Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Something Pretty : :

Yesterday I set out to make a new drawstring bag for Haila. We have a shared love for floral fabrics, lace, and thrifting, so for her bag I knew I could really go crazy with all the sweet, special details!

A Pretty Bag for Haila

This bag started with a bundle of pretty Fleet & Flourish and Tapestry prints, a pile of narrow strips cut for a herringbone quick quilt as you go patchwork for one side of the bag and a simple qayg stacked stripe for the reverse side.

Fleet & Flourish and Tapestry

Strips for Herringbone

As I pieced the front, I added in little bits from vintage tablecloths we found together at our local consignment shop and lace she helped me pick out at our recent trip to JoAnn Fabrics.

For Something Pretty

Pretty Details

As I sewed she'd pop in and out of the sewing room, not knowing this bag was for her! The added embellishments are my favorite part of making these otherwise simple backpacks, the added extra details are so pretty, perfect for my girl!

Pretty Details

I love using AGF denim for the backpack casing and tabs, and for the lining of this one I tried something new -- my Fleet & Flourish Swifting Flora knit!

Lined with Fleet & Flourish knit

Denim Casing

To finish, I used more of my stash of vintage bias tape stitched closed for the drawstrings and added two, fun tassels Haila & I bought a year ago at a local yard sale!

Drawstring from Vintage Bias Tape

Thrifted Tassel

These bags have quickly become my new favorite quick-sew project, perfect for these busy & HOT Summer days that don't leave much time for sewing!

Bag Back

You can find Fleet & Flourish and Tapestry available at Fat Quarter Shop, Llama Fabrics, and Lady Belle Fabrics!

XO, Maureen


  1. Ah, so that is what bias tape is used for! *grins* I have numerous packets of those from thrifting - now I can put them to good use.



  3. What a sweet and special bag. I'm sure it will be well loved.


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