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Selfish Sewing


Sometimes, I set my bag orders aside to make something for no reason at all, except for pure pleasure.  Yesterday, was one of those days.  I have no planned destination for this, as I think it’s a bit big for a bag flap at 16″ wide.  So, I will need to think on it for a while.  I could always make a cover for my sewing machine but my machine is never not in use so doesn’t really require a cover.  Maybe a large bag though such as a duffel or a tote…I need to look through my patterns! 

(this post contains 1 affiliate link to a pouch pattern, that I will be compensated for if someone buys it)

I bought the Sewing Machine paper piecing pattern from Quiet Play’s Craftsy Shop. I love their piecing patterns, and it’s not difficult at all to do.  There are many free tutorials and videos on the web if you google for them.  I can’t remember which one I used as it was so long ago.  Here’s what the pattern looks like, I just print on regular printer paper because I cannot be bothered to change my settings to accept a thinner paper, and also I don’t actually have thinner paper.  The regular paper is slightly harder to remove at the end, but it’s no big deal really.IMG_7563EDITThen the next part is always my favourite, sometimes I spend hours doing it but not this time as I needed a rainbow and that only takes a few minute to pull from my stash.  I don’t own solids in EVERY colour so I supplement with some polka dots when I do rainbow piecing. IMG_7556EDIT

Then, I just start sewing…and I keep going until it’s done.  It’s only a few hours to piece the whole thing. Don’t be alarmed at how the back looks, it’s a messy business, paper piecing.  Or at least it is when I do it.IMG_7570EDITIMG_7571EDIT

It’s done in sections, that are joined to make rectangular pieces that are then sewn together to make up the whole block.  Here’s the finished block, it does need a strip of black across the top but I won’t add that until I figure out what I am making from it. IMG_7575IMG_7574EDITThere’s nothing like the satisfying feeling of finishing a pretty block!  A while ago I also bought the MINI Sewing Machine block from Quiet Play,  and I made it into a Filigree Double Zip Pouch pattern by Sew Sweetness.  I made this one for a swap.IMG_6346EDIT

I hope this post will be a little brightness in your day, and inspire you to maybe give paper piecing a try.  It really is easy and FUN! There are many, many FREE patterns out there, Quiet Play has several on Craftsy but if you search with their search engine you can find even more.

Author: barabooboo

I am a Canadian maker of fun and functional handbags and wallets. I have been sewing since I was 6 years old, and love to share my favourite patterns, tips and tricks I have discovered along the way. Some of my links are affiliate links, that I am compensated for, if you purchase the pattern. HOWEVER, I only share patterns that I really love and have actually made! For example: You will never see an Amazon, Weight Loss, or Printer Cartridge Affiliates on here!

3 thoughts on “Selfish Sewing

  1. Love Quiet Play! I’ve always wanted to make this one. Yours looks so fun! Might have to give it a shot 😊

    • oh defintely do! I love both the mini and the large, although I see the mini being used on more bags and pouches than the large one. I am addicted to her patterns too..I have done the whale, and the fox too.

  2. I love that colourful sewing machine. Now I may have to stitch one up for myself.

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