I decided, back in early November of last year, that 2020 would be a stash-busting year. I’ve made a little “rule” for myself . . . that all crafting this year, be it knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, sewing or patchworking, must be done with stash. The only “loop” I’m allowing myself is, if ever there’s an imperative need to buy something specific to finish off a project (ie wadding if I run out for quilting, or maybe a knitting pattern for my healthy yarn stash). With this in mine, I spent some time doing a quick stock-take of fabrics in my stash, and came across some printed cushion panels that I’ve had in my drawers for about 10 years. Bought, I imagine, with the idea of making cushion covers, but then forgotten about.
Anyhoot – those were the first fabric pieces I decided to use this year. But not to make cushions. Instead, they inspired me to make bags.
I always have a fold away fabric shopping bag, about my person, when I go out. Shops don’t give free plastic bags anymore (and haven’t done for years) so a fabric bag always comes in very handy, not to mention being “green”. With these two panels, I used a mottled beige fabric for the back panel (same as straps).
And, because I wanted them to be foldable, I used the extra strip from panels (with small kitten heads) to make a “cuff” so that bag can be folded, and kept folded. However, I also wanted to make sure the “cuff” doesn’t go missing when the bag is in use so . . .
I sewed a button inside one of the straps . . . and the cuff can be attached to that, because I’ve put 2 buttons & button holes on each cuff!
These first two bags, I sewed as simple squares – not wanting to give bag a boxy bottom because it would have meant losing the kitten prints in corners. However . . . I had some more cushion panels that I quickly sewed together.
These have boxy bottoms, and both sides of each bag have the same cat panel. Again, there was a small strip of fabric from which I was able to make a “cuff”. So both can be folded and made into a very nifty pocket size.
Here’s a zoom on the Siamese “cuff”, with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons for fastening.
And I didn’t stop there! I also pulled out some leftover fabric from clothes making . . .
and made two more bags using some very large scraps of feather fabric.
I don’t seem to have made much of a dent in my stash for the moment, but it’s early days!