Wednesday, May 13, 2015

slouchy Mexico bag

So, that was a lot of itty bitty pieces...

slouchy Mexico bag

But the pay off is pretty sweet!  I'm crushing on Jolene's Mexico patchwork pattern big time.  A throw quilt definitely needs to happen before I can move on!  The throw uses larger pieces, so it won't take much more time than this did.

slouchy Mexico bag

I decided to turn my patchwork into a slouchy bag again.  Here's how I work with the pattern pieces from this free bag tutorial.  First I make patchwork, just exactly as my heart desires.  Next, I frame the patchwork with Essex Linen for a neutral surround that's wide enough for the pattern pieces.  Below you can see how I've cut the pattern apart so that I can use it for bags of various lengths.  Once I have cut my first purse-shape, I cut the rest to match.  From there, just follow the tutorial.  I promise it's easy!

slouchy Mexico bag

This time I followed the bottom edge curve of the pattern.  I'm liking the subtle shape it created.  And I'm also glad I added Essex at the bottom this time.  All together... it's a hit!

slouchy Mexico bag

And with a happy, summery lining in an Anna Maria Horner, Pretty Potent print!

slouchy Mexico bag

slouchy Mexico bag

Gah, I'll be sad to see this one go!  But, I trust it will be well-loved by a fellow patchwork fiend.  And there's always the next bag...


17 comments:

  1. I love the colors on this one !!

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  2. This is really nice.... Great patchwork choice for a bag...

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  3. Love the patchwork and colors! I bet it was hard to let this one go, it's so pretty! Looking forward to seeing what else you do with this pattern. :)

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  4. Love this! Your friend is a lucky gal.

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  5. This is such a great idea. I love the cool piecing and colors, yay
    what a lovely gift!

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  6. Love it! Love the pattern, love the colors, love the bag!!

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  7. Love it! The colours are fab!!

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  8. Love it! Love the colors and design of the bag!

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  9. The colours in this bag makes me happy. So beautiful bag.

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  10. Seriously ... you need to keep this one! (um, just ignore my blog name lol!)

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  11. This one is definitely a winner. Love the lining, too.

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  12. Perfect for summer!
    My youngest son informed me this week that he needs a new library bag since his is too little (it really is). I wish this pattern would work, cause I really want to try it.

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