Three Bags, One Pattern


This is a bag I love using in the summer. I made it out of an old pair of jeans. The machine-embroidered lines create a patchwork effect. The hand-stitched lavender stems add a subtle and elegant decoration. The white lining gives the bag a fresh and bright look.

As the fabric was well-worn jeans, hand embroidery was easy to make, which is not always the case with this fabric. New and thick jeans can be hard on the fingers. I love embroidering lavender and the colors coordinate so well with the faded blue. I always use the chain stitch and the stem stitch. Easy and fast.


All the bags in this post are made from the same pattern I created two years ago. They measure 3 1/2″ x 5″ x 8″. Until now, the pattern was in reality a few lines drawn on a piece of paper with some measurements next to them. I am working on a more professional version of the pattern. I rapidly found out that working on a bag pattern is a lot of work, but I hope to be soon able to offer it to you. In the meantime, I will posts different versions of the bag. And continue to think about a suitable name. Here are two specimens,  looking quite different from the lavender and jeans bag:




They were made with leftover fabric I used for summer clothes. I am always amazed by what we can do with some scraps. Unfortunately, I realised after assembling those two that the fabric was not thick enough to prevent the bags from collapsing. I should have used batting. Well… it was too late. I think they still look pretty, though. I use them to store my in-progress hexagone projects.  When I am in the mood to work on my hexies, I just grab the bag and bring it to a comfortable chair. I stitched by hand the flower appliqués but stitched the decorative lines with my wonderful Janome Quilting/Decor.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my bags that do not have a name yet. Thank you for stopping by!


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White Clutch Tutorial

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Black Clutch Tutorial


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20 thoughts on “Three Bags, One Pattern

  1. Bonjour! Quelles belles sacs, parfait pour l’été! J’adore le détail de la broderie, si délicate! Je les aime tous, mais mon préféré est le denim!
    J’apprécie beaucoup les aimables paroles que vous laissez sur mon blog. Merci pour vos visites doux!
    Je vous souhaite un jour très heureux et un bon repos de la semaine 🙂
    Baisers de Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    • Merci beaucoup! Je crois que plusieurs personnes préfère le sac en denim, moi incluse. Et moi aussi, j’apprécie vos visites. Aller sur votre blog est toujours un plaisir!

    • I don’t read Russian, so I went to Google Translate: “Wonderful handbags! Most of all I liked the lavender! Thank you for participating in the project handmade cafe!”

      Well, thank you! For your compliment and for hosting your handsome link party.

    • You’re right, it’s really nice to have many bags and be able to choose the right one. The more choice, the better. And as I make them from scraps or old clothes, there’s no guilt of having so many. 😉 Thank you for your compliment and your visit!

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