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Monday, 31 May 2010

From Tablecloth to Rag Quilt Purse!

I joined Mrs Moen's Tablecloth Challenge whereby we had to change our chosen tablecloth into something else!  Although it didn't have to be something quilting related my transformation did turn out to be just that!

Here's the tablecloth I started with, bought from a charity shop.  It is a beautiful white linen with machine embroidered flowers all over.


I remembered seeing a video tutorial for a little rag bag and once I'd tracked it down again I decided to make one with the tablecloth.  It is a fantastic video from Chic 'n Scratch, so easy to follow and it's here.

Who'd have thought you could make a quilted patchwork bag using your Big Shot!  

 

I didn't have the exact die used in the video, but adapted the scallop tag one I had.  After cutting out all the embroidered pieces from the tablecloth there wasn't enough fabric to complete the bag so I used some pink gingham.



After cutting the pieces out with the big shot I made 19 little fabric sandwiches (with some felt in the middle), and stitched them together as instructed in the video.  So quick and easy to make, the longest part is cutting out all the squares.  

 

If I'd planned it better the embroidered squares wouldn't have been upside down!  Oh well, I think it still looks fine.

As it is a raggedy bag (by design, not accident - lol), the pieces were sewn wrong sides together so all the seams are on the outside.  This means that the inside is all neat and tidy!



As I'm not an experienced sewer by any means I am so pleased with how this bag has turned out. 

 Thanks  Nina Lise (Mrs Moen) for a lovely challenge.

15 comments:

Mrs A. said...

Sherry,
This is lovely. Your sewing is very good. Have faith inyourself. Got me worried now. I haven't started mine yet but plan on getting it done today. Ha Ha!
My idea is pretty pants compared to yours. Worked out how to do the flickr upload and have posted your pretty pockets on the group account.

Daydream Retreat said...

Very cute, definitely doesn't look like work of an unexperienced sewer :)

Jan said...

Sherry, you are SO clever! This is just dreamy and all it needs now is to be filled with cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and a bottle of champagne and for you and John to take yourselves off with a blanket for a summer picnic (weather permitting of course!)

Belinda said...

Oh Sherry How absolutely adorable is this little bag. My girls would love something like this so I might have to give one a go myself if you don't mind ;) Belinda

Faye said...

Wow, your project is totally stunning, as is all your work. x

Laurie said...

You did a great job!

dosfishes said...

Looks great, what a lovely summer purse!

Mrs Moen said...

I absolutley love it, Sherry, it's adorable! You did very well indeed on your sewing project; isn't it great to stretch that comfort zone?
Thanks for joining in on the Table Cloth Challenge!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Sherry,
This is so stinkin' cute! Love it!

Poppyprint said...

super cute! Way to go trying something new.

Deborah said...

Lovely! how clever!

Lynn Stevens said...

How cute! I Love your little purse!

Gez said...

Very clever. How can something so beautiful come from a charity shop tablecloth. Amazing! Your sewing looks so neat. What patience you must have. :)
Wishing you a lovely Sunday. Gez.xx

pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh how cute! I love those little flowers with the checks, very sweet :o)p

Noreen said...

I love the combination you used to put the squares together. A nice choice and a pretty bag.