Some time ago I came across a pattern in Homespun Magazine (June 2010) for cute miniature handbags by Melbourne designer Nicole Mallalieu http://www.nicolemdesign.com.au
These little bags are filled with lavender and hobbyfill and can be placed with your clothing and linen or used as pin cushions. At the time I first saw this pattern, I made a mental note that these would be great gifts for friends and family, and could use fabrics and notions already on hand.
As December approached, I decided I would make some of these little bags as Christmas gifts.
First of all, one for each of my colleagues at Always Quilting! For this batch I did buy fabrics… for these girls I wanted to use items from within the Always Quilting store. www.alwaysquilting.com.au Of course this had to be done with a certain amount of secrecy, but I managed to purchase some fat quarters from the Cuzco range, some matching braid, and Aurifil threads, without arousing suspicion.
As you can see from the photos, I added the braid and rick-rack with a contrasting thread, Aurifil Cotton Mako 12 weight, for added interest. To do this, you simply sew over the rick-rack in one direction, then go back in the other.
You can also decorate the braid with colonial (or French) knots. Again Aurifil Ne 12 is ideal.
In all I made 15 little bags, 14 as gifts for family and friends, and one for me!!