I wanted to try playing with my fancy machine stitches, so I stitched various stitches in variety of threads and colors. I also couched some yarn too. Both bag exteriors were from the same tie dyed piece of fabric that I had. I chose a different lining and accent color for each bag. Since I was making these bags rather artsy looking, I didn't add the accent strip on the fronts of either bag. I had so much fun using the different stitches and threads. I used cotton, polyester and rayon threads. Some were variegated and some were solid colors. I used a variety of yarn scraps too: wool, eyelash yarn, ladder yarn, ribbon yarn, acrylic, and some blends too. I will be using this technique on more bags and quilts because I had so much fun and am using up some yarn scraps too (although not much yarn is used). I should have taken photos of the fabrics with all the stitches on them before I cut them up and sewed the pieces. Several stitches got mostly or completely cut off, but they still turned out looking great!
|I stitched this bag, with the green accents, making the stitches vertical. This is one side of the bag.|
|This is the other side of the bag. Since the stitches were done vertically, you can see most of the same stitches on both sides of the bag.|
|Here is the side of the bag with the zipper tab tucked in to hold it in place when it's closed.|
|Again, I chose to use fabric for the inside pockets instead of the mesh suggested in the pattern.|
|I left one pocket large and the other one I divided in half with some stitching.|
|The side with the zipper tab tucked in when closed. I used a metal zipper on this bag.|
|Of course I added zipper pulls to both bags. Sorry part of this photo is a touch out of focus.|
|The lining has fabric pockets here too.|
|I also divided one of the inside pockets in half creating a total of 3 inside pockets, like I did with the other bag.|
|Here are both small bags. Even though they are small, they are pretty roomy inside.|
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