Welcome to Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour
When I was invited to participate in Amy Barickman’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour, I jumped at the chance to make the Thrifted Fashion bag incorporating the current hot trend of burlap and satin. After pondering the properties of burlap and satin, I settled on a nubby canvas that would simulate the look of burlap but provide a more stable base for embroidery. Fortunately, I had a great fabric in my stash with ink-stamped designs on one side and a plain weave on the other. Since satin is my least favorite fabric to embroider on, I ditched the satin idea and went with embroidered lace.
Indygo Junction’s version is a multi-paneled purse that’s perfect for incorporating repurposed fabrics like men’s ties or suiting. With clever placement, you can position the men’s pant pockets or jacket pocket on the front panel. Mix and match thrifted ties to make a one-of a-kind bag. Or, showcase some of your favorite fabrics with matching coordinates. The center panel of the purse is especially suited for creative embroidery designs such as monogramming or just leaving it simple with a contrasting fabric. This pattern offers endless design solutions. The Thrifted Fashion Bag also has inside pockets and convenient double handles.
What I love about this pattern is the soft feminine pleats that provide fullness and shape. Of course, I had to change a few things. First, I added a monogrammed pocket. Whenever I use a purse with a monogrammed pocket, I feel so spoiled! So go ahead treat yourself and take an extra 15 minutes to monogram the pocket before sewing it to the lining.
Next, I wanted to use some purchased handles I had in my stash. They are made of a stiff nylon and will keep their stand-at-attention shape over the course of time. I love that – no scrambling for floppy handles. But how to attach them? They are short so I didn’t want to sew them into the bottom of the band as instructed by the pattern. I reshaped the band with a dip in the middle and then embroidered the handles to the band. I learned this trick when I created Designer Handbags with Nancy Zieman and the design will be a free download in Designs in Machine Embroidery’s September/October 2012 issue. Look for instructions in the magazine for downloading in late August.
You’ll also find complete instructions for my version of the Thrifted Fashion Bag in the upcoming September/October issue. You’ll learn how to embroider the lace, add the center trim, reshape the band, embroider the handles (precisely placed, no less!), and complete the bag. Reserve your copy today.
If you want to get a jump on the materials, click here to purchase the Thrifted Fashion bag pattern and you’ll enjoy 20% off your order from Indygo Junction! Use code PBBT3 at the checkout.
The lace embroidery designs are from http://www.embroideryonline.com. Search for designs NX959, the monogram frame and NX961, the half circle. You’ll need two 10” x 20” pieces of fabric, lining and batting for the bag bottom and one 24” x 4” strip of band and facing fabric each. I used one 24” x 3” strip of one-sided fusible Peltex for the band stiffener. So gather these items over the next few weeks and you’ll be ready to make your Thrifted Fashion Bag. Make sure to purchase your pattern before July 13 to take advantage of the 20% savings.
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