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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bags from Smocking Scraps

I really hate to throw away the bits of smocking cut from the yokes of dresses to form the neckline. In the case of the recent Splendour in the Grass dresses, the cut-out piece was of reasonable size, as the neckline is fairly low.

As I had fabric left from both dresses, I made a couple of bags and decorated them with the left-over smocking.

The trickiest bit was neatening off the top edge of the smocking scrap so it wouldn't fray.

I backed this scrap to the top of the smocking with fabric.

I then cut a round shape - dictated mostly by the shape of my fabric and  smocking offcuts - four times from the fabric and twice from batting. I made two sandwiches of fabric and batting and roughly quilted the sandwiches.

I added the piece of smocking to the bottom of one of the sandwiches to form a pocket, then bound the top and attached a strap.

Result: a bag to match the dress.

I repeated the process with the chambray off-cuts and a slightly different shape.

Equally good result.


Monica said...

They are very cute. Great idea! I bet the girls will love them.

The blue looks blue now, too. It is a much softer effect. I will be interested to hear how they are received!

margaret said...

there are going to be 2 very happy girls when they receive these lovely bags along with the beautiful dresses.

Karyn said...

What a fantastic idea. I would never have thought of that. I hope the girls like them.