Making an artful purse takes time, but it is all well worth it when it’s done.
I know What we now have after step 2 looks like…well kind of a mess, doesn’t it.
You might be thinking it can’t really turn into anything cool, let alone a purse that is worthy to be called wearable art!
Magic will happen with just a few simple appliques.
I’m not saying that you have to limit yourself to circles either.
But I lean towards a circular shape for a couple of reasons.
- Ease of appliqué
- It gives the eye a break from all the angular cuts.
You can make your circles using this handy Fiskars Fabric Circle Cutter
- Use some plastic container lids for templates
- trace around them with a pencil,
- Cut out your shapes
Either method works well.
Part 3 Steps for an Artful Purse
- Fabrics to contrast and coordinate with the background.
- Scraps need to be large enough to make circles from 2″ – 5″ in diameter.
- optional Fabric Circle Cutter
- Threads to match or contrast appliques
What You’ll Do
- Fuse webbing to the back of your fabric according to manufacturer’s directions
- Trace the circle shapes to the right side of fabric or use the Fiskars Fabric Circle Cutter (following manufacturer’s directions)
- Now Start “showcasing” them on your fabric.
- Once you’re satisfied. Fuse the appliqués in place.
- Using a narrow satin stitch with matching or contrasting thread and stitching close to the edge appliqué your shapes in place.
You can make circles as small or large as you like I usually make mine between 2 and 4 inches, Sometimes 5 depending on the fabrics and the project.
Make plenty of them so you have choices. I usually make a dozen or so in different sizes and colors.
Put them on the background and arrange them until you like what you see.
Step 3 of your Artful Purse
Step 3 is now complete.
You could just turn it into an abstract wall hanging or continue along with me in the making of your new purse.
See you next time!
Happy purse making 🙂
Adele, Blogging the Creative Life
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