I added a few embroidery stitches myself. I also added a ribbon strip on one side to attach some clips. These clips come in handy when sewing and quilting. If you aren’t using these you should really give them a try. They are particularly useful when sewing with plastic and leather or if there are too many layers for a pin to go through. This pincushion is filled with crushed walnut shells. Not only does this give the pincushion some weight (which can also serve as a pattern weight) but it also sharpens your pins. How useful is that?
If you have some hankies or other linens and not sure what to do with them, consider using them for fun things like a pincushion, zipper pouch, or even in quilt blocks.
Here is a t-shirt quilt I made for a high school student. As you can see from this collection of t-shirts he’s quite an active young man. Swimming. Wrestling. Band. Traveling. Cross Country. This quilt holds so many memories for him.
Here is the front of the quilt:
And a picture of the back.
You may notice there are a couple blocks on the back. These are a couple childhood drawings that have been converted to be on fabric. After some discussion his mother we decided it would be best to put these on the back instead of the front. She wanted to keep the blocks, but a person could get beat up by a college roommate or teased mercilessly by a girlfriend if they were on the front of the quilt. So, they are on the back and it looks awesome!
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