InstructionsI cut a rectangle of unbleached calico 5 inches by 13 inches, and covered it in offcuts as Peggy Martin describes in the String Quilts chapter of Quick Strip Paper Piecing.
I topstitched all the seams using different embroidery stitches on my sewing machine.
I trimmed the edges to fit my rectangle, then tapered one end in half an inch each side. This tapered end becomes the flap - I ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Victorian / Steampunk, Romantic, Funky, Traditional, Whimsical, Casual
Leftover fabric scraps of quilting cotton, sewing thread, scrap of lace, reclaimed button
What was your inspiration?
I have wanted to try crazy patchwork for a while, but couldn't get my head around how to do it. After watching the String Quilts chapter of Quick Strip Paper Piecing, it all made sense. This is my first try, and it turned out so cute I decided it could be a little purse.
What are you most proud of?
I love how quick and easy this is, and how it uses up all the precious scraps I always save and don't know what to so with - I think I'll be making a lot of crazy patchwork items now!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Not all my topstitching is decorative - this is mostly foundation-pieced, but I realised that topstitching means you don't have to have pieces long enough to reach all the way across the fabric - when a piece is too small, just tuck the raw edges under and topstitch. I think it adds to the victorianesque look, and it meant I could use some really small pieces.