Recycled Upholstery Swatch Bags
Added Oct 22, 2008
Syracuse, New Yo...
I made a variety of handbags from the Jocole Square-Bottom Bag pattern using upholstery swatches. A friend of mine works at a furniture store, and when a company discontinues a fabric for their furniture, those swatches are removed from the sample collection. Instead of throwing them out, my friend collects them and gives them to me!
Each bag can use as many as 7 or 8 upholstery samples, depending on the size of the sample and whether I resize the bag pattern. I often piece the swatches together to make larger panels, such as on the zebra purse outside, the earth-tone circles purse lining, or the grey-green purse straps.
In order to give extra stability to the bottom of the bag, I insert a medium-weight plastic rectangle that I cut out of the packaging of some camisoles I bought!
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Upholstery swatches of discontinued furniture fabrics
heavy fuseable interfacing (some is from my mother-in-law who had it leftover from a previous project, so it’s “recycled”, too!)
plastic (recycled from packaging)
ribbon (on the zebra-pattern bag)
Jocole Square Bottom Bag pattern, #16001