We featured a project with Janome show & tell techniques + Janome feet and accessories earlier this month on 30th October – our Colour of the year green charm square tote & matching zipper baggie. Find the post here if you missed it.
I mentioned that I had gone a little crazy buying charm squares a few years back. Well it seems that 2017 may be the year for using up these charm packs?! I spent some most pleasurable hours sewing during the summer and have a few new totes/hand bags for my travels which kicked off with the Edmonton sewing show: Creatival Festival West.
As I sat happily sewing in my newly organize and set up sewing room, the thought did occur to me that patchwork charm square bags are probably not everyone’s cup of tea. The fact is I love this look and really do not care a toss if people look at me in airports and wonder why I am carrying such a bold and embellished patchwork bag around with me. So I will cheerfully sally forth with one of my creations on my arm this Fall! However, if your taste runs to the more subdued or office/chic look, then you are more than welcome to choose different fabrics and colours. What about leather or pleather? or even try out the cork fabric I found at the Edmonton show and have already embroidered on & sewed up into another tote bag (more later).
I chose to add grommets, caribiners and a D ring for my handles/straps on this bag. And the buttons at corners of the charm squares was omitted……why? because I did not have suitable blue buttons. But I will keep looking and I can always add these later.