Stitch an autumn shopper

Stitch an autumn shopper


Posted 5th October


Now is the time to embrace autumn's last hurrah as leaves begin to fall, colours fade and nuts start to flourish, providing the inspiration for this month's eye-catching craft projects

1. Measure and cut two 50cm x 35cm fabric rectangles, we used a heavy cotton canvas. Place the two rectangles right sides together and pin. Stitch the two long sides and one end closed, leaving one end open.

2. Remove the pins and turn the bag right side out. Press the seams flat for a neat finish. Roll the open top end of the bag twice over inside with a 3cm fold. Press and stitch the hem closed.

3. To make the handles, cut a length of 25mmwide strong woven ribbon into two 80cmlong lengths. Fold the ends of each ribbon twice over and pin them to the top of the bag on each side. Machine stitch the ribbon on to each side of the bag.

5. Download and print our ‘Shopper’ template here.

6. Cut round the paper shapes. Pin the three leaf shapes on to a piece of green felt, cut them out, remove the templates and then snip into the sides of each leaf with scissors. Pin the two pine cone and branch templates on to brown felt. Cut round the paper shapes and remove.

7. Arrange the felt pieces on to the bag and iron in place with fusible webbing. To give the pine cones their 3D shape, cut one brown felt square into 3cm wide strips. Cut one side of each strip into a scallop edge.

8. Trim and place the scallop-shaped pieces to sit directly on top of each cone. Iron or stitch them in place.

Brown felt A4 sheet, 55p, green felt A4 sheet, 55p, 10m fusible hemming web, £3.50, all Hobbycraft.





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