Martha’s French Boutis Bag

Friday, September 21, 2018

I finished the French boutis bag I’ve been working on all summer and have decided to gift it to my gramma who travels frequently and may need a nice place for her jewelry or such. I was going to drive through the area yesterday on my way down to Living Archaeology Weekend but now I’ve had to bail out on that fun adventure so she won’t be getting it til probably Thanksgiving rather than her birthday but better late than never! If you are anywhere near LAW, I highly recommend making the trip for a fun day out.

Here are some shots of the boutis part after completing the rolled hem. The lining fabric is behind it – I think the colors are so complimentary!

French boutis zipper pouch

I also want to point out that traditionally, you don’t use knots in French boutis. I did (obviously!) – no one will see them and it still feels uncomfortable to not use them much of the times I try.

French boutis zipper pouch

Then I had to carefully size and cut the lining, and I opted to go a little further than the directions said and used a baste stitch to secure the hem. I chose a black thread so I could easily see it to remove it once I was finished attaching it to the boutis.

French boutis zipper pouch

I skipped taking any photos until the end result, but this pattern did not come together like other bag patterns. Instead of sewing the lining to the outer fabric with the zipper wedged between them, this one calls for attaching the zipper first completely to the outer fabric, then attaching the lining using hidden stitches. This could be for many reasons, but what I learned was that I think I like this way better. It resulted in less bagginess of the liner, and though more time consuming, seemed less aggravating than my results using the machine (so yeah, this bag is 99% hand-sewn; only the little zipper tabs were machine-stitched).

French boutis zipper pouch French boutis zipper pouch French boutis zipper pouch

I stitched a little “2018” to the inside of the bag just as a remembrance. I’ve been trying to do that on many of my “first” projects. This bag turned out lovely! I am grateful to having a local embroidery guild that helps me learn new things.

French boutis zipper pouch

 

See more posts related to:

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Looking for more cases of the Crafties?
Stitch Club: McVetis

Stitch Club: McVetis

Admittedly, it has been a very long while since I mentioned Stitch Club, brought together by TextileArtist.org. But, as I mentioned, I do have hope that 2022 will see me exploring art much more fully, and completing Richard McVetis's workshop is proof of concept, for...

read more
#52tagshannemade 52

#52tagshannemade 52

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 52’s theme is making a little tree.

read more
#52tagshannemade 51

#52tagshannemade 51

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 51-s theme was to create a wreath.

read more
#52tagshannemade 50

#52tagshannemade 50

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 50’s theme was to add some circles.

read more
#52tagshannemade 49

#52tagshannemade 49

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 49’s theme was to catch a memory, though I went a bit off pitch.

read more
#52tagshannemade 48

#52tagshannemade 48

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 48’s was to use a sheaf stitch as a fill.

read more
#52tagshannemade 47

#52tagshannemade 47

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 47’s theme was to create a little birdie.

read more
#52tagshannemade 46

#52tagshannemade 46

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 46’s theme was to wrap some objects with threads.

read more
#52tagshannemade 45

#52tagshannemade 45

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 45’s theme was to create fireworks!

read more
#52tagshannemade 44

#52tagshannemade 44

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 44’s theme was to use cross stitching.

read more
#52tagshannemade 43

#52tagshannemade 43

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 43’s theme is to add a bit of tassel fringe, but I decided to focus just on the tassel itself.

read more
Hexie Dreams 10

Hexie Dreams 10

My fussy-cut Hexie Dreams quilt is coming along, now with about 670 hexies ready to go!

read more
Stamp + Embroidery pin

Stamp + Embroidery pin

As I mentioned before, my friend kindly took the time to stamp some fabric swatches I sent her. I wanted to experiment with this idea before investing any money in stamping myself. Though, with her repertoire of stamps, I might just request a partnership:D As a thank...

read more
#52tagshannemade 42

#52tagshannemade 42

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 42’s theme is putting tags on tags.

read more
#52tagshannemade 41

#52tagshannemade 41

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 41’s theme is a stitching theme, using “beautiful bullions”.

read more
#52tagshannemade 40

#52tagshannemade 40

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 40’s theme is “something yummy”, which I didn’t strictly follow this time.

read more
Hexie Dreams 9

Hexie Dreams 9

Fifty-seven more hexies to add to my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper peicing quilt, adding up to just over 600!

read more
Hexie Dreams 8

Hexie Dreams 8

Fifty-four more hexies to add to my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper peicing quilt!

read more
#52tagshannemade 39

#52tagshannemade 39

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 39’s theme is applique, using the bits from last week’s tag.

read more
#52tagshannemade 38

#52tagshannemade 38

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 38’s theme is reverse applique, saving the bits for next week’s tag.

read more