Wednesday, July 6, 2022

4th Make Nine finish: Kantha zipper bag

I'm crossing off one UFO prompt for my fourth Make Nine 2022 finish! This kantha stitched Flag Girl, my 4th make, was completed on the 4th of July (very apropos, I'd say).

Flag Girl kantha stitched zipper bag.

One side of the bag has an embroidered motif of a girl holding an American flag. The background is  kantha stitched with thrums of embroidery floss (above). The patchwork side of the bag (below) is improvisationally pieced with leftover fabric bits from a set of projects featuring the Meriwether fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Patchwork side of zipper bag.

Details and features of the bag

I've been doing a lot of slow stitching these days—this patchwork piece included. This side of the bag features embroidery stitches, appliqué, and quilting—all by hand.

Embroidered stitch motifs with embroidery floss and a flower appliqué.

Quilting around the rabbit and embroidery stitches.

Here is a close-up of the kantha stitching using single strands of embroidery floss.

Detail of kantha stitching.

An inside pocket was sewn in place by hand before the two bag pieces were sewn together.

Inside pocket of the zipper bag.

There is an in-seam tab on the side of the bag, and the final detail is the ring through the zipper pull.

Zipper ring and fabric tab details.

This is a "sister bag" to the first zipper bag I made in 2020 that was a Make Nine project for that year.

Kantha stitching and hand embroidery on two zipper bags.

4 for 9 for Make Nine 2022

With half of 2022 in the rearview mirror, I've answered 4 of my 9 prompts in this year's Make Nine Challenge

Make Nine Challenge 2022, July update. 

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