Saturday, February 19, 2011

An easy to make Envelope Bag

Wendy has made some great envelope bags out of some of her weavings. They are so easy to do and I thought it would be a great way to use up some of the quilted pieces I have around from various projects. You have to start with a square and then it's a simple fold. I took a paper pieced block I had made in a class a few years back, stitched it to a piece of flannel and turned it right side out. I'll probably do a bit of stitching on this before I make the envelope shape but I wanted to show it to you. So here it is. Thank you Wendy.

an old paper-pieced block cut to about 13" square

stitched to a 13" piece of flannel, turned inside out and folded into envelope shape

front of bag--a little off center because I wanted to highlight the flower
 think I will add this little headless doll to the flap that I made a long while ago                                              

back of envelope bag

18 comments:

karen said...

I have seen this done with a lace edged handkerchief. It's such an effective technique and this one looks lovely with the all over pattern.

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Hi, deanna! Thank you for visiting my blog and making me know that my identity may not be very clear... By the way, my name is Montse...
I've been following your blog for some time, but I rarely comment (I have to change it).
Nice bag! The design of the block fits the shape perfectly!

Gracie said...

This is so exciting! I feel like you must of when you started us all hanging hearts in trees.... This works so beautifully with this block; the blue darts look like a spray of flowers falling down the back. Just beautiful. Wendy.

deanna7trees said...

thanks, karen. i'll have to try it with hankies. i have lots of old ones.
hi Montse. nice to finally know your name and thanks for your comment.
yes, Wendy, you sure have started something here. can't wait to make some more.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, this is just wonderful! I lovelovelove the doll . . .

deanna7trees said...

thank you. the body was all hand stitched and then i stitched the clothes right onto the body.

Notjustnat said...

I like the envelope bag and might dig out some ophan blocks and make one. Thanks Deanna - hugs Nat

deanna7trees said...

can't wait to see what you come up with, Nat.

kaite said...

ingenious, but the headless doll scares me...k.

Deb G said...

Elegant...

deanna7trees said...

thank you all for your comments. the headless mannequins were seen in lots of storefronts in NY to display the latest fashion. this was to be part of a NYC fashion quilt that never got finished.

Martine said...

i love the doll....................
XXXm

Els said...

Aaaah Deanna, beautiful envelope!
The back: just like Bluebells!!!
(not in bloom yet, that will still take some time....)

liniecat said...

What a cracking idea! Works fab with your quilt piece too.......lol natty doll as well :)

ger said...

Ahaa... as bags + pouches linger in the back of my mind lately, I have to come back to this soon... - adding a headless doll - that´s a rather brilliant thing to do...;)

Phyllis said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! I love the colors and the design. What a great idea for a gift too.

Storycloth said...

Hi Deanna- the headless doll doesn't seem so headless like this - with her own envelope. Gilly

Yvonne said...

I'm glad I came here and can see more of your envelope bag - it's beautiful from all sides!

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