Someone I know loves hares.  Her husband commented he felt she had enough hares around the house now (hare pictures, hare sculptures, hare cushions!).  However she has had a fantastic year during which she has lost 6 stone in weight and been an inspiration to me.  She is celebrating both this and her 40th birthday next month, so I decided to make her some 'portable' hares in the form of a tote bag!

An artist friend did a sketch for me which I traced and stitched with free motion machine embroidery on artists's canvas.  I then used recycled wool tweed from a collection of skirts (donated by my MIL) to piece the rest of the panel together and added some decorative machine stitching.

For the back I chose a silouette of boxing hares for raw edge applique onto another piece of artists canvas then pieced the rest of the panel to match the front.  The handles were recycled from a jute (burlap) shopping bag.

I did buy new for the lining, from my local patchwork shop.  I added some useful (I hope) divided slip and pen pockets on one side, and a zipped pocket with a key leash on the other side.  I also added some fusible fleece to pad it out in case she wanted to carry a tablet or device.

I'm pleased with the result, I hope she will be.


  • I used techniques I learnt from making bags by Chris Welsh ( to make the slip pockets. They were pieced together from recycled wool tweed to make two slip pockets, two pen pockets and a central bellows pocket, with a faux binding.

    Mock binding on slip pockets

    6 years ago
  • This was quite a challenge as I was following sketch lines rather than my own interpretation.  I used black in the top and grey in the bobbin

    6 years ago

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