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.
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!
- Cut MC into 4″ – 6″ wide strips X the length of fabric
- Cut at least 8 strips from CC, 2″ – 3″ wides strips X Length of Fabric
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Break the rules.
Adele, Blogging the Creative Life
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