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The Essential Little Bag


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This is another simple, cross body, zipped denim bag. Interest and detail is provided by the lines of hand stitching, on the front and back of the bag. A denim pocket on the back is a useful addition. The bag is fully lined, and this fabric has also been used for appliqued hearts on the front and back.. The brightly coloured zip adds a final flourish, echoing the colour of the lining. Techniques taught include needle turn applique using freezer paper, on top; sewing the zip and lining in at the same time, and boxing the corners to give a nice shape. The little bag will enable you to take just the bare essentials out with you: credit cards; purse; phone; notebook and pencil. I love to be able to carry as little as possible, and when it is in such a stylish bag what more could you ask for! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should be competent using a sewing machine and using rotary cutting equipment. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The finished size is 7 1/2" by 8 1/2 when it is stood on its base

Supplies Needed

  • Three or four different coloured blue pieces of denim from old jeans.
  • Two pieces of soft cotton to make a two layer quilting sandwich
  • A back pocket from recycled jeans

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Di Wells's Pattern Store
Di Wells's Pattern Store
I am passionate about stitching, and an experienced teacher of quilting, design and crafts. I love supporting and helping students to share my passion. When I was growing up, there was always some sewing; spinning; weaving; hand dyeing ;craft making etc., going on around me at home, and I actually made my first dress when I was only 11 years old, with my Mums help, of course! I loved any opportunity to sew and create ideas from then on. I opened a small patchwork supplies business at home, when our family were young, and started teaching patchwork. This grew from a hobby to a career, and I have been teaching for the last 25 years. Now I am putting all those skills into writing clear and detailed patterns for projects. The instructions are supported by photographs at every stage. My selection of patterns is very varied, and will have appeal to a range of abilities, from beginner to the more experienced. They make fantastic presents as well as being great for personal use and enjoyment. All proceeds from selling my patterns will be given to a charity which helps to lift destitute women out of poverty. They are taught to sew and given a second hand sewing machine. You can find out more about me on my website: