Here is a great way to create something simple that looks difficult.
This was created with a ready made shoe bag but the technique would be the same with yardage that you are going to incorporate into any project.
Supplies for this project:
- 1 ready made white cotton bag with drawstring top. You could use 1/2 yard of white fabric instead and then make whatever you want with the resulting woven fabric.
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton. I used Chipper by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.
- 1 yard fusible knit interfacing
- June Taylor Shape Cut Ruler or a quilting ruler and marking pen
- Rotary Cutter, scissors, seam ripper.
- Twin Needle. I used a 2.5 mm 80/12
- Clover Wonder clips
- Extra bobbing to fill with your decorative thread to use with the twin needle.
Cut open the sides and bottom of the ready made bag. You may decide to use a seam ripper instead to save more of the fabric in the selvage. Stop cutting about 1 inch below the drawstring at the top of the bag.
Iron the fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Do this for each side of the bag. This will stabilize the fabric so that it will not ravel when you cut the strips and do the weaving.
Position the June Taylor Shape Cut ruler on the fabric leaving a space about 1 inch from the bottom of the drawstring at the top. Use the 1/2 inch lines for the cuts. If you do not have this ruler, then use a quilting ruler and mark and cut lines every 1/2 inch.
Iron fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of the quilting cotton.
Decide on what will be the “top” of your fabirc, Start cutting at least 1 inch below the top. I left 2 inches. Repeat the steps with the June Taylor Shape Cut ruler to cut 1/2 inch strips into the quilting cotton.
Using a surface you can pin into, place your fabrics at right angles to each other. Begin weaving the strips being sure to snug them together well as you go.
Continue weaving on the other side of the bag. Hold the ends of each strip with a wonder clip when you get to the bottom.
Carefully turn the woven fabric over so the wrong side is facing up. Cover with another layer of fusible knit interfacing. The product in my photo is Pellon Decobond which also worked just fine. It made the bag a little bit stiffer than I want yours to turn out but anything you want to use would work.
Press the fusible interfacing to the wrong side which will hold all of the woven strips in place.
I chose to use a twin needle and a serpentine stitch to cover all of the raw edges. This is where it is helpful to wind a second bobbin with your decorative thread to stitch with so that you do not need two spools of thread. Make sure to check with your machine manual on how to correctly thread for twin needle stitching.
Here is a photo of the back of the fabric. This will be the inside of the bag. Pretty cool looking stitching for the wrong side.
Place your bag right sides together and stitch the bottom and sides. You can choose to finish the edges however you would like. I used an overlock stitch on the sewing machine but a serger would have been a great choice too. Turn right side out and admire your work!