The next pattern from our Fall collection that we’re releasing today is a real eyecatcher, and it’s the first time we have really incorporated our love of quilting with our love of bags. It’s called Starburst, and it’s pretty obvious why we chose that name.
(Now that we think about though, maybe we should have called it Stardust, in honor of one of our favorite movies. It’s basically Princess Bride with a cross-dressing Robert De Niro… a recipe for success every time. And it’s on Netflix now, so go run along and watch it. No, seriously go watch it. We’ll be right here when you’re done.)
Okay, sorry… back to business. We knew pretty early on we wanted to make a sophisticated clutch that reminded us of 1950s elegance, but we wanted to give it our own twist. So we used a classic clutch shape and kept the body of the bag very simple so that the beautiful Starburst design could shine through. (Did you see what I did there?)
For this bag, we used two coordinating fabrics from the Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. collection for Moda (13104 and 13106) with a Riley Blake Designs Basic Shades in Teal (C-200-32).
It’s a nice sized bag – not too small, but not too big. So it could even be used for work or your daily errands if you didn’t want to save it for a special occasion or event.
For this bag, we used a home dec fabric remnant from our favorite home dec store here in Richmond, U-Fab. We think it looks very Eddie Bauer.
The pattern comes with the template to cut your Starburst design, and you decide if you want to use 1 or 2 fabrics. (Although we are just about to start making some versions with 3 – or more! – fabrics.)
The top is pieced together onto a piece of non-fusible batting because we didn’t want the flap to be too floppy (try saying that 5 times fast).
Starburst features a magnetic snap closure and includes an inner zipper pocket as well.
This bag looks even more striking in bold solids. Seriously, how great is this look??
Like we mentioned earlier, you really could go crazy with this versatile pattern. Think rainbow or neon solids… cue the bad Photoshopping… now!
Or vintage or ethnic prints….
You could also go scrap happy and make a crazy quilt version. The possibilities are endless, and we have lots of fun ideas floating around in our heads that we plan to sew up and then share pictures with you.
Come back in a few weeks when we release the final pattern from our Fall collection – a mod 1960s inspired bowler bag!