Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Strip Rag Patchwork Bag & How to Fray Fabric Experiment

OK, as I said in an earlier post, I haven't done a lot of patchwork, mainly because cutting squares or hexagons etc drives me a bit batty, but I had seen some lovely strip patchwork projects on Pinterest so decided to give that a go.  I raided the rag bag & pulled out some small scraps & strips of patchwork.  I wondered whether I would be able to get a textured rag effect on the strips so stitched them with one raw edge loose.  There was no pattern as such, I cut a piece of lining fabric the size of my cutting board & folded the corners to give the bag its depth.

I used a (vintage) pure cotton thread as I hoped this might shrink slightly on washing to add to the texture.  Once I had stitched the strips onto the backing & constructed the bag, I cut along the raw edges of the strips like you would do for a rag quilt & washed the bag.  After one wash the edges had begun to fray a little:

 I wanted even more texture so snipped away again & washed & dried the bag once more.  I was pleased with the rippled effect on the lining - glazed cotton & no batting (wadding)

After the second wash the edges were beginning to fray more & of course will become more textured with use

I love the random upcycled vintage fabrics in this bag & plan to make more of these.  This one will be donated to the charity shop next week xx



  1. Love the bag. Think I will have a go........
    Did you wash the bag on its own or did you put it in with other washing?
    Julie xxxxx

  2. Thanks Julie, I put it in with a couple of towels each time - the first time I dried on the line & the second time I gave it 10 minutes in the tumble dryer - the rag quilts I have seen have more fraying but I think they use a layer of batting or flannel underneath & I didn't want too much thickness to the fabric Karen xx


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