Sunday, 12 May 2013

Scrappy bag


I had hoped today’s blog would be a jumper I’ve been knitting. However as I haven’t quite finished stitching the pieces together that will have to wait until next week.

So instead I thought I’d show you a rucksack I made last year. The design comes from Susan Briscoe ‘21 sensational patchwork bags’ book. If you love making bags, check out her books as they’re brilliant.

It was only after I’d stitched the length of strips together did I realise that I had forgotten to add the seam allowance. Opps!!!! They should have been 1 ½ inch wide, instead of 1 inch wide.

Thankfully all I needed to do was add a couple more extra strips to each panel. Note to one’s self – remember to double check seam allowances in future…..

I then made patchwork blocks for the front and side pockets.



For the front of the flap I hand stitched a fabric star to the quilted strip panel.


As I’m not very good with a hammer I asked Mr Gertie to insert the eyelets around the top of the band. To neaten the ends of the cord I stitched little ‘bells’ to them.

After giving the rucksack its first outing I felt it needed a zipped pocket inside the bag. I cut into the lining (that was the scary part in case I’d made a mistake!!!!) then added the pocket.

With the exception of the eyelets, the rucksack was made using recycled material. The strips and patchwork blocks came from old shirts or scrap bits of fabric. The base, eyelet band, cord, binding and straps came from a trouser suit I’d made many moons ago, and the lining came from an old pair of light blue trousers. 

I'm really pleased with how it came out and it just goes to show what can be made simply by using scraps...

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.


  1. As always, I am in awe of your patchwork skills. This bag looks great, I'm sure you are proud every time you use it x

  2. I love this, it's fabulous! All the blues are lovely too. So clever, I don't think I would have the patience for patchwork.

  3. The bag looks amazing, and it's a fabulous example of how something so lovely can be made from scraps. I'm sure an awful lot of work has gone into it, though and it's gorgeous.

  4. Great scrappy project! Thanks for your great comment on my blog :-)

  5. What an 'ab fab' bag! Well done, it is lovely. Hope you have a good week.

  6. That is awesome. The colours are beautiful

  7. Wow, what a fabulous bag. Looks like a lot of work there, but the end result is worth it.

  8. what a great bit of upcycling! It must have taken you ages! x

  9. I love seeing how you can make fab items out of things that may otherwise have been thrown away. It is a lovely bag. I really like the different shade of blue you have used.

  10. What a lovely rucksack. As you used recycled fabric it's unique too. I'm sure you get plenty of use out of it.
    Looking forward to reading about your jumper.

  11. What a lovely piece of quilting... why does my recycled fabric not tone as well as yours? I bet you get asked who made it... really nice :)

  12. Gorgeous quilted bag!

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