"When Stitches are Sewn" is a pattern by the Australian designer Gail Pan and has instructions to make a hand embroidered project bag, needlecase and pincushion. This was bought as a kit from Poppy Patch back in September and included the pattern, fabrics, perle thread for hand quilting, self covered button and ric-rac trimming. These gorgeous fabrics are from the Swan Cottage collection, by Lynette Anderson. I wasn't keen on the plain cream stitchery background fabric supplied in the kit, so I added my own piece from my stash. Gail's instructions includes some suggested colours for the embroidery, however I decided to use just one thread to match the fabrics for this project and chose a variegated Cosmo Seasons embroidery thread shade 5208...
...the front and back of the project bag were both machine quilted very simply, with some ric rac trimming added between the 2 fabrics, then the hand embroidered panels were appliqued into place. I pnly had white cord in my box of trimmings, so coffee-stained a piece to use for this bag. If I made another one, I'd probably use fabric drawstrings...
...and here is the finished project bag, looking as neat on the inside as it is on the outside! With smart boxed corners, it's perfect for storing hand sewing projects in, or even knitting. There's also a pretty needlecase included with this pattern, which I'll share some pictures of tomorrow. This was posted off to my sister for a very special birthday, and I'm sure she'll put it to good use as she's very crafty!
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