Sharon from KS
While I haven't made a quilt from Crown Royal bags, I do have a good deal of experience sewing with them. I am an member of a Mardi Gras krewe and one year decided that I wanted a vest made out of Crown Royal bags to wear to parades and parties. I saved about 3 dozen bags and carefully cut them apart. I saved every piece of the bag. I ironed each piece flat and stitched them together into pieces of fabric that were big enough to cut out my pattern pieces. To help make the most of the bags, I used the back part (without the embroidery) to cut squares that went in between the embroidered parts. I made the vest as the pattern instructions called for, lining it with a purple satin fabric. I used the gold drawstrings from the bag to make a looped fringe to trim the collar of the vest. I even used one of the drawstring parts of a bag to make a drawstring at the back of the vest (where a buckle would be on a man's vest). I got SO MANY compliments on my vest! I kept saving Crown Royal bags and the next year I made a beautiful shawl to go with the vest -I used the same construction techniques and lined it with the same purple satin. I wear my vest and shawl with black slacks and a black blouse for casual parties and functions, and I've even worn them with a long black skirt and evening blouse for a Mardi Gras ball. A friend of mine made me a Mardi Gras necklace using the caps from the Crown Royal bottles, along with a tiny Crown Royal bottle. And, of course, I don't have to worry about what purse to use... a Crown Royal bag matches perfectly!
A note: I am an experienced sewer and I don't think that this kind of project is a good one for a beginner. Also, the fabric that Crown Royal bags are made of is not very high quality and would not hold up well with lots of heavy use or regular washing. I have my garments dry cleaned to keep them looking their best. (11/11/2005)
I am making one now. I am using the Drunkards Path pattern. It required making the template smaller. So more bags and material is required. I will post picture when I can on my space. I will let everyone know where to check it out. Thanks. (01/30/2007)
I have made several quilts out of the bags using the front of the bag for the top and the back of the bag for the bottom, I also made matching body hug pillow cases using the bags, They were beautiful and sell really well.
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