Looking for a fast and easy purse pattern? The Fat Quarter Shop as an adorable patchwork sac pattern that's perfect! I love having a cloth purse for use in the warm weather. It can be toted in all the outdoor activities and if it gets dirty--just throw it in the wash! Carefree and easy, that's the only way.
Find the pattern for this bag at The Fat Quarter Shop here. I liked the idea of being able to use some of my fabric scraps for this project. As I planned my fabric selection I had the thought to also use some orphan blocks I had laying around. My thought was to keep the same patchwork cutting sized given in the pattern and substitute orphan blocks if I had anything that fit. Turns out none of those were the right size :( but it gave me an idea!
I have been wanting to try my hand at Wonky Flying Geese blocks and had seen a great tutorial about this on the Why Not Sew blog. This small project was the perfect place to try out this new technique.
I followed pretty much everything Erin of Why Not Sew did but since I am always in a hurry I cut a few corners. Here's a quick look at how I made my Wonky Flying Geese units using freezer paper. For the original (and very good) instructions visit the Why Not Sew blog post for a great tutorial.
My Wonky Flying Geese Blocks
On the Kimberly Sac project there are large rectangles, small rectangles, and a square. I added together the large rectangle and square for the size of my pieced Wonky Flying Geese across the bottom of the bag and kept the same large rectangle size for the vertical rectangle that folds down on the flap. These Flying Geese sections simply replaced the shapes on the pattern and didn't change anything for the finished size of the bag or how it was assembled.
The Fat Quarter Shop has a great video to accompany their pattern. See how easy this pattern is to make here.
I made my sac using the new Art Gallery Fabrics denims and quilting cotton from several different AGF fabric lines and Pure Elements. The palette of the finished bag will transition nicely into fall and has a rugged, artisan look to it. I even had a vintage wooden-toggle button for the closer--perfect!