Scallop Square bag

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am someone who does not sew. I love handmade items (that goes without saying- right?) and I admire those who can sew! I just lack the ‘know-how’ and the talent to achieve that gorgeous end product.

I did some sewing in home economics at high school and the only thing I remember making was a mint green camisole complete with slippery fabric, fine detailed lace, ‘spaghetti straps’ and french seams.  That in itself is enough to turn a beginner right off sewing for life…… I am reluctant to sew buttons back on as I’m too concerned they won’t stay put and I would rather have my pants too long than attempt to hem them myself.  Even the whir of the sewing machine gives me flashbacks to that mint green fabric……  So you can imagine just how excited I was that I actually made something with fabric using a sewing machine!

I made use of the fabric from page 140 of the main catalogue.  We currently have 6 different fabrics available (5 in the main catalogue and one on the mini catalogue) I used “Deck the Halls” (121716).  The pack includes three pieces of co-ordinating fabric in an extra wide fat quarter for only $19.95

Are you ready to see the little fabric project  I made !?……………………. Here you go!

Again- thanks to Stampin’ Up! products I managed to make something that doesn’t look like a complete ‘dog’s breakfast’.  It may not be much- but I made it with my own two hands and a real sewing machine!

Using the Scallop square die and the bigshot I cut out a total of 28 squares to make my project.  You can easily cut through at least 8 layers of fabric in one pass using the bigshot and the scallop square die.

I then made use of the smaller scallop square die to cut out 14 smaller scallop squares out of cotton wadding.  I placed the cotton wadding between two pieces of SU fabric and used the sewing machine to sew a cross in the centre of each piece.  It was simply a matter of attaching the pieces together.  The beauty of this type of project is that it is supposed to look shaggy so it disguises my crooked sewing!

You could obviously use more squares and make this bag larger and add pockets, a flap, buttons or clasps or any of those other things that people who actually know how to sew can do!  I wasn’t worried about making mine all fancy- I’m just glad that mine didn’t fall apart when I put it in the washing machine!

If I can interest you in any of the fabric from Stampin’ Up! or you’d like to order a scallop square die to make a bag similar to this OR perhaps even a shaggy quilt then please do not hesitate to contact me to place your order!  miriamthomas@westnet.com.au 0419 947 047

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