Saturday, June 29, 2013

Patches patches everywhere

I gave myself permission after the holidays to take a break from making my patchwork bags because it is so very time intensive. The problem was that I had a hard time getting back into making them and my shop stock is running rather low! Thankfully I was requested to make a bag for Jennie (as seen in this post) that really allowed me to stretch my imagination to create new patches, which turned out to be exactly what I needed.

So now I'm back on the patch-making bandwagon and am clearly obsessed with it since I have piles of done patches and I'm still going strong. Evidence can be seen in the picture below. I can't seem to work any other way, than to go crazy with patch and bag making, and then need a few months off to just collect my wits about me before starting the process all over again.

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I took some shots of some of my favorite patches so far. All completely random - though in the back of my mind I am thinking one bag is going to be crafty themed, and another is going to be sort of a spooky, monsters/skeletons/etc type of bag. And then however many random bags that might come of all the patches I've been working on.

The make do and mend one isn't soooo special but I am in love with how thick and perfect the ampersand came out. Of course the steampunk/robot lady is awesome and I used up the last few cogs I had in my stash (obviously calls for another trip to the craft store with coupon in hand). The bird is just cute, and the weird face patch is just neat - also I'm trying to use up some of my green embroidery floss - I have a decent amount of it that never seems to be whittled down.

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Here is an interesting experiment with some appliqued fabric which I haven't done a whole lot of. There's lace, buttons, a key, and some stamping as well. It's rather fanciful I think.

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Here are two felt pieces. The little bear guy is just so precious, and the seam ripper is destined for that crafty bag.

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A few more. I am obsessed with the polka dot one with all the french knots...its very organic and textural. So lovely.

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i can't wait to see how this all comes together but it'll be a while yet. I'm not tired of making patches yet!


  1. LOVE that house one! They all are awesome though, great job!

  2. NO REGRETS!!!
    That's my fave. You certainly have an amazing eye for the crafty!
    Great Job!

  3. Have you ever tried going by a watch repair shop, particularly an old watch and click shop, and asked them to sell you some watch bits? Guaranteed to be WAY cheaper than the craft store, even with coupon. You also might check out Etsy or EBay, I just check every once in awhile, sometimes they're to high, but then you get lucky. Still better at the clock shop though. Love your patches!


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