How To Create Your Own Modern Purses (Part 1)

If you’ve been hanging with me long enough you know I do love creating Quirky modern and abstract designs for my quilted fiber art and purses.

My method is off the cuff – and very liberating.

Sometimes it’s fun to ditch the “rules”!.

You just dive into a pile of fabric and sew there isn’t any right or wrong way to do it.

Today I want to share Step 1 for this modern custom purse I just completed.

The first step, making the fabric base, is pretty straightforward.

What You’ll need to get started are two different Fabrics
And of course a Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat.

Fabrics for Clutch Purse
Start With Two Fabrics.
I used the Dark Blue for the MC and the Print as my CC.

A Fat quarter of each works nicely and gives you wiggle room with the contrasting fabric.

When you’ve completed the entire process you’ll be able to make a Clutch purse like the one pictured and have some fabric left over to make a smaller on the go bag.

Let’s Get Started!

  1. Cut MC into 4″ – 6″ wide strips X the length of fabric
  2. Creating The Backing
    Step 1
  3. Cut at least 8 strips from CC, 2″ – 3″ wides strips X Length of Fabric
  4. Cut Contrasting Color into narrow strips
    Step 2
  5. Beginning with the MC sew the strips together, alternating between MC and CC. Make sure the MC is on the outsides of the piece, save the leftover CC for step 5.
  6. Sew pieces together alternating the Main Color and The Contrasting Color
    Step 3
  7. Turn the piece so sideways, the strips of fabric are horizontal. Cut fabric in varying widths between 4″ and 6”. Don’t worry if the last piece is less then 4″, it’ll all work out just fine! These are the pieced units.
  8. Turn the piece sideways and cut again
    Step 4
  9. Beginning with the pieced units sew the strips together, alternating between pieced units and CC strips. Make sure the pieced units are on the outside.
  10. The final result of step one of making the Abstract one of a kind purse
    Step 5

Your base fabric is now complete….next time we’ll really get wild! 🙂

Not a purse maker? The base fabric is perfect to use as an appliqué background, contemporary wall art, or placemats.

Have fun!

Break the rules.

Adele, Blogging the Creative Life

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This is the beginning of the steps I take to create a one of a kind quilted purse.   Follow along and download your quick guides and you'll be able to create a modern stylish clutch purse too.

How to Make a One of a Kind clutch Purse
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How to Make a One of a Kind clutch Purse
This is the first in a series of posts that will show you how to make a fun and funky styled clutch purse.
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Adele Mogavero - Del~Lillian's


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