Sunday, 17 April 2011
Japanese folded bag - my first bag!
The 'bag making evolution' began with a class that I went to in Sutton Coldfield. Rachel showed us how to sew a 'stained glass' piece of fabric approx 54" x 22". It was then quilted using wadding & a lining fabric. Finished piece was then folded & made it a bag. I used purple batik fabric & black for the edging of the panel.
Stained glass technique: We started with 12" squares in four designs. Stack up the layers, slash then mix n match :) add black bias strip & then slash again in the opposite direction.Then this was folded so the joins are diagonal. no join on the base of the bag. If you study the photo, you can make out the 12" squares.
The class was held at the Trinity Centre in Sutton Coldfield. I finished the top of the quilted on the day, then added wadding & backing at home :) I did complete the bag as promised to Rachel.
The finished bag hung on a door handles for months before I used it. The colours looked so nice together & I didn't want to ruin it! by using it!!! I was so proud about how it turned out. But then once I stated using it - I did so daily :) I've had to replace the strap once, it needs attention again.
Currently, this bag is retired :)