Back in September 2019, a parcel arrived in the post from the Little Quilt Store in Australia, containing a kit to make the Strawberry Fox Bag. The front of the bag has a gorgeous embroidered and appliqued design. I used a selection of hand dyed variegated Valdani perle threads for the hand embroidery, (available from Cross Patch in Wales), and used the Apliquick method for most of the applique...
...wool felt was used for the strawberries, and I sttiched these in place by hand using blanket stitch. I made the tote bag a bit bigger than the riginal, so rather than use the backing fabric supplied in the kit, I used some fabric from a Sweet Garden of Mine collection also designed by Lynette, and cut sone 2.5" squares which were pieced together and machine quilted very simply, using a variegated King Tut thread. I didn't draw any sewing lines on this, I just used the quarter inch mark on my walking foot to quilt a quarter inch from each seam. I've been using a fine felted polyester wadding from Sew and So's at Bungay for my recent bags and table runners, and it quilts nicely and gives a good structure to bags too...
...I like to add extra pockets inside the bag, and added both a large zip pocket and a slip pocket that is enclosed within the lining of the bag. Instructions for this type of pocket panel is from the Perfect Quilted Tote by Elizabeth Hartman. I've also added a strap with a clasp for attaching keys, and a sewn in magnetic fastener as I preferred that to the original zipper. Finally a pair of quilted fabric handles make the bag complete...
...and here's my version of the Strawberry Fox Bag - hand appliqued, hand embroidered and machine quilted. Reafdy to be gifted to one off my sisters, I hope she'll like it!
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