Mini Quilt as You Go Purse with Embellishments

Sewn using only small pieces of fabric, this is a colourful one of a kind mini purse. With the addition of stencilling, couching and hand embroidery embellishments, the bag is both fun and functional.

It was sewn Quilt as You Go style (QAYG) with fabric scraps added in a clockwise fashion, one by one, and stitched in place. The fabric pieces are sewn onto a base of muslin backed with batting. Once the quilt as you go sewing is complete, this new piece of quilted fabric can be used as desired, in this case to create a clutch purse.
The base pieces were great as is but they called out to be further embellished. First, red cord was couched in a boxy grid like pattern on both sides.
Then numbers were added with white paint and hand embroidery outlined in red.
A zipper was added, and the bottom was boxed, allowing the bag to sit flat.
Just a touch of wideness at the bottom of the bag gave it an attractive shape on the outside and made it more functional on the inside.

Bright cheery red fabric lines the purse for an added a surprise of colour and an additional pocket placed inside is just the right size for a cell phone. It's a perfect clutch purse for days on the go.

Explore this technique in detail with Learn to Quilt as you Go Class with DVD. Aimed at confident beginners, the class covers the techniques of QAYG in five unique projects - a pot holder, table topper, table runner and two quilts.
The DVD is compatible with computers and North American DVD players so give it go!
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