My niece requested a bag “kinda like” this one, “but in purple and turquoise”.
This is the result. Tutorial here.
Many of these boho bags – in a variety of colors – can be seen slung over shoulders.
They also make a very nice sewing project for beginning needleartists, so I thought I might post a tutorial later this week.
The Stash has a number of purple, blue and turquoise fabrics – as they are my daughter’s favorite colors.
However, when combined in a patchwork pattern, the result too brightly colored and not the boho-look desired.
So, off to my favorite off-price store to better define boho.
This scarf was the requested colors – and reminded me of the 70s cotton bedspreads (that were typically hung from dorm room ceilings!). Combine that with the clearance price – and it was perfect!
Cutting 5″ squares (for 4″ finished squares) from the scarf produced a variety of motifs. But just using the fabric from the scarf was a bit overwhelming – so the scarf squares and The Stash squares were combined.
The squares were arranged in a pleasing pattern and then sewn to a foundation fabric. The scarf fabric was very light – and too fragile for “regular” patchwork, so a foundation piecing method was required.
To simplify the sewing process, the stitching lines for the squares were drawn directly onto the back of the foundation pieces.
Note to self: Once the squares are arranged in the chosen pattern – take a picture because your memory is just not that good!
The interior of the bag includes a very large pockets with compartments for a pen and a cell phone.
Finishing touches included a beaded button closure and a few embroidered embellishments.
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I love this bag, and it will make great Christmas presents for my 3 girls.
We attended a two day High School Volleyball tournament this weekend – it seemed every girl there had one of these sling bags on their shoulders!
Many had interesting embroidered designs – all with a boho theme.
During my weekly “walkabout” at the off-price stores, I found a number of block printed table cloths that mimic the look of the “bedspreads that hung from the ceilings of our dorm rooms”. Very inexpensive (about $7.00), enough fabric for at least two bags – and perfect for that boho look!
A friend had one of these lovely bags but I couldn’t work out how to make one. Thank you for a very professional tutorial and solving my quandary. I can’t wait to start.