Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making

Hello everyone!! I’m here today participating in the Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making! Yayy!!

I’m pretty excited about this challenge because I started my sewing journey with a tote bag. My daughter taught me how to sew a tote bag. I was so excited to see the finished bag. I held it up next to my daughter’s bag and laughed so hard. My handles were all wrong. My daughter said, “Mom, don’t worry, it can go on your bike handles.” I laughed even harder because I didn’t own a bike.

Since that day, I’ve been making bags and loving it.

Take a look at my mini bag:


This mini bag perfect for my daughter. Her keys, money, and ID can fit in this mini bag when we are going out. Now she can put her belonging in my bag and find them when she needs them, LOL!

sashiko stitching back

Bag Elements:

I used 5 different fabric patterns. Matching up the different fabrics was fun, and I need to do it more often.

The lining is just a cute as the outside of the bag.

Inside of the bag

I learned how to do Sashiko stitching some time ago. I love adding it to different projects. It was a must for this one. It adds texture and dimension.

Aurifil thread is perfect for a bag like this. The different thread weights create the texture.

The beaded zipper pull is a fun element that matches the fabric perfectly.


Take a Closer Look:

Sashiko stitiching

sashiko stitching back

Making this bag was fun and took no time at all. I want to make a bigger version and possibly add a wristlet. Now that would be cute.

Pattern found in the Making No. 6 Magazine.

Thanks for stopping by!

How to Create a Set of Sashiko Mug Rugs with Aurifil 12wt Thread

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here today to show you how to create a set of sashiko mug rugs with Aurifil 12wt thread.

I’ve had some recent bumps in the road, but I’m on the mend in the right direction. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I’ve promised myself to catch up slowly, and that is what I intend to do!!

Today, it’s all about hand-stitching. It’s comfortable and therapeutic to do, especially if getting to your sewing machine isn’t an option at the moment.

Take a look at my brand new Sashiko Mug Rugs:

sashiko mu rug - aurifil 12wt thread

Such beautiful patterns that would look amazing on any coffee table.

I love using Auriful’s 12wt thread because it’s thick and stands out against this pretty blue fabric.

Aurifil 12wt Thread info:

It is the heaviest weight thread that Aurifil offer and is perfect for:

-hand applique
-hand embroidery
-hand quilting
-cross stitch
-handmade lace
-machine applique
-blanket stitch
-machine embroidery (especially for designs that use a longer stitch length)
-machine art quilting
-lower looper serging
-longarm quilting (which I hope to do someday soon).

Imagine all of those projects that this thread is perfect for. Let me show you how I used it on my project.

Materials Needed:

Aurifil 12wt thread white
Sashiko panels
Sashiko needle
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
White Linen Fabric
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Point Turner

Finished size:

5.75 inches by 5.75 inches

Here’s how I created these mug rugs:

Choose which sashiko panels you want to use.

sashiko panels

Thread your needle with Aurifil 12wt thread and tie a knot on both stands.

Stitch using double strands.

Follow the stitch lines on the panel for accuracy.

stitch each line

Once the entire piece is completed, place it on top of the fusible fleece interfacing and square up each panel.

Adhere the fusible interfacing to the panel with the iron.

Lay the sashiko panel right sides together with linen fabric and pin.

Machine stitch or hand-stitch all four sides together, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

machine stitch-BERNINA 570QEE

Once all four sides are stitch, turn the mug rug inside out.

Use a point turner to poke out the corners.

pushing out the corners

Turn in the opening and hand-stitch it close using the 12wt thread.

hand-stitch closure

Iron the mug rug to flatten it and take out any creases.


aurifil 12wt thread

aurifil 12wt thread

Aurifil 12wt thread

Here’s my niece using a set of these mug rugs:

Supplies Used:

12wt thread small spoolsashiko panelsBernina 570QE


Thank you so much for stopping by!