A stunning small evening bag ideal
for the party season
- 25 x 50cm (10 x 19 1⁄2in) of silk outer fabric
- 25 x 50cm (10 x 19 1⁄2in) of lining fabric
- 25 x 50cm (10 x 19 1⁄2in) of wadding
- Two 6in squares of organza in contrasting colours to outer silk fabric for flowers
- Thread to tone with silk fabric
- Embroidery thread for details on flower
- Assorted beads for embellishment
- Cocktail stick or similar (to wind bead fastener)
Approx 15 x 22cm (6 x 8 1⁄2in)
This lovely bag can be made to compliment your outfit for any special occasion or night out. It is quite simple to put together but when decorated with beads and embroidery threads looks very glamorous. It would also make a great gift for your friends…
- Cut the silk, lining and wadding to 8 1⁄2 x 18in. Keep the leftover pieces of silk fabric for the loop and bead fasteners.
- Take the silk fabric and on the RS mark out three equal sections, but DO NOT cut. See Figure 1.
- From the 6in squares of organza, cut out two flowers using the template provided on the pattern sheet.
Figure 1: Marking out the silk fabric
- Place the flowers on section 1 (this is the bag front, see Figure 1), of the silk fabric, slightly offsetting them to create a softer, more flowing design and pin in place. Either by hand or machine, stitch the flowers in place using embroidery thread, following the vein lines as shown on the template. Add beads as desired.
- To make the loop fastener from the leftover silk fabric, cut a 1 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in strip. Fold in 1⁄4in on each side long side; fold in half lengthways and stitch as in Figure 2. Fold in half to form a loop and place in the centre of section 1 of the bag (see Figure 1), and stitch in place.
- To maake the bead fastener, from the leftover silk fabric, cut a 1 1⁄2 x 3in strip. Using the 1 1⁄2in side of silk fabric, wind the strip tightly around a cocktail stick until all the silk fabric is used. Secure with a dab of glue or stitch down. Take a length of embroidery thread and a few small beads and wind thread around the bead fastener, adding beads at intervals. When you feel you have enough beads embellishing your fastener, secure with several stitches. The bead fastener is now complete.
Figure 2: Making the loop fastener
EXTRA IDEAS If you wish, you could add more beads to the front of the bag. Why not repeat the flower design on the back of the bag? Alternatively, trace the flower pattern onto the back of the bag and free-motion quilt the design and for the finishing touch add a few beads to the flower centres..
Figure 3:Stitching the bag pieces together
- With RS facing, place the silk and lining fabrics together. Place the wadding on top of the lining to make a quilt sandwich; pin securely. Using a 1⁄4in seam, stitch on all four sides, leaving an approx 4in gap on one of the long sides. See Figure 3.
- Press lightly, avoiding the wadding. Turn through to the RS through the 4in gap; slipstitch the gap closed.
- Fold section 3 over section 2, i.e. corner A to point B, ensuring that the decorated front of the bag is on the outside and that the lining is on the inside. Pin securely. See Figure 1.
- Using small slipstitches and toning thread, beginning at the base of the bag, stitch up one side of the bag on the outside; repeat for other side.
- Fold over the front flap of the bag and pin through the loop, which is where you will attach the bead fastener. Using toning thread, stitch the bead fastener in place, trying not to stitch through the lining but only through the silk
First published in Popular Patchwork November 2008