I love jade, and if I wasn’t spending all my extra money on pretty fabrics, I’d probably be spending it on on jade jewelry. I’m part of a forum for ladies who love jade and I’ve gotten to be good friends with a few of the members. A bunch of them got together and got me a gift when the Grub was born and it was the sweetest thing ever! It’s so amazing how the internet can bring people together, and it is awesome. =D
I’m on a roll with the thank you gifts so for my dear jade sisters, I wanted to make some bangle bags for them to carry their bangles when traveling. I used this bag tutorial by KAU UZÊDA and made some small modifications.
I needed to make 3 bags so I knew I was going to need a fair bit of fabric. I had just purchased a fatquarter set of Scarborough Fair by Robyn Pandolph which was perfect. I love the pastel vintage-y feel of these fabrics and it ended up working great for these bags.
I was going to make each bag with 5 bangle pouches but 5 just looked to be too many so I went with 4.
In the bottom of each pouch, I put an elastic loop and a button to loop the elastic around to secure the bangle. Jade is actually a very hard stone and I know these pouches will be used mostly to hold jade bangles, but I didn’t want to take the risk of damaging them, so I made sure to use plastic buttons. I have a lot of Chinese knotting thread sitting around, so I used that for the pouch ties.
I decided to try for a scrappy look on the cover and assembled strips of the fabric, finishing it off with some simple crosshatch quilting and bias binding. I added magnetic snaps for closures and handles.
I took all the leftover pouches and made a 4th bag. This one ended up being all green since I ran out of the other colors. I love green so this one is probably going to be mine.
And the finished bangle bags.
I really liked how these came out! If there is any interest, I might make a few more to sell. After Halloween though. I still gotta finish Halloween costumes for The Brood…