Design Notes: Thoughts on using hand-made fabric

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclosure for more info.

One of the best things about designing and making your own fabric, is that you get to use it to make sewing projects that are unique and one-of-a-kind. So I decided to take a short break from my fabric marbling frenzy of last week, and do something with this fun fabric that I made. I love the bold design and the colors, and I like the color gradation, so all these pieces will mix and match together perfectly.

Marbling on Fabric

The problem with using hand-made fabric is that often it isn’t quite perfect enough to use on its own and the flaws and imperfections are quite noticeable and sometimes not attractive. Like this section where the paint separated and ran.

Marbling on Fabric

The solution is to cut up the fabric and sew it together again in creative ways. When the fabric is cut into pieces, the imperfections can be masked and hidden, or cut away totally.

I’m not quite sure where this sewing project is going yet, but I’m inspired by the marbled fabric to create a bag of some description. I’ve added some additional coordinating fabrics and I’m going to cut the fabrics and piece them together using free-form piecing. Once the pieced fabric is made I’ll have a better idea of what sort of bag I want to make and then I can do a rough sketch.

Things are gathered. Ready to begin. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

Marbling on Fabric