101 Fabulous Fat-Quarter Bags with M'Liss Rae Hawley by M'Liss Rae Hawley

By M'Liss Rae Hawley

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Stylish baggage for each season and social gathering. 10 initiatives, large proposal gallery.

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By M’Liss Rae Hawley (page 10): an example of braided handmade cording. Small Shoulder Purse with Flap by Lucia Pan (page 12): twisted decorator cord. North by Northwest by M’Liss Rae Hawley (page 31): fabric-covered cording, ruched and braided. Saddle Bag Purse by Vicki DeGraaf (page 30): braided strips of wool. Chains Small Shoulder Purse with Flap by Annette Barca (page 11): ribbon trim. Choose fine or chunky chain—single-strand, twisted, or braided—in gold, silver, or some other metallic finish.

Washing will preshrink the fabric, which is a necessary step. ß Begin your embroidery with a new needle and change it during the process if the point becomes dull. Skipped stitches are one indication of a dull needle. Some embroidery designs have more than 10,000 stitches. A dull needle can distort the design. ß Outfit your machine with an embroidery foot. Small Shoulder Purse with Flap by Susie Kincy (page 10): Susie used an embroidered motif from my Quilting with M’Liss collection to embellish the flap of her small shoulder purse.

I planned to use many gold buttons, then “reduced my variables” to one special button that continues the theme, shape, and colors of the purse. From the everyday ivory shirt variety to one-of-a-kind hand-painted works of art, buttons make fabulous embellishments. For added color and texture, tie them on with embroidery floss or narrow ribbon, or anchor them with beads. Collage/Confetti Garden Court Winery by M’Liss Rae Hawley (page 38): I captured bits and pieces of colorful fabric with thread to embellish the handle of my fat-quarter tote.

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