May 4, 2013
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When you sew, what do you do with your fabric trimmings and thread ends? Do
you reach for a trash can? Mine is too far away -- I can't put it as close to me as I want,
because it gets in the way of my desk's drawers. Instead, I keep a scrap bag right on my
sewing desk. It is very handy.
The Fancy Swirl on the scrap bag is one you haven't seen before. It has 15 loops
like some others, but each half of a loop is its own color. The progression of colors
follows rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. As you may know, I
am very fond of this color arrangement. I call this design V_split_15_6-color. I used
the 120x120 mm size for the bag.
This new design is available individually, and in various design packs. As the name
suggests, the Fancy Swirls Complete Set includes all the swirl designs. Click here
to see a design set that includes all the designs in a single size. Choose the size in the drop
down window at right; the designs available in that size will be shown. There is also a set
that includes this design in all 5 sizes: 100x100, 120x120, 150x150, 200x200, and 350x360 mm.
For those of you who purchased the Complete Set before I added the new design, this
design pack is the most economical way to augment your collection. The other swirls
are also available in multi-size design packs. Only the 15-loop designs include the
350x360 mm hoop size. Read my Guide to Fancy Swirls and Fancy Swirls Stitch Counts
for more information. The latter document also explains the names for the designs.
The instructions and pattern for the scrap bag are available here. If you want to
hang your scrap bag from a hook, add a loop to the top of the bag back. You can also
add a tab to that edge, and then attach a pin cushion.