I selected some leftover bits from my scrap box in mostly pinks and purples. I love it that even the small pieces are useful in this technique - some of my bits are only about 2 inches square. Here are the two panels I created:
On both my panels, I decided to use pieces of the printed selvage. The first one says "Field Study No. 2" -
And on the other side, I decided to keep the feathered edge on the outside. When I showed the finished bag to Hubby, he said that was his favorite detail. It's mine too :-)
And here is how the quilting looks from the back. The bits of fabric are quilted directly onto a layer of batting with a backing. My backing is a heavier muslin.
To make my bag, I roughly followed the directions for the Style B bag from Elizabeth Hartman's Perfect Zip Bags pattern. However, I changed my dimensions and the inside pockets based on how I wanted my bag to be. After my panels were quilted, I cut them to 10.5" x 7". On one side of the lining I sewed a 2-slot card pocket, and on the other side I made a single pocket. I'm proud of myself that I thought about what kind of pockets and strap I wanted before starting, and then did all the maths to figure them out. I usually just delve in, and then have to make corrections later, or get an outcome I'm not happy with!
For my strap, I decided I wanted a D-ring at the side, but a swivel clasp that could be connected either to the D-ring or the zipper pull. About a month ago I ordered a bunch of swivel clasps from this Etsy vendor, and D-rings from this one. The swivel clasps aren't that easy to track down, because they go by a lot of different names! Now I have plenty to last me a while :-)
My finished bag measures about 9.5" x 6", and is quite sturdy.
And here's the finished bag from each side:
And the pockets on the inside:
Can you tell I love my new bag? This one has room for a packet of tissues and a lip balm! And all the different fabrics make me happy - they're all leftovers from garments I've made.
Have any of you ever tried this technique? I think I'm a little in love with it!