I dropped into a local home furnishing fabric shop this week and rifled through their bolt end bins for some inspiration. I’m not into formulaic handmade bags and although I often make a series of bags with the same basic form I like to mix it up with different fabrics, patterns and accents. So a bin of odds and ends of fabric is a great kick starter for ideas.
Surprisingly it was a $3 sample swatch of faux leather that got my creative ideas flowing.
I loved the colours and the fabric had a lovely suppleness to it that meant it would sew well but the swatches where only a couple of inches so what could I do with them??
I was sorting through my handmade stamps later that day when I hit on the idea of combining the two as an accent patch on some of my little black bags.
So here’s the result
You can check them out in my Etsy shop for more pics.
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Small patchworks checkers might work well too, little squares making a larger shape (probably fiddly though).
Far too fiddly for a quick project girl like me!
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Such a cool idea and those bags are really nice with the fabric ends adding a nice touch. Sometimes we find inspiration in the oddest of places.
Very true. A selvedge just inspired a new bag!