After an instructive evening of ripping out stitches, I decided that it's not a suitable machine for accurate piecing for quilts, and so my thoughts turned to bags.
I have a little collection of Echino fabrics. They have their own subsection in my stash. They are so wild and strange, I just adore them. So, this weekend I made a new Super Tote using the Noodlehead pattern. I call it my super loud super tote:
Kalmia in purple as the focal print- because it's a large print that needs that room to breathe, and the lining and the gusset and the straps are all other, older Echino prints. (Good thing I've been stashing them, right?)
Here is another Super Tote using Echino. This one was made by Samantha of Making Life Prettier, just to show that an Echino bag doesn't have to be insanely colorful, if you don't want it to be.
Melissa used Hide in Pink and Purple to make a Camp Stitchalot Bag:
Camp Stitchalot, which only seems appropriate!
Another fun bag I have made using Echino is Noodlehead's 241 tote. We don't sell this pattern, but it is available through Anna Graham's website.
These are older prints; I made this bag a while back, but one of the things I love about Echino is that while the designs change the colors are fairly consistent in each new line. The pink from Echino 2014 is the same pink as that pink Maruco Dot which was from two or three years ago. It certainly make coordinating prints easy!
And of course, we have many other fine bag patterns in our shop as well!
But about the actual making of bags - I use a denim needle when working with this heavy linen blend - but I don't go crazy with it - a 90 is plenty sturdy. I have been sewing them recently using Aurifil 40 weight thread, the 50 weight is a bit thin for the larger needle. I use Pellon Shape Flex as my interfacing of choice. Because it's a woven fabric rather than a pressed fiber mat, it doesn't get those annoying creases that handmade bags can sometimes get. And I always interface my straps, even when it's not explicitly suggested, to keep them from stretching out of shape!
Also I am a firm believer in these Bohn magnetic snaps that Pink Castle carries. They are thinner than every other clasp I have seen out there, which makes them more elegant.
But if Echino is a bit intense for your taste, Ellen Luckett Baker's last three lines for Kokka were printed on the same heavy linen blend substrate - and we still have yardage from a few of these prints in stock!
|Garden bundle - Ellen Luckett Baker|
A few other great substrates for bags, apart from the Linen blend we've been discussing are Oxford (it's a bottom weight fabric, and hence quite sturdy), Canvas (it's the default bag fabric for totes, after all - and, oh, aren't those Cloud 9 prints lovely!), and the catch all category Home Decor.
Here's an amazing Oxford print crying out to be a bag:
|Hungry Kitties in Yellow from Cosmo Textile|