Happy New Year!
This is my first sewing project for 2015 as it coincides with the North American premiere of Downton Abbey Season 5. Sometime ago, a friend gave my husband a very large needlepoint that was otherwise headed to the curb.
I always feel sad when I see needle points on the curb or at the thrifts – that sort of sad crafters’ graveyard feeling (you might know it). I have wanted to try a needle point repurpose project for ages - especially since this one was in exceptional condition and a good size. From time to time, I have seen some clever repurposed needle point totes on Etsy and at Anthropologie.
I cut up the needle point into four sections and used the Jane Market Bag pattern. The center panel is fabric from the most recent Downton Abbey fabric collection (purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop).
The bag came together very well, but I broke 3 needles putting on the straps. I then changed to titanium needles and that worked much better given the thick layers.
Happy crafting and enjoy season 5. Will Lady Edith find happiness?