Stitch Rope Beach Bag
In work the next day we brainstormed some ideas - I had it pretty much in my head that a make up pouch of some description would be the final outcome, but I wasn't sold. Then someone mentioned a beach bag, someone mentioned rope handles, we fiddled around to do something a little different with the handles, and then - the Stitch Rope Beach Bag was born. It's a bit of a mouthful, yes.
I'm not gonna lie: there's a lot going on in this bag. There's patchwork, there's quilting, there's rope. There's more rope. But overall? I think I quite like it.
Here's what you need to make one all of your very own:
40cm of main panel fabric (this can be made up of scraps, or for a simpler look, just one fabric)
10cm co-ordinating gusset fabric
50cm lining fabric
10cm + scraps handle fabrics
5m x 10mm piping cord or rope
If you want, some variegated Aurifloss is a pretty good addition!
1. From your main fabric, your lining fabric, and your wadding, cut 2 pieces measuring 40cm x 32cm. If you want a pieced main panel, sew your scraps directly onto your wadding. I'm not going to tell you how to do that bit, just use your imagination and creativity. If you've decided to do some quilting, now is the time to do that.
|just a simple large quilting stitch should do the trick|
|see how pretty that Aurifloss looks?|
2. Pin your main panel and gusset pieces to your wadding pieces, wrong sides facing.
3. Now find your centre points of the bottom of each main panel, and the gusset strip, and pin together. Then sew with a 5mm seam allowance. Your piece should look like this now (complete with patchwork, if you've done this).
5. Press under each side of each strip 5mm. Sew each short side down. Find the middle of each strip, and mark a line along it's length.
6. Measure in 6cm from the side of one panel, and pin one strip here. Sew a couple of millimeters in from the outer edge. Sew this line not just once, but twice. This needs to be super secure because it's these strips that are going to hold all the weight you're going to put in your bag (if you are anything like me, then it's a lot).
7. Take your rope, and make your ends a little loose and thready. Smoosh them up a bit. Then stitch across them several times back and forth, to secure your rope into one big loop. Then take a bit of tape, and wrap it around the stitched section, making back into a round.
10. Once your handles are all attached, pin the gusset edges that are flapping out to your main body, and sew all together to make a bag shape.
12. With the remaining scraps, make two 5" squares (patchwork or plain). Press in each edge, and then wrap around the ropes on each side where your hands will hold the bag. Stitch into place. You could use some of that lovely Aurifloss again whilst you do so.