Made with Moxie: Bargello Bag Tutorial: Friendship Quilts Blog Hop

September 11, 2012

Bargello Bag Tutorial: Friendship Quilts Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by Made with Moxie for today's Friendship Quilt Blog Hop! Diane at From Blank pages... came up with a great idea to make quilted projects that were inspired by the friendship bracelets everyone made for their buddies in the 1980s.

Today I'm going to share with you how I made a Bargello Bag for my good friend, Rachael at Imagine Gnats. I made it for her to carry her embroidery projects around. Little did I know that before I made her this bag she was carrying around her embroidery project in a jar. A jar! You know what they say about the cobbler's children...

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

To start, choose a group of coordinating fabric fat quarters. Cut them into strips of varying widths of your preference, and so that they are 22" long. Decide on a visually pleasing order and stitch them all together using a 1/4" seam allowance and pressing your seams open as you go. All seams allowances for the Bargello are a 1'4".

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Fold your bottom most edge up to meet the top and stitch together to form a tube.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Lay your tube in half on your cutting mat. Trim your selvedge pieces off making a squared edge. Use your rotary cutter to slice off a piece of your tube of a width of your choosing. I advise doing any widths between 3/4" and 3". Anything smaller is eaten up in seam allowances and anything larger visually disrupts the bargello pattern.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Use a pair of scissors and open up your first bargello tube slice at any seam.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Cut two more slices of your bargello tube that are the same width as each other, but different than slice #1.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Hold bargello slice #2 next to the top of slice #1 and shift the slice so that the fabric at the top of #2 is a step lower than that on slice #1.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Cut both bargello slice #2s open at that spot and lay them on either side of slice #1.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Continue cutting sets of matching width slices, adjusting the position you cut the tube open at and laying them on either sides of your previous slices to create your Bargello Bag pattern.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

I started with slices #2 as the widest and made each subsequent slices smaller and smaller through #8. Continue cutting slices until you run out of tube.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Now, the fun part of a Bargello is that is doesn't need to stay in the symmetrical arching down shape. You can flip the entire thing upside down so it arches up. Or you can re-order your Bargello slices to create a roller coaster or zigzag shapes.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!


Choose the Bargello shape you like the best. I ended up sticking with my original design. Starting at one end of your slices, start sewing them together with a 1'4 inch seam allowance. It is important to keep track here of which slice goes where here and up and down. Now is not a good time for distractions.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Press your seam allowances open as you go. They may not be lying perfectly on the back but do your best in order to keep the seam allowance bulk down.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

This is also the point when I get super excited because I can see my pattern coming together. Clap your hands together and admire your Bargello, folks!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Press your Bargello really well and lightly spray with spray starch to keep its shape. I then fused my Bargello Bag front to a piece of Pellon Fusible Thermolam Fleece. Use your rotary cutter and clear rulers to square your Bargello Bag front edges.

I used a clip art image of old fashioned-ly looking scissors to print and trace onto my bag front.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

I used embroidery floss to stitch the scissors. I also stitched a running stitch across a top run of Bargello steps then stitched a needle and thread, too.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

My fabric selections for the Bargello Bag backing and linings.

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

I also used some coordinating scraps to stitch up a little needle book, too, using this pattern by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I love this little pattern and have made them for mini coin purses for my daughter, Jane and needle books for myself.

Here's the bags in action with some of Rachael's amazing embroidery!

Best Bargello Bag Tutorial | A great bag for carrying all your stitching project and tools with you on the go!

Thanks for stopping by and if you try your hand at a Bargello Bag I'd love to have you share pictures here on Flickr.

Until next time!

14 comments:

  1. Awesome bag!!! A jar, really?, Rachael! Well, it's inventive anyway, this is bag is waaaay better though ;)

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    1. really. it just kind of happened that the thread was inside the jar and i had to take it somewhere... next thing i knew, it was a thing. ;)

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  2. What a beautiful bag! maybe she can use the jar for canning?haaaa

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  3. LOVE it! Great fabrics and stitching! LOVE the little handles! What a great friend you are to help out Rachael! (I feel she's going to be getting a lot of flack for using a jar! lol. We all love you Rachael!!) :)

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    1. thank goodness for Jill... that glass jar would've been tough for Sewing Summit ;)

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  4. i love it! i love it! i love it! and, yes... a jar. a glass jar. full of embroidery floss all tangled up even. it was a hot mess, really ;) the jar is from ikea, though. does that make it cooler? i didn't think so.

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  5. I agree with the rest, I love it. Beautiful fabric and a creative pattern. Thanks for the tutorial. I have to see if I can follow thru. I also made a small pouch, except I use my for all the business cards I received. Judith, Texas

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  6. what a great idea! Why did Rachael not have an appropriate bag for her hobby!!! Ack! well now she does!

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  7. Fabulous bag! Love the bargello pattern. Sounds like it's going to be a much used (and needed?!? gift!

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  8. I love your bag, it is beautiful. Bargello patterns have always intrigued me, thank you for making it clear to me.

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  9. I just found this and all I can say is Wow! I had never seen something loke this! Im pinning it to my TO do list!

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  10. This is so beautiful...you are so clever! I would love one just llike this!!

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