Friday, April 10, 2015

little Patchwork Bags

little patchwork bags

Hello, hello little patchwork bags of cute-and-usefulness! 

little patchwork bags

This week I made 6 drawstring bags, based on the tutorial at In Color Order to give out as NICU thank-you gifts.  These bags are built as one long column of fabric, consisting of the outer bag, the outer contrast (falls at the top of the bag) and the lining.  It's neat how the pattern comes together, simple and effective.

little patchwork bags

I built half of my bags out of string scraps.  This multi-color bag used a bunch of my bright, skinny scraps.  Nice to see them find a home!

little patchwork bags

The pink ombre bag was actually my starting concept.  I thought I'd make a bunch of monochromatic ombre bags, but the super-controlled theme somehow didn't do it for me.  That's ok.  I want to have a variety of styles in this gift collection since I don't have any idea of the color and style preferences of the recipients, given that they were always in uniform.  I plan to invite them to choose their favorites, so I made a few more than I need.  Maybe someone will be drawn to the soft, sweetness of this ombre.

little patchwork bags

My favorite string bag is this purple, gray and dusky blue one, for sure.  The color scheme was developed based on a fabric scrap from Anna Maria Horner's Folk Song collection.

little patchwork bags

In case folks prefer a cleaner look, I made three versions without all the strings.  Tried to keep the color schemes more subdued too, but not sure I managed that...

little patchwork bags

Even without the extra piecing, these are pretty stash-friendly.  I was able to use scraps for the drawstrings and outer contrast fabrics.  The lining and outer main fabrics are mainly from fat quarter cuts that had been languishing in my stash too long.  Especially loved the opportunity to show off that Ikea text scrap.  So pretty against those blue Pearl Bracelets!

little patchwork bags

All in a good days work (or several days work, as the case may be).  Now, what's next?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

21 comments:

  1. How sweet! The nurses will love them.

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  2. Rosemary B here:
    I agree. This is a marvelous gift of appreciation.
    I am sure this whole project brought you a lot of joy. ❤️

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  3. They will be perfect for keeping personal things in their lockers!

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  4. Lovely!!! Perfect for snacks ( or anything) to take to work *says the former L&D/Nursery nurse*

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  5. So pretty & very useful. Sure to be welcome gifts to all who helped you and your family through this time.

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  6. Such a sweet variety! They are sure to be appreciated!!!

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  7. I want to make them for my Eastern Basket next year.

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  8. I love those drawstring bags. I have made several.

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  9. These will surely be appreciated. I like how you channeled your inner gratitude into a handmade gift.

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  10. A beautiful way to say thank you.
    I don't think you will ask what next for too long. ;)

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  11. A beautiful way to say thank you.
    I don't think you will ask what next for too long. ;)

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  12. Sweet bags and a wonderful way to say thank you!

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  13. Love your bags and they are a great way to say thank you. I made several last year when you were having your scrap busters event and I really love making them.

    I know you will be on to something new without much delay. :-)

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  14. Amei conhecer o seu blog!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Visite-me:http://algodaotaodoce.blogspot.com.br/
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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  15. Those are adorable. Great way to thank those in the NICU.

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  16. What a beautiful way to thank the nurses. As a retired nurse I know they will be so appreciated. Many people love the personnel gift over flowers or chocolates. Blessings

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  17. So cute and pretty! Looks like it will be great for gifts. :)

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  18. So lovely and pretty bags. I just found your blog by Bloglovin'. You have so interesting things here. I'm sure I'll come again. regards from Finland / Riitta

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  19. Lovely bags! Such a sweet sentiment of your kindness and gratitude! I'm sure the nurses will appreciate them as much as we do just seeing them. May God bless you each and every day ;)

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  20. What an awesome way to say Thank You. One of my daughters patients 8 year old daughter but made her a bracelet. It was cute. Nurses appreciate gifts whatever they are.

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