Quilters Bag

       

For quite some time I have wanted a suitable bag to store my cutting mat and various rulers that otherwise end up all over the place and I can’t find them!.  When this course came up at The Bramble Patch, I quickly signed up.  Due to the snow back in February, the original day was postponed so this has only recently been finished.

The design is by Hilary Jackson but the applique on the outside pocket is my own, re-using some sheep from my sheep quilt.

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More pleated bags

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Not wanting to be defeated by my previous attempts, I tackled two more of these little bags from the book ‘Omiyage’ by Kumiko Sudo, with a couple of adjustments to suit me.  I am quite pleased with the results, especially the red one.  They were both gifts, so I still need to make one for me!.

Pleated Bag

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This little bag was difficult to photograph to show the pleated effect of the 3 different materials, particularly at the bottom.  It was also challenging to make up and this one is my second attempt!.  Another example of how straight forward the instructions appear until one tries to actually make it.  Both bags were made as gifts but I hanker after one myself.  Although I bought this as a kit I think I recognise it as a pattern from the book ‘Omiyage’ by Kumiko Sudo.

Elephant Bags

   
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I used to attend a sewing group that ran a twice yearly ‘challenge’ where we were challenged to turn a small amount of provided material into a creation showing at least half of the material.  Oh and the result had to be secret until the day of showing.  

The very first challenge after I joined was a piece of bright pink (very bright!) felt embossed with silver stars.  Strangely I quickly visualised an Elephant and it’s saddle.  Wanting to make something useful I conceived of a bag with an elephant motif.  Well the bag turned out quilted – not that I knew what quilting was then, and I’d never made a bag before!.  I did find creating the elephant’s tail a real challenge, but with thanks to one of my friends, not part of the sewing group, the bag did get finished.  The back and the front have identical elephants, their bodies are in a suede