What I’m working on 1 (blog-a-day challenge, day 11)

OK, I might be taking a slight chance with this but here goes. I’ve been developing an idea in my head for a purse made entirely of 8″ Spoonflower swatches. I think it’ll work, because I have made up a few handbag designs before, but I’m not 100% sure.  I will probably have to make some tweaks along the way.

Anyway, I thought I’d write about this project as I went along.

First, I figured I’d need around 10-11 swatches. I think it’ll require the following swatches:

  • 2 – sides
  • 1 – flap
  • 1 – depth*
  • 1 – interior pocket
  • 3 –  lining
  • 3 – strap

I may be off by a couple swatches, but this is a good start. Below are the ones I chose. Some look more coordinated than others, but I figure I can make them work as some will be visible on the outside, and some only in the liner. And besides, I prefer not to make things too matchy-matchy.

swatch purse fabric rough cut

Next I ironed the swatches, then cut them to 8″ on each edge. Note here that the printed part is not always exactly 8″, so I did leave white edges on where necessary. The white edges will be hidden in the seam allowance.

swatch purse 8 inch cut

FYI: I’m not going to link each one separately, but these fabrics are either for sale in my Spoonflower shop, or waiting for me to tweak and put for sale. Feel free to contact me if you’d like more information.

That’s it for today – more soon. Thanks for stopping by!

*I think there might be an official name for this, but I can’t recall offhand what it is.



Published by lalalamonique

Artist and fabric designer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY State.

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