So, I had all these swatches of Sari Silk lying around and I felt that it was kind of a waste. But anyone who has worked with Sari Silk knows that ripping back either makes a hairy scary mess of the yarn or you end up with tangled knots. So I came up with this idea to use up my swatches and some leftovers from projects.
Leftover Swatches of any kind really (I used Sari Silk)
Left over Yarn from other projects ( I used Sari Silk and Some Wool)
5 mm Hook or suitable hook for your weight of Yarn
Leftover Material to line your bag if desired
Optional Button for Closure ( lots at the thrift store)
Not really important, but I traced a rectangle and arranged the my swatches in it. Then I filled in the gaps.
My Bag is 10 inches wide by 14 inches Long (not including strap)
Once you have an idea what size bag you want Trace the shape onto a piece of paper. Start arranging the pieces inside your shape, remember to keep in mind any edging you may add or how you will join the pieces together.
1) Grab a Stitchionary, if you don't own one borrow one from your local Library. Find some "swatch or shape" patterns you like.
2) Arrange your current swatches on your traced shape. Measure for sizes of other squares, rectangles, or ? to fill in the blank areas with in your traced shape. (Keep in mind how you will be assembling your bag or if you are adding edges to your "swatches")
I used granny squares, rounds that I squared, and rectangles of stitch patterns I liked.
3) When you are happy with your pattern, start edging your swatches with a sc stitch (be sure to put 3 sc in each corner), in a color of your choice.
4) Sew your swatches together. Weave in ends.
5) Edge the top of your bag.
6) I chose a simple strap pattern of 1 row sc and 1 row hdc and repeated it. I then edged the straps and top of the bag in one continuous row with sc.
7) Add any hardware or closures!