Aurifil and Kaffe Hand Stitching Challenge

April 8, 2020

The most recent challenge for Aurifil Artisans was to use Aurifil thread and  Kaffe Fassett fabric to create a project featuring hand stitching. I have been needing a mid-sized cross body purse just large enough to hold a wallet and a bottle of water. This will be the perfect size to carry to the zoo once social distancing is over.

I used nine colors of 12 wt Aurifil thread to hand quilt the fabric panels prior to constructing the bag.  I hand quilted the Kaffe Fabric to a layer of Hobbs Thermore batting with no backing prior to flat lining the pieces to Annie’s Soft and Stable. The Thermore batting is a thin polyester that worked really well to give the quilting some dimension without being too thick when paired with the foam Soft and Stable.

I chose to change the direction of the quilting stitches to add more interest to the design.

The front of the bag features a diagonal zipper pocket that will be great for easy access to my cell phone.

The bag back is a solid panel of fabric, and I added a cork bottom to the bag for added durability.  The bag strap is adjustable to go from regular to cross body.

There is more Kaffe fabric featured inside, and an additional zipper pocket, too.

The finished bag measures 7-1/2″ wide, 9″ tall, and 3″ deep, and I am looking forward to carrying such a cheerful accessory!

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  • Reply
    Wendy Welsh
    April 8, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I love your bag Cassandra! Just the perfect size for what you need, and nice and colourful so you don’t leave it behind. The kantha stitching really makes it unique.

  • Reply
    April 10, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I find this bag truly attractive. I love the bright color play of Kaffe collective fabric prints to start with … and I adore hand embroidery … so this is an attention-getting bag for me. 🙂

    I would love to make my own version of this – what pattern did you use? Or, maybe, you made your own? I have some experience as a bag maker (I would call myself intermediate level in bag making skills:) but creating my own pattern is (obviously) more trouble than using someone else’s design and editing it to my own taste.

    🙂 Linda

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