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Summer Bags

I’ve been on the make again …

“Summer Blues” patchwork totes … from left to right …

1) Log cabin patchwork tote, worked in recycled denim from an old pair of kids jeans with white vintage linen, and  the central panel from an old tablecloth. Lined with a blue and white check cotton mens shirt.

2) Diamond patchwork tote, worked from an old green and cream check mens shirt and denim jeans for the central panel, lined with a scrap of silk, and with a silver-button embellished pale-green chiffon yo-yo on the front.

3) Log cabin patchwork tote, worked from the border strip of an old tablecloth with the pocket detail from an old pair of jeans as the central panel. Lined with a pale blue cotton mens shirt.

4) Square patchwork tote, worked from recycled denim jeans and the remnant of a pretty blue hula floral cotton, lined with vintage white linen and trimmed with a strip of vintage lace. I think this one is my favourite 🙂

And also … pure fun from a vintage piece of primula upholstery chintz (imagine a sofa in this – :shudder:) picked up with a log cabin border of old khaki drill cargo pants … the lining is a pea-green linen tablecloth.

Raspberries and cream, anyone? Square patchwork from a pair of pale fawn combats and a vintage floral pillowcase … with enough of the pillowcase left to line the inside, too. A strip of vintage edging lace made a cute trim for it, too. Notice the handles? They’re from the hems of the trousers ….

And finally … Chocolate Candy square patchwork … pink corduroy from a pair of old girls jeans, combined with a deep chocolate vintage upholstery fabric with a big, bold cream floral pattern in it. The lining is an old cotton voile I had in stash with an ivy leaf print on it … and the trim was a stash-busting result and just makes it fantastically feminine and totally fun. On second thoughts, maybe this one is my favourite ….

Spring Bags

After spending most of January on the Anthriscus project, it’s down to work with a vengeance now – I’ve got a table at a small local craft fair in May, and Flora Lou needed more stock from me. Bags is what I like ….

1) Primula Tote

This first one is a straightforward tote – recycled denim jeans in a square patchwork design, mixed with a vintage floral chintz upholstery, lined with an old cotton check shirt – the colours just worked perfectly! Fill it up with everything and take it anywhere ….

2) Anemone small tote

Almost a log cabin … the central flower came from my vintage upholstery sample stash, and the outer is recycled canvas drill, the same front and back, lined with the salvageable parts of a pale gold antique linen table cloth. It’s just *so* pretty! I love this … I might make a variation on the design as a cushion cover as well.