I love choosing fabrics – from colourful, cheery prints to sophisticated and smooth to the touch. Going to the fabric shop or market is a very pleasurable way to spend the day – deciding between them is the hardest part. Fun characters and versatile patterns always work well.
Meadow Stitch bags are made to be loved and well used. That’s why I choose hardwearing fabrics. Most of them are new, some are repurposed for a new lease of life.
The right fabric for the right product
When it comes to choosing fabrics you need to pick the right one for the job so it helps to have an end product in mind.
For rucksacks I choose hard wearing thick canvas or preloved denim. They are as washable as they are wearable.
Curtain fabric is what I usually use when making shopping bags and drawstring bags. I prefer to see, touch and feel them in person so that I know they are right for the job. Of course this means leisurely trips to the fabric shop and being inspired by the choices available.
When it comes to smaller bags, pencil cases and purses, the fabrics I use still tend to be the thicker cottons (home decor weight), but with a smaller sized pattern or plain colour. The last thing you want is half a head or just a tail on your purse or child’s bag! I like to use craft cottons with fun characters to enhance these smaller items using an applique technique.
Taking a flat piece of fabric and transforming it, through sewing, into something that will be loved and well used is all part of the magic.