I washed and ironed the calico before making the bags. Although a very humble fabric, it washes well and looks softer and whiter each time it is washed. The appliques should be colourfast.
Here is the week's product draped over a tree!
I tried out a number of new techniques in making these bags. First, I tried out the applique stitch function on my Janome sewing machine. It gave a very nice finish.
However, for the most part I used the zigzag stitch, which, although less decorative, was much faster. In a batch like this I went for speed, but would use the applique stitch for more one-off work.
In addition to raiding my ribbon stash, I also used up some ropey cord I had left from a project now forgotten.