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Patchwork tote

We all know about the evils of plastic bags … aside from their inherent ugliness, and the fact that they cut into your hands something beastly when they’re full, the environmental impact outweighs all of these by some distance. Their manufacture is carbon intensive, they take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill, and they’re a menace to flora and fauna if dropped and left to blow around the place.

How about an attractive alternative?

Patchworked from reclaimed denim and corduroy jeans, this tote is a monochrome dream with a flash of purple to lift it out of sombre winter dullness … purple silk trim around the top and on the handles, and an abstract machine-embroidered floral design to complement the colour.







I’ve left pocket details from the original garments on each end of the bag … handy little receptacles for phones, keys, and the other small but vital bits and pieces that inevitably sink to the bottom of big bags!

It’s lined in a sturdy black cotton … I love the way the purple embroidery really pops colour on the black … and it makes the bag reversible, should you fancy a change of mood.

But would you want to, with these gorgeous, sweetly patterned, appliqued cotton jersey roses on the outside?

And look … another pocket on the front …

I love this bag … it’s costing me a real pang to part with it! But it’s available right now in my Etsy shop – a completely unique, one of a kind bag that’s practical, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Grandmothers Flower Garden … part 2

So, with the piecing all finished and the basting removed, I’m pretty happy with my little hexagon block 🙂

now for some quilting …. a nice thick sandwich of wadding, and the cream fabric I’ve used in the block as the backing, and it’s onto the machine.

I don’t often machine quilt, but for these blocks it seems a practical and natural way to go about it. I use safety pins to hold the layers together – much less likely to slip out, and much less likely to prong myself mid-stitching. I’ve kept the quilting simple again, just running around the outline of the rosette rings … using crimson thread, just for a flash of contrast colour in those neutral creams and golds and coppers …

but with a cream thread on the bobbin …. for those that like seeing what lies beneath 🙂

and there’s the back of the finished  cushion … binding is done in a cream satin ribbon, and the backing is a double layer of the cream fabric I used in the block … I like to double up the fabric, partly because it takes a buttonhole much, much better on a double layer of fabric, and partly because I like the insides of my cushions to look as nice as the outside, so they’re lined.

And because this one ended up being sold before it was even finished (funny how serendipity works that way sometimes), I customised it with a little hand embroidery on the front ….

modern country cushion - hexagon patchwork

It looks so lovely and plump with its inner cushion pad inserted! Happy birthday Ann – I hope you enjoy this cushion as much as I enjoyed making it.

And …. if you want a cushion like this, then check what’s in stock over at my Etsy shop or for a bespoke cushion, please do get in touch