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    Sewing tutorial: an eco friendly bag with a Rooster

    Sewing tutorial: an eco-friendly bag with a Rooster

    This is another one of the tutorials presented at the Mlyn exhibition in Minsk. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to sew an eco-friendly bag with a reverse appliqué (Rooster). And not just a simple appliqué, but a quilted one, too.

    Many-colored strips of fabric

    Sewing a Rooster eco bag. Materials:

    • Unbleached linen fabric
    • For the bag: 2 pieces, 30 x 35 cm each
    • For the handles: 2 pieces, 7 x 60 cm each (or 1 piece, 7 x120 cm)
    • For the lining: 2 pieces of calico, 32 x 30 cm plus 1 piece, 18 x 18 cm – for the pocket
    • Colored strips of fabric 24 cm long for the appliqué (the width may vary: 2.5 or 3 or 3.5 cm)
    • Sewing threads, erasable pen, zigzag scissors.

    Sewing a Rooster eco-friendly bag. The working process:

    For the decoration, we’ll be using a raw edge reverse appliqué. You can use any outline drawing of a rooster size 20 x 20 cm. Print it and cut out the pattern.

    Stitch the strips of fabric together to make a quilt: one after the other, alternating between different colors, until you get a piece 24 x 24 cm in size.

    Sewing tools and fabric

    Strips of different fabrics stitched together

    Place the front part of your bag on top of the quilt and secure it with pins.

    Paper stencil on grey fabric

    Trace the design onto the fabric with an erasable pen. Make sure that the design isn’t bigger than the quilted area. Sew along the outline with a decorative stitch.

    Rooster outline on fabric

    Canvas with design outline

    Grey canvas with pins

    Using your zigzag scissors, make a hole in the outlined area and cut it close to the outline.

    Zizzag scissors

    Many-colored quilt applique

    Use the resulting piece to create your eco-bag.

    Canvas bag with Rooster applique

    Original text by Olga Milovanova

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    Thank you very much for interesting tutorials.  One day, I will be brave to share my sewing and decorating experience. :) 

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