The base fabric is chambray shirting fabric. A light weight cotton is perfect and a solid, near solid, or subtle print is probably easiest to use as a base fabric. The additional patches will start to add weight, and even though this bag is small, it feels very nice to hold.
The patchwork is inspired by "Boro". This blog post is a great place to read more about this traditional Japanese patchwork. Boro is usually done in indigo fabrics, so I stuck to my blue fabric scraps. Next time I might do this in more colorful prints. I love the blue, but think it will be a good challenge for me to make this in some other colors. It's more of a composition than the pieced patchwork I've done in the past. It didn't require a lot of thought, but things did get moved around before being stitched in place.
I cut the bag body pieces out and then free hand trimmed 3 larger scraps (for each side) and stitched them to the chambray. Then smaller pieces were added on top. The fun thing about this is you can put fabrics over the top and under other patches.
The 3 main pieces I kept towards the center of the bag. Then I did make sure some patches went all the way to the edges of the bag. Others are just floating in the middle.
My basic strategy for the prints was to include some stripes, dots, and florals.
A 2.2 stitch length was used since the edges are raw and will fray. Some patches I stitched around twice because the fabric weave is loose. You can tell how tight the weave is by how visible the threads are when just looking at the surface and also how much it frays. Loose weave = lots of fraying.
To make patchwork for a pouch that is already small and has quite a few layers, I foundation piece the scraps to flannel in a Log Cabin pattern. So it's essentially the same basic idea as the Patchwork Coasters.
Here is another zip pouch I made over the weekend. There isn't a pattern (or template pieces) for this pouch, but maybe someday.
For this one I was experimenting with the darts and shape. Some squarish pouches, but with darts at the bottom, have been on my to sew list. The other day I got started, but the first one wasn't as square as I wanted. But now I've made the first one where the shape is what I envisioned :0]