Sunday, 21 April 2013

Brickwork satchel


Almost half of the fabric in my scrap boxes has come from various cocktail and evening dresses I made. We used to attend functions and dinners so I’d try and make a new dress for each occasion.

In Susan Briscoe’s book ‘Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags’ there’s a lovely patchwork satchel made out of 1 ½ inch squares arranged in a sort of brickwork design. This would be perfect for using up some of my dress fabric. 

The satchel is made using five patterned fat quarters which are cut into strips and then blocks of eleven and twelve are stitched together. These patchwork pieces are then cut 1 ½ inches wide so you end up with strips of eleven or twelve 1 ½ inch squares.


Looking at the various pieces of dress fabric darker shades would be best for the main part of the bag, with a light coloured fabric for the lining.

Plain black was used for the base, sides and handle as I thought the other colours would be too ‘shouty’. 


The pattern suggested using a buckle fastening at the front but I didn’t have one so just used a large press-stud instead.

The only criticism I have with the bag is it’s on the small side. I was expecting the satchel to be bigger. Maybe though I’m used to the huge satchel’s we used to have at school !!!

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

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12 comments:

  1. That shiny material really stands out. A great use for old posh dresses!

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  2. I love the colours you have used, the brickwork patches looks very effective. It's great to find a use for dresses that you don't wear any more.

    Jan x

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  3. No matter how big my bag is it always seems I could do with a bigger one!

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  4. I really love the colours in your bag, your dresses must have been beautiful. The bag looks great x

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  5. Love the mix of fabrics, particularly the shiny turquoise. It is great to recycle.

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  6. Lovely colour mix for the bag,it really goes well together.

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  7. Lovely patterns and I love the way you've done the brickwork. Very nice.

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  8. A really lovely bag, gorgeous colours. Do you think the satchels seemed so big because we were small? Hope you have a good week.

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  9. this is so gorgeous! I love the brickwork pattern and the fabrics you've chosen look great together :) x

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  10. Love the fabric and the patchwork design. Us girls always carry far too much in our bags, he he. Take care.
    Ali x

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  11. Such teeny tiny blocks and a great combination of colours.

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  12. What a lovely bag! And such a novel idea on how to make the squares. I wish I had patience to sew.....

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