I have had a love affair with Stitch Magazine for a while now, but I never knew when I would find the next one since it's quarterly and only available on Newsstands. Imagine my delight when I recently discovered "stitch" now has an Auto-Ship program you can sign up for! Of course I immediately signed up and have already received my first issue!
This made me remember a past issue with a bag on the cover I have wanted to make for a while now, using different small strips of favorite fabric embellishment. I decided to use some of my stash of fabric selvedges I have been saving.
I started with a piece of Osnaburg Fabric larger than the dimension I needed. I overlapped the outside edge over the raw edge of each selvedge strip staggering the lengths, leaving the ends unstitched. When I cut it down to size I realized I trimmed it a little short, so I took the end I cut off, turned it around and stitched to the other side, creating an additional design element. I love happy mistakes!
As I have said before, I save everything, so from another project I had this flower and leaves left over from Silk Dupioni and piece of fabric painted with Shiva Paintsticks. Adding more selvedge pieces I then appliqued the flower and leaves to the other side of the bag.
The piece trimmed off the bottom worked well as part of the handle.
Next the bottom pieces were added, rows of stitching the width of the presser foot are added for a great detail and durability. I love the way it looks!
Buttons for embellishment were added on the handle and the back.
This was a fun, quick project, and a great little bag I really enjoy using. It's the perfect size if you just have a few extra things to carry that won't fit in your handbag. I use it to carry my iPad along with a magazine and notebook for sketching when I know I will be going somewhere I'll be waiting!
If you are a fan of Stitch Magazine I highly recommend signing up for the Auto-Ship program!