Patchworking, in my mind, is an American craft. It makes me think of colonial women stitching together tiny scraps of fabric, or women swapping elaborate blocks at a quilting bee. For a long time I’ve wanted to try, and so I sewed myself this tote bag. As expected, patchwork is time consuming due to all the cutting out (done with scissors as I don’t own a rotary cutter) and ironing. Yes, there’s some seam puckering, but for a first attempt it’s not too shabby.