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strategic sewing

Enough diversions into the theory of motivation and how the mind works -- let's get it working!!

Trying to take a more strategic approach to sewing, I spent some time looking for a somewhat smaller bag pattern than my current one. Don't get me wrong, it's a great pattern, but it's larger and very hard to cut the pattern down. I found Kwiksew 4093 to be a very good, strategic choice:

This pattern supports two different size bags, both capable of a quilted "patchwork" look. The quilting doesn't just happen on the front, it can be extended to the sides and strap, as this diagram shows:
The pattern pieces are neat, with seam allowances assumed but not marked, which allows me to more easily reconfigure the parts. I can create:
  • a purse made from a single piece of fabric (if the pattern is symmetric along the grain), 
  • a quilted patchwork, 
  • or a standard front-back-gusset arrangement,
all by combining pattern pieces before I cut.

In addition, this pattern uses a much smaller amount of material, maybe a yard, plus or minus, which gives me a nice looking item for less cost. Finally, it allows me to make a salable items from remnants, which is incredibly valuable.

So off we go: time to make a few purses and see how the pattern pans out!

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