Type of item: Accessory
Style: Traditional, Whimsical, Funky, Casual
Various patterns of tapestries, eyelash yarns, buttons, braid trim and batting and cotton lining.
What was your inspiration?
I had a drapery business for almost 9 years and I had all these beautiful fabric samples left over. So I thought I would make my own fabric from squares, then it turned into this bag. I still have plenty more tapestries left, so I am going to share some of them with my little quilting group and show them how to make a bag that is large and sturdy like this one.
What are you most proud of?
I love the colors and I love to arrange each square so they will look nice. And I love decorating the bags with the cording, all kinds, and on this one I had fun adding buttons. Some of them came from New York City. I shopped for buttons in the garment district while my husband attended meetings. So I guess I am proud of the way it all came together with color and trimmings.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I bought some of the quilter's grid interfacing and laid my blocks out on that and they went together much neater. In fact, I love to use quilter's grid for cottons, and it will make perfect squares. Using the tapestry took a little more attention, however, because some of the fabrics were into the upholstery thicknesses. But I still used some of them, anyway.