Quilted Gifts

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I chose the Quilted Gifts project from the book Quilt Lover’s Gifts, because I love all kinds of purses and bags, and of course the Batiks attracted my attention!

The pattern calls for pre-quilted fabric, since we don’t carry any pre-quilted fabric, I decided, with all the Batiks we carry, I’d be crazy to go buy fabric somewhere else, why not make my own? I got double the amount the pattern stated, one color for the outer fabric Autumn Blossom-Sunset 5292 and Plumage-Kestral 4475 for the inner fabric. I then used our Fusible batting and just ironed the pieces together, cut out the amount needed for the body and did a very simple quilting design on it.

Purchasing already pre-quilted fabric, may have less thickness, making the whole process slightly easier to sew through. But, with a little extra work over the thickest parts this produced beautiful results. I did the French Seam technique for the side seams, I think working with the pre-quilted fabric this made the side seams a little too thick, but they look nice and finished. I love the handles in this pattern, they are easy, sturdy and give great support to the bag including the bottom

This pattern was so quick and easy, the possibilities are endless for making many more as a quick gift, with changes in fabric, adding various pocket combinations. This pattern could almost be reversible, except the handles would come from the inside. I have not finished the accessory items yet, but I love the idea of everything matching, it makes me feel organized!


6 responses to “Quilted Gifts”

  1. Kathy Biggs Says:
    08/13/2012 11:01 am

    Bags and making bags is a personal passion for me. And I love your choice of Batik for this project. I often make my own ‘pre-quilted’ fabric to get the desired color combinations. Using a layer (or two if you want it heavier)of flannel produces a thickness similar to the purchased pre-quilted fabric. But most of the time I just use standard cotton batting. I like the extra padding and stability in the finished item.

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  2. Kati R. Says:
    08/13/2012 5:53 pm

    It looks really cute, Daryl, I love the warm Autumn colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Barb Says:
    08/14/2012 5:48 am

    You had me at Batik! I think the bags have more substance when you make your own rather than use the pre-quilted fabric, and the batiks tend to be a little stiffer, as well. Way to go!

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  4. BPatt Says:
    08/17/2012 3:37 am

    very nice batiks I LOVE the quality and feel of these fine fabrics CT offers.Keep them comming.

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  5. Lucy Ferguson Says:
    08/17/2012 9:53 pm

    Batik is my favorite and that’s why I like this bag pretty much. The color of this bag is really eye catching and you are really creative minded person. Thanks for sharing your project as well.
    push gift

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  6. Lucy Ferguson Says:
    08/17/2012 9:54 pm

    Batik is my favorite and that’s why I like this bag pretty much. The color of this bag is really eye catching and you are really creative minded person. Thanks for sharing your project as well.

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