Appliquéd linen handbag.
I have used a lovely crisp natural linen for the bag, and some vintage floral linen for the appliqué.
I cut the flowers and leaves individually and then used an embellisher machine to attach them.
The embellisher has eight barbed needles that pierces the fabrics at a fast speed
to effectively felt or mesh the layers together.
It makes for quite a muted effect and
leaves a soft raw edge.
I then free machine stitched around
the flowers and leaves to accentuate
the veins and petals.
For rigidity, I interlined the linen with iron-on,
heavyweight, woven interfacing.
I trimmed the side seams with recycled cotton lace.
And made some handles from some gorgeous soft leather,
using recycled rings to attch them to the bag.
I used a Liberty Tana Lawn for the lining, which I backed with lightweight,
woven interfacing to give it more body.
I added two pockets inside and a magnetic
snap fastener to close the bag.
This bag is for sale in my Folksy shop now.