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I started out to make a bag so that I could applique this little stitchery on to it. The stitchery is from a retreat with Rosalie Quinlan and Leanne Beasley held in Nowra (hosted by Jukejema Quilting Barn) and was a practice in satin stitch.

Satin Stitch - Rosalie Quinlan design

So I had the fabric for the bag, chosen to match the variegated threads (Cosmo Seasons) used in the stitchery.

But then procrastination set it!

And stayed for a while!

And then a while longer!

To cut a long period of procrastination short, I ended up using the applique on the front of a journal cover. There’s something quite decadent about a notebook covered in fabric, don’t you think?

Journal Cover

So this journal cover did not use any of the original fabrics (although it did use fabrics from my stash, so that counts for something). I’m loving these muddied/muted colours at the moment.

Well, then there was still the issue of the fabric for a bag!

So I stitched the bag outer.

And the bag lining.

And then I decided that I really, really liked the bag lining and that it should be a bag of its own.

And it is!

Bag with drawstrings

I’ve put a casing and drawstring on it, so I can fill it up or give it a little shape if it’s not so full. I really love the fabrics in this bag.

Bag with drawstrings 2

Egg fabric

But then, what to do with the original bag outer?

Well, make another lining, of course.

bag-brown

So this one also used fabric from my stash (it feels good to use from the stash).

I left the lining sitting up a little at the top to give the look of piping, and then top stitched to keep it in place. I quite like the look of this one.

bag-brown-2

Both bags have been put into service and it’s lovely using fabric instead of plastic when I’m out and about!

What project of yours has evolved into something entirely different?

Or breakfast bag, really.

I’ve been taking my brekkie to work in this same poor old plastic bag for quite a while now, and it’s well and truly served its purpose and is a bit past its prime, so I thought it was time for a change . . .

So my new model is just little and light – no lining or padding – I just wanted something very simple to throw in my bag. It usually holds a small container each of muesli and yoghurt, so it didn’t need to be too big.

I really love the Rural Jardin range of fabrics and this little piece was just right for my bag! Breakfast doesn’t need to be boring, you know . . .

I had this bag, designed to manage fat quarters, I think –  but seriously, is it big enough for that??? It worked well as a project bag, but didn’t look all that thrilling to me.

I had a Bronywn Hayes stitchery which looked lovely, but didn’t really have a home.

So what’s a girl to do?

This is what you get when you combine the two . . .

I covered a thin piece of board and stitched it into the top (clear) lid of the bag. Now I have a safe home for the stitchery and  a great project bag!

How do you use stitcheries in your world?

I found this great tutorial by Pink Penguin on the net for a little fabric basket a while back and thought how cute it was. So . . .

I went ahead and made the little fabric basket . . . which of course would not be complete without a matching pin cushion and needle case and thread catcher! (This thread catcher is made differently to my others – this one is just like a tiny little bag.)

I opted for one piece of fabric for the outside bottom section (rather than pieced) and I added pockets to the inside of mine, which I find quite handy. I toyed with the idea of having handles (like a bag) but in the end went with the original design (basket/side style). And actually they work pretty well for me – after all, it ‘s a bit of a hold-all, not a carry bag. This basket often has the “project of the moment” bits and pieces in it, like embroidery threads etc. It’s just the right size – not too little, not too big.

I had this braid, which I just loved the moment I felt it – so soft and lovely – just waiting for the right project.

All in all, this is one little basket that I find myself using A LOT. And it’s such a cute and quick project to do. It would be great for all sorts of things – a gift bag with sewing stuff inside . . or pretty filled with hair ties for a little girl . . . or in luscious fabrics and filled with chocolates . . . the sky’s the limit really with this one.

What little project has made your world a little brighter?

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Welcome to Sue's World. I'm a wife and a mother to 2 great grown-ups, living in Canberra, Australia.

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