1.26.2009

Fat Quarter Purse Tutorial


My first Spoonflower fat quarter arrived today! I was really pleased that my first fabric turned out really lovely. I didn't have any problems with color, and the quality of the fabric is very nice.

They recommend you order swatches before you buy a lot of fabric, but I hated to have to wait all that time to see my fabric, and then only have a swatch - so I went with a fat quarter. In the meantime, I tried to figure out what to do with my first self-designed fabric, and I came up with a purse pattern that uses precisely one fat quarter. It's a sling purse, with zipper, lining, and an adjustable strap.



So, I made my pattern into a little pdf tutorial (another first for me!) for any of you wondering what to do with your fat quarters. The tutorial is now available for a small fee in my etsy shop.

Update - the pattern has been reformatted to a four page pdf, so it prints nicely on regular paper.

Made one? I'd love to see: Add it to the wewilsons pattern pool.

35 comments:

Julie said...

This is adorable! I'll probably have to make one. And I've been avoiding Spoonflower like the plague but I'll probably get caught in its grasp at one time or another. Thanks for sharing. You are so talented!

Cameron Blazer said...

Ah!! I saw this on the Spoonflower Flickr group--it is so adorable! And you are so generous to share your pattern with the world. I can't wait to try it...

LollyChops said...

This is completely fabulous! I too have only ordered little fat quarters and this purse is the perfect project for them! Thanks so much for the share!

Carmen said...

Awesome toutorial! Thank you so much for sharing! And your fabric design is beautiful! congratulations!

Lavon said...

Love the tutorial. Your fabrics are wonderful.

I am still trying to figure out how to make the patterns to upload to spoonflower. I am some great ideas in my head and I have even drawn some designs but I cant figure how to get them on my computer.

I am still working on it and since we got hit with an Ice storm I will have lots of time to figure it out.

Thanks for the tutorial and the Idea of getting a Fat quarter instead of a swatch.

Laurel said...

thank you! i just bought a fat quarter with the intent of making a bag, and LOVED your pattern. =)

Deb said...

Beautiful bag -- thank you so much for sharing the pattern!!!

Tina said...

so cute!! I can't wait to try this pattern, it'll be my very first bag. =D

Teri said...

Thanks so much for the pattern. Very cute bag......off to find fat quarters in my stash:)

GeorgiaPeachez said...

This is fabulous! Thanks for coming up with such a great design and for sharing it! xo, suzy

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, this is fantastic! the bag is gorgeous, I'm so excited about trying this! I'll be linking as well.

casserole said...

This is such a great bag! I love that it's made from a fat quarter, as that is how I hoard most of my fabrics.

I blogged your tutorial from Craft Gossip sewing blog:

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-purse-from-a-fat-quarter/2009/01/28/

~Michelle~ said...

This is fantastic! Only one problem...your file share service won't let me download the pattern (says you've exceeded your bandwidth today - probably because everyone wants to download it!)...so if you would be so lovely to email me a copy, I would greatly appreciate it!

Shirley said...

What a cute bag! I like the fabric too. Very nice! You are so talented!

Terriaw said...

Great design, and I too love the fat quarter design. But I wasn't able to download the pdf file either for your tutorial. Will it still be available?

Diane said...

Would love to have your tutorial on the fat quarter purse. I too commit to smaller amounts of fabric and would love to use this on my fat quarter stash. Great purse and love the fabric.

Laurie said...

As a fellow Spoonflower addict, am so excited to try out your tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing and your fabrics is lovely!!!

Bloggers said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! I love fat quarters and try to make stuff out of them, great fabric and prices.

KelsyC said...

This is so cute! I love fat quarters! Great pattern!

veggiecath said...

It looks so cool. Great idea =D I really want to start getting into sewing but first I'm still trying to learn the basics =D If I buy a fat quarter I'll definately use this pattern :D

stephanie said...

Would love to have a copy emailed. Been looking for a new purse. =) stephsbiz [@] lycos.com

Staci K. said...

This is so cute! What a great pattern for using fat quarters. I too have been unable to download the pattern. :( If it's not too much trouble would you mind sending it too me too?

stacisews at gmail dot com

Thank you!!!

Mom2fur said...

So cute! Thanks for making and sharing the pattern. I love fat quarters and I'm always looking for fun ways to use them.

Crissy said...

I'd love to have it too! crissy_hartl@yahoo.com. Thanks :)

Lisa said...

Oh man! I stayed up till midnight to try and get this tutorial but it still says to try again tomorrow. I love this purse!

Laura said...

Sorry, Lisa. The host is on west coast time, I think.

Vonnie said...

Fabulous tute - thank you!

LisaW said...

I want to try the tutorial so bad, but when I try to order, it says it is no longer available even though your listing says there are two left. Is there a chance you might put it up for sale again.

Laura said...

There should be three separate listings available in the shop. If one says it's sold out, go to the shop page and select another listing. I'm trying to keep it stocked!

Cristy said...

How difficult do you think it would be to turn this into a reversible bag? You'd probably have to lose the adjustable strap, but that would also eliminate the need for D-rings. Oh, and a double sided zipper, of course. Just a thought...

Kindershop said...

Great bag, great tutorial. I had to make one. Take a look: http://kindershoponline.blogspot.com/2009/02/fat-quarter-purse.html

Jen said...

I love the bag. I popped over to your Etsy and didn't see the pattern listed. Any chance you'll list more? I ordered a bunch of fat quarters and was looking for fun things to do with them and this bag is perfect.

Flores Hayes said...

ooo... the bag is great!

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Perrine said...

Hello!
I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/form_howto.html)
Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
Thank you,
Perrine

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