Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Rag Quilt Bag

Something a little different from me today! I was recently searching for some fabric when I stumbled across a wonderful Aladdin's Cave, Terrys Fabrics, their selection is absolutely amazing and their service is also fantastic.
I recently also purchased a sewing machine, solely for the purpose of adding machine stitching to my cards which I love. However, this weekend I decided to challenge myself to try something a little different. My sewing skills are extremely limited but I wanted a challenge and also to just have some fun with my sewing machine.
The two fabrics I have used for my bag are the Postcard Curtain Fabric Natural and Geisha Curtain Fabric Graphite. I chose these fabrics as I thought they would also work beautifully on cards, canvases and tags too.
I added machine stitching to each square and also cut into the seams, without cutting the machine stitching to give the rag quilt appearance.
I have also added a coordinated button to each bag to act as a fastener.
The bird images combined with the text and postcard images really appealed to me in these fabrics and I also love the natural tones too.
Terrys also have an Interior Design Blog should you wish to pop and take a look.
Suzie Newton was a great help and delivery was fantastic.
I will probably use these as an alternative to a gift bag for a special birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Tracy x x



24 comments:

Hilary Smith said...

these are fabulous, I'd be more than happy to have one as a gift.Someone is going to be a very happy bunny when they receive one of these
Hugs
Hilary x

Ephemera said...

These are fabulous and beautifully stitched! I bought my sewing machine solely to stitch on cards too and now I'm addicted & sew everyday and rarely make cards so be warned LOL. X

Suzanne C said...

LOVE!!!

Cathi ONeill said...

Um...I thought you said you didnt sew lol!! Brilliant bags!! Love those fabrics too!!

Paula Whittaker said...

I cant believe you tackled something like this if you have limited sewing skills - you've certainly blown me away. Loving your choice of fabrics.

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous bags - lovely fabrics and I like the shabby chic style. If you hadn't said your sewing skills were limited I would never have guessed - these are amazing! I, too, have just discovered Terry's Fabrics and have an order winging it's way to me now. Oh, and I have the postcard fabric earmarked on my wish list too. Elizabeth xx

Ivory Moon said...

Ooooo these are gorgeous Tracy .... Love that fabric

Xxxx
Tina xxx

Sue said...

These are a bit of a dfferent thing for you and they came out really well.....great idea to use them as gift bags:)

Dawn said...

Think you have done a lovely job Tracy. I have to agree the fabric is just too yummy!

Helen said...

gorgeous bags, i love them!

Gabrielle said...

Ooh! I'd be chuffed to get one of these as a gift, never mind as a gift bag!!! They are awesome!

Carol Q said...

I think these are fab Tracy and what a gorgeous fabric you used.

Doreen said...

Love these bags Tracey,I have been making a few rag quilts lately for the family.xxx

Terry said...

Tracy, these handbags are stunning and I love those birds and the quilted pattern! Sewing was one of my first loves and I have not touched my machines in years! Are you thinking of taking some sewing classes?

Annie said...

Love your bags Tracy :-) stunning fabric and what a wonderful way to receive a gift

Best wishes
Annie x

Kim Robertson said...

Tracy these are simply amazing and I wants haha.. you clever clever girl.. not good at sewing.. poppycock lol well done hun xxx

Fleur said...

Oh WOW, absolutely STUNNING
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, what gorgeous bags! Love the fabric and your design is wonderful. Have just bought some fabric myself to make a bag but doubt that it will look anything like as good as yours! Hugs, Anne x

Marjie Kemper said...

Saw these on FB last night, Tracy... they are gorgeous!!

Barb Cady said...

Superb Tracy, what do you mean you're not a sewer? They are very professional, great stuff. X

Marci said...

Really pretty bags,anyone would be happy with. Like the fabrics you and chose.

butterfly said...

Wow - you've created two absolutely beautiful bags, Tracy. The fabric is wonderful, but also the texture from the patchwork stitching and the lovely shabby chic edgings... it all works brilliantly. Fabulous inspiration - I just wish sewing machines and I got on better!
Alison xx

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Tracy,WOW, you have conquered the sewing, the bags are gorgeous, love the material, all the string all over they are fantastic, love the birds, excellent job Missy, thanks for sharing..

Lynn Stevens said...

So sweet, what great bags and awesome fabric!!