The perfect creative canvas for learning and practicing embellishment and free-motion-quilting skills!
Humbug Bag is a twisted tote that makes a perfect "little something" gift--for teachers, grandkids, neighbors, babysitters, etc. The shape is based on a traditional 19th century English candy, from which the bag takes its name. These are exceptionally quick, easy, and fun to make (make one in less than an hour).
This is a terrific pattern for someone just learning to quilt... but great, too, for experienced quilters who just can't seem to find time to work on a "real" quilt but crave a quick quilting fix! This small project also makes a great canvas for embroiderers, beaders, and embellishers to practice their skills. See sidebar for some examples.
The pattern includes how-to instructions for machine quilting, for both machine-guided grids and free-motion stipling. Because of their small size, these are fantastic projects for someone just learning to quilt--it's not only easily maneuverable, but no great loss of time or materials if one doesn't turn out so well. According to a survey not long ago, machine quilting is one of the sewing public's top three sewing fears (right up there with making bound buttonholes and welt pockets). Humbug Bags are a great way to practice skills and gain confidence... and end up with useful bag rather than a throw-away sample.
Humbug Bags can also be made from unquilted fabric, of course, such as Cordura and leather.
And you get something extra with this pattern: A sheet of gift tags, ready to photocopy. Simply cut them apart and sign to give your gift a very professional polish.
Three sizes are included... but it's easy to adjust dimensions for your own purposes. See the beanbag chair at the end of the sidebar!
Price: $9 (includes postage to U.S. addresses; please email for price outside of U.S.)