I have some scraps of an antique feed sack that I decided would be perfect for a DIY primitive fall ditty bag. The feed sack has some wonderful old stains, amazing ticking stripes, and an authentic hole.
When it is finished, I will add some fall ‘greenery’ such as bittersweet and some sweet annie and hang it from the knob of my pie safe.
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Cutting the Bag:
I cut two pieces of the feed sack, each 4-1/2″ x 6″. The piece I will use for the front of the ditty bag has the hole and stripes. The back piece is plain feed sack so I can save the pin striped areas of the feed sack for another project.
Adding the Pumpkins:
My plan is to add some felted wool pumpkins but I don’t want to waste any of the felted wool. Since craft felt is so much cheaper than wool, I experimented with craft felt to find a good combination of pumpkin sizes for the ditty bag.
Once I had some pumpkin patterns that I liked, I cut the pumpkins and stems from felted wool using the felt as patterns. If you want to use my pumpkin patterns, you can find them here.
I used a small amount of craft glue to tack the pumpkins into place while I sewed them onto the bag.
Make sure to leave enough room on each edge for a quarter inch seam. I had to move the tall pumpkin over AFTER I had sewed it on.
I used 2 strands of a matching DMC embroidery floss to sew the pumpkins onto the ditty bag. I used large x’s all the way around each pumpkin.
After a little trial and error, I used 1 strand of a green DMC embroidery floss to sew the stems onto the ditty bag.
Adding the Fall Sign:
I tore a piece of cotton fabric 3-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ and raveled the edges.
I used a black permanent marker and some stencils I have to stencil the word Fall onto the cotton fabric.
Using 3 strands of the same orange embroidery floss I used before, I stitched a running stitch all the way around the Fall cotton fabric.
Assemble the Primitive Ditty Bag:
I want the edges of the bag to unravel, but not too much. To keep things in check, I stitched 1/4″ from the top edge on both the front and back pieces of the ditty bag.
I stacked and pinned the front and back pieces of the bag, wrong sides together. I stitched along the sides and bottom of the bag using a quarter inch seam.
After sewing, I started unraveling the seam allowances to give the ditty bag a frayed appearance.
Once again, using three strands of the orange embroidery floss, I stitched a running stitch around the sides and bottom of the ditty bag. I stitched this right along the machine stitched line.
This stitching is to make the bag look like it was hand sewn in a primitive way.
Finishing the Ditty Bag:
I cut an 11″ piece of rusty 20 gauge twisted wire to make a handle. I bent both ends of wire at around one inch from the ends.
On each side of the ditty bag at the top, I poked the ends of the wire onto the inside of the bag and through the back of the bag.
Then I twisted the bent over portion of the wire onto the rest of the wire.
I added some sweet annie and bittersweet berries to the bag and some dark green crinkly ribbon tied onto the handle.
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