Friday, July 15, 2016

Sewing with Handwoven Fabric

Yesterday I had a comment on my post asking if the Becca Bag could be made with my handwoven fabric without too much difficulty.  Of course, that seemed like a great challenge to attempt.
I had a piece of handwoven fabric that was already partially used in another project.  There was almost enough left.  So I changed the pattern dimensions just a bit.

I took the handwoven and added a cotton fabric band at the top and fused it to the fusible fleece.  Then I cut it to size. This helped to stabilize the handwoven so I could do a little less "prep work" on it prior to cutting.
I sewed - and sewed for a while.  I sorta  followed the directions, but I may have left out a step or two. In my defense, it was after supper when I started.
I discovered that the handwoven adds even more bulk to some seams that are already bulky.  I was glad I didn't use the Soft and Stable for it.  I love the Soft and Stable but it also adds a bit more bulk than the fleece in my opinion. On the other hand, the Soft and Stable adds a "firmer" finish to your project.

Other than the bulkier seams, the handwoven worked well.
Here is the bag:

                     You get to see both sides since the handwoven is different on each side.

The one undesirable thing I noticed using my handwoven for this:  The bag is not as firm as the one made with all quilting cotton.  But then part of that may be that I made it taller - and I made the width less due to the size of my handwoven fabric.

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kathyinozarks said...

Love it Gene, I think it is awesome to sew up your handwovens into something useful I am hoping to get serious again about my weaving before winter sets in here-I have so many projects in mind just not enough time it seems

Marlene said...

That's wonderful to see Gene. The bag making course I purchased via your link was with the intent to use up smaller pieces of handwoven left over after sewing garments. So nice to see that yours was so successful. I'll try making up my pattern first in commercial fabric before I dare tackle it with the trickier handwoven.

Barbara said...

Very nice! One of a kind for certain!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

WOW! I like the look of that bag in your handwoven fabric - VERY nice!! - ;))

Vicki W said...

Very nice!