Once I started, it was hard to stop. In fact, I have held this post so as not to bore you, dear reader. I have so many higher priorities, but somehow bags are simple and satisfying and so is using up all those scraps… I found this Marimekko print in an op shop one day going for a song. I knew it would come in handy and one day I realised that I had a friend whose favourite colours seemed to be orange and pink… and whose beloved mother had cherished Marimekko. I am guessing she would have especially loved the Marimekko prints of this period. So I made my friend a shirt. There was guesswork involved for it to be surprise, but it worked out really well. And this is the very last of that fabric!
And here are a pile of the blue and purple scraps. Parts of recycled garments. Leftovers from sewing new garments. The hem of some pants I must have taken up for someone. Pieces leftover from a quilt made years ago. Oddments of lovely prints. Strips of sheeting or quilt covering bought as offcuts. Out of the stash and out to new homes at last!
Leftovers from a quilt. Op shop offcuts. Parts of a skirt.
Op shop find.
Inherited fabrics and sheet offcuts.
Then I found a piece of patchwork created from many small pieces cut to create quilt blocks. Clearly I couldn’t bear to waste them and made crazy patchwork .
I had to fully line these bags to manage all the seams on the inside.
Batik scraps. The better part of these sarongs was turned into two shirts and a pair of pants. And another bag…!
And finally, all that remains of a blue print from so many other bag projects, and at last… a bag using the print that started this bag jag. It’s the top half of that bag on the right, and a fine strip in the middle as well. One came wrapped around a birthday present and the other was tied around it as a ribbon. Perfect. Finally, I put all the fabrics back in the cupboard and vacuumed the floor (cutting out so many pieces had made rather a shower of threads and fluff), And hoped that might back of the bag thing for a while. Or until next time.