Crazy Patch Purse

Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • Leftover fabric scraps of quilting cotton
  • sewing thread
  • scrap of lace
  • reclaimed button

Q&A with A.A.

TINA_NEL1313724 asked:
A.A. answered:
It doesn't really have a pattern, but this is how I recall doing it... 1) cut a bunch of different-width strips from scraps and a calico/muslin foundation (which will be visible as the lining, so you could pick something colourful) approximately 5" x 14". 2) Cover the foundation with scraps using the method described in the course video. This link has similar instructions: Use your machine's embroidery stitches to topstitch over seams too. 3) Trim the block back to a neat rectangle. 4) Measure and mark the block in thirds (front, back, flap). 5) I cut the flap about 1/2" shorter and tapered the corners inward about 3/4", then finished the edges of the flap with lace and a zigzag stitch - it would be neater to use bias binding or a really close overlock stitch, or you could fold and make hems, 6) Finish the opposite end (top edge of inside/under flap) as you did for the flap. 7) Sew the side seams (front & back, not flap)
karjacks1707715971 asked:
can I buy this kit
A.A. answered:
I didn't make it from a kit, just random scraps. If you don't currently have a collection of scraps, either put a bag in your craft space and start collecting, or try your local thrift shops and craft shops - sometimes they have bags of mixed oddments. I'm in Australia, so unless you're nearby, the postage on me sending you something would be insane. I find scrap-hoarding to be fun, though, so I hope you will, too.