Most of my purses and bags are made with high-quality woven cotton fabric - designer quilter's cottons are the best! I also like using batiks, which are a tightly-woven cotton. I find them easy to use, they'll take the high heat I'm used to (being a quilter), and I love the novelty prints.
There is no reason, however, you can't use "fancy" fabrics with my patterns! I made this Journey Purse from upcycled fabrics supplied by my sister-in-law.
Just remember these tips to keep your fabric and sewing machine 'safe' and your purse results outstanding!
We're always trying to distinguish our black suitcase from all the other black suitcases on the luggage ramp! I've had some cute plastic ones which the baggage handlers have ripped off (accidentally or literally stolen). This tag was developed to open easily to insert your information but once it's on your suitcase it is secure.
It's easy to make and only takes a little fabric!
You can even use patchwork scraps or a contrasting fabric for the Back!!
The question my daughters have always asked me is "Where's the Lip Balm?" This easy case will solve the problem! Make it with a keyring to attach your keys or a swivel snap to clip onto a bookbag, purse, wallet, or to easily clip and remove from your keyring!
The little case is perfectly sized for a lip balm, lipstick, or even a usb drive!
It's so easy to make and they make great stocking stuffers or birthday gifts. If you're giving cash, roll a couple of dollars around a lip balm to make the cutest gift! It only uses scraps of fabric so all you need is a zipper and a keychain or hook.
A while back I had purchased a really cool packet of fat quarters - Retro Boho from Studio e. So I decided to use 5 fat quarters to make my purse (there was a little left over for other bags, too)! Scraps of favorite fabrics could also be used the same way!
I have a 54" round table in my breakfast room that fits the four of us perfectly! When my sister and my dad come to visit, we like to sit at the table but rectangular placemats won't work when there are six! So I make placemats that fit 6 perfectly at a round table.
Two different fabrics make them reversible - if you get a small spot at lunch, flip them over for dinner! I like to use cotton batting instead of polyester fleece or batting because you can then use them for hot plates (polyester may melt from the heat),