Created by: Shoestring
Project

Turquoise Bag with Ear Bud Port

What are you most proud of? I constructed this bag with outdoor upholstery fabric--mainly because I like the color and large pattern design. I used free motion quilting with a 3 layer sandwich of exterior fabric, polar fleece batting, and interior fabric layer. I stitched around the flower designs wiggling the stitch back and forth (because it looks better than trying to precisely outline a flower. The single stitch wasn't pronounced and was lost in the stiffness of the fabric. I set my zig zag to satin stitch 3.2 stitch width, 04 stitch length. The Turquoise satin stitch looked good--especially in the centers of the flowers, and repeated as satin stitch to secure the ear bud port (hole) upper right. The big payoff was the effect of the satin stitches on the interior fabric. Oooo--cool. Handmade polymer beads decorate a bracelet zipper pull. The bag has detachable carrying straps and wristlet strap. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I hope you try my idea of the ear bud port in your next bag. Big sure to eat your spinach, and borrow your husband's heavy duty hammer when trying to install the oversized eyelets. Watch your fingers-- Or, take the easier route and satin stitch around the ear bud port, and make it a decorative feature! Ha. Ha.

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Shoestring made Turquoise Bag with Ear Bud Port with:

  • Turquoise /Blue Flower Fabric Exterior
  • Indigo/White Interior (both are outdoor upholstery fabrics). Turquoise zipper
  • Metal Wristlet connector hardware

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I constructed this bag with outdoor upholstery fabric--mainly because I like the color and large pattern design. I used free motion quilting with a 3 layer sandwich of exterior fabric, polar fleece batting, and interior fabric layer. I stitched around the flower designs wiggling the stitch back and forth (because it looks better than trying to precisely outline a flower. The single stitch wasn't pronounced and was lost in the stiffness of the fabric. I set my zig zag to satin stitch 3.2 stitch width, 04 stitch length. The Turquoise satin stitch looked good--especially in the centers of the flowers, and repeated as satin stitch to secure the ear bud port (hole) upper right. The big payoff was the effect of the satin stitches on the interior fabric. Oooo--cool. Handmade polymer beads decorate a bracelet zipper pull. The bag has detachable carrying straps and wristlet strap. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I hope you try my idea of the ear bud port in your next bag. Big sure to eat your spinach, and borrow your husband's heavy duty hammer when trying to install the oversized eyelets. Watch your fingers-- Or, take the easier route and satin stitch around the ear bud port, and make it a decorative feature! Ha. Ha.

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Beginner