Friday, May 8, 2015

slouchy Hourglass bag

 slouchy Hourglass bag

Well hello there, you sexy, slouchy Hourglass bag!  Sorry that I ever doubted you would turn out well.  My goodness, looks like you want to stay, flaunting your matching-my-space so beguilingly.   But, no, I will resist.  You belong to another.

slouchy Hourglass bag

Tempted to make your own?  Do it!  This tutorial was easy enough to follow and to modify.  I made the body of the bag longer so that it would contain my patchwork square.  Be sure to cut the lining to the same size as your outer, and it'll all come together nicely!  The only tricky part is pulling the bag right side out through the smallish handle openings.  After that, you just sew the handles together and topstitch to finish!  There's no interfacing or quilting necessary, which is just what I wanted - a quick, no-fuss finish.

slouchy Hourglass bag

I did have trouble deciding whether to add the Essex Indigo yarn dyed linen to the bottom of the patchwork square as well as to the sides.  I decided to leave it off the bottom, allowing the curve of the bag to cut into the patchwork a bit.  I think it's fine, but I wish I could see it both ways.  I feared that making the bag even longer would throw off the proportions.

slouchy Hourglass bag


Ok, I'm going to have to do this again!  What a quick, no-fuss way to show off some patchwork.

Patchwork, patchwork for everyone!

p.s.  Curtain rods make great storage for quilt backs or tops awaiting your attention.  Keeps them on the mind.  I hope to begin quilting my Ice Parfait quilt this weekend.  Everyone have a good one!

10 comments:

  1. Another one for my project list :)

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  2. What an adorable bag! I should make one for my sister. She loves bags like this.
    I cannot use them because I lose stuff in those bags. I basically use file cabinets with handles
    Excellent idea about curtain rods.
    I have two tension rods in my laundry room. I hang a lot of things on those, using clippy hangers (heehee) okay and sometimes I hang those clippy hangers on the curtain rods in my sewing room.
    Happy Mother's Day Dear Rachel. I hope you have a perfect week-end

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  3. I love it! It showcases the hourglasses so well, you did a great job. And if I had curtain rods, I'm sure I would be storing quilt things on it as well, it keeps them off the floor and ironing board! Hope you have a Happy Mother's Day!

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  4. I find your projects so inspirational. Thanks, Rachel.

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  5. Such a wonderful bag, love the idea of using hourglass blocks!

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  6. It looks great. I love bag making so might give this a go. x

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  7. It is not my style of bag but It seems to accomodate a lot of things. Maybe I need to change my style ;)

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  8. you always add to my project list! ;)

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