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Rustic and Floral

Updated: Mar 10

I love working with flowers, I don't like wearing them as much, and I don't like appliquing them on bags that I use.


I made an exception this time. I wanted a rustic bag for myself. I found these strips for the body of the bag



fabric strips in rustic colors on a dark brown table


and these to create a braided strap



fabric straps for creating a braid in green tan and brown



Braided strap



sewing the patchwork bag on a sewing machine


After I attached the strap and closed the bag, I hung it on the wall and something just didn't feel right. The body of the bag is rustic and rough and the strap is too soft and lightweight.


I unpicked the top stitches, removed the strap and thought about it some more.



patchwork bag with braided strap


I decided I wanted a heavier, wider really rustic looking strap so I created one.



fabric strap for bag made with rough patchwork pieces


Now it feels right



Attaching a wider strap to a patchwork bag

The wider strap suits the bag much better.



And the flower arrangement is not overwhelming. I plan to use this bag a lot



Rustic floral fabric bag


A selection of bag tutorials can be found here on Etsy

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I love the bag. Beautiful job.

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Thank you so much ❤️

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Jan 07

This is just nummy, Sharon! I like the heavier strap as well. I suspect that braid will be used somewhere because it is also just super. The flowers are a true bonus and bring the bag into another realm! Love it! Janet Becker

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