Month: June 2017

5 interesting cotton fabric designs for Handbag 

Cotton is the most versatile fabric there ever is that can be used alone or blended with other fabric. It is the most popular fabric that outsells every other fabric combined. Cotton is a naturally occurring fibre obtained from cotton plant. Humankind has been actively cultivating cotton as a major cash crop for more than 7000 years. The modern technology has made it possible to create stronger cotton fibre that blends more readily with other artificial fibre to enhance durability.

Cotton fabric is usually made of knit or woven cotton fibre. The comfort offered by 100% cotton is unbeatable. When polyester is mixed with cotton, it may help with the shrinkage problem, but it makes the fabric less breathable. Fabrictime sells different types of cotton fabric to suit your art and craft projects.

Even if you are a beginner with limited sewing skills, you can get supremely creative with the humble cotton fabric. Easy to cut and sew, cotton cloth can be converted into dresses, shirts, skirts, curtains, children costumes and so much more. You can even make outerwear, work clothes and much more with heavier cotton fabric. The upholstery cotton fabric is ideal to give a unique look to your boring old furniture.

Usefulness of cotton fabric

For all types of art and craft projects, whether big or small, there is always a perfect type of cotton fabric. The following properties of cotton fabric make it an ideal material to show off your creativity:

  • Durability
  • Versatility
  • Breathability
  • Hypo allergic nature
  • Absorbent
  • Resistant to pilling
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to dye and paint
  • Easy to clean

Whether you are a DIYer or run a business selling garments, accessories and costumes, you can never go wrong by choosing the cotton fabric. Fabrictime sells cotton fabric in a multitude of colours and patterns. You are literally spoiled for choices when you use the online cotton fabric store.

One of the biggest reasons for the versatility of the cotton fabric is its absorbent characteristic. In hot and humid weather, cotton absorbs sweat and lets the moisture to evaporate, thus keeping you cool. In winter, the dry cotton fabric keeps the heat inside, keeping you warm. It is one of the fabric that can be worn all the year round irrespective of the weather conditions. It is also inexpensive and everyone with a penchant for fashion can easily create something unique and stylish out of cotton fabric. There are numerous ideas to convert cotton scraps into easy craft projects.

Choose the right fabric for your project

The success of your DIY cotton project truly depends on the quality of fabric you choose. Fabrictime sells the best quality cotton fabric for different needs. Before shopping for fabric, determine your art project and understand the type of fabric you need. Cotton fabric is prone to shrinkage and this should be kept in mind while choosing printed fabric. At Fabrictime, we sell true on-grain printed fabric to ensure that the pattern isn’t skewered after a couple of washes.

To prepare the cotton fabric for your art project, wash the fabric first just the way you wash the finish garment later. You can then iron the fabric once to ensure that the washed fabric is on-grain. This will help you to ensure that the patterns you create stay fresh even after multiple washes later. This is especially important when you want to create dresses and garments from cotton fabric.

There are no special rules for sewing cotton fabric. You have to choose the sewing needle based on the weight of the fabric. Before starting your project, test-stitch a fabric scrap to ensure that your dream project looks just like you want it. The thread you choose for your sewing project should also match the fabric fibre. It is best to choose cotton wrapped polyester thread.

  1. Cotton tote bag

 

Making a tote bag out of cotton fabric is straightforward and simple. You need to assemble about ½ yard of cotton fabric along with ½ yard of complementary fabric for inner lining. You also need ½ yard of heavy fusible interfacing fabric. Gather fabric scissors, sewing machine, thread and a 42” canvas strap to start working. Cut out two 18” X 14” rectangles of interfacing, fabric and liner. Cut the canvas strips into two halves. Along the length of all fabric, cut a 2” x 2” square for the bottom. Add the interfacing and sew the sides. Pinch the gaps along the snipped corners and create a ½” seam. This will create some depth to the final bag. Tuck the canvas straps and sew everything together. Turn the tote back right side out and finish the top stitch.

  1. Messenger bag

 

To make a messenger bag, you need 1 yard each of main cotton fabric, coordinating fabric and fusible interlacing preferably made of fleece. Cut 17” x 15” of fabric from main fabric, coordinating fabric and lining for the front. The back of the bag will be of same width, but length should be 26”. Cut 2 4” x 45” fabric from all fabric for the strap and sides. You can cut additional fabric for inner pocket if you want. Sew 1 45” inch pieces of each two main fabrics along with interfacing. Sew along each side and finish with top stitch. Along the front piece of the main fabric, put the other 45” strip of inner fabric and interfacing. Sew around and repeat with the back piece. Keep the outer fabric right side out and inner fabric inside out. Math the seams and tuck the straps between the two layers of the bag. Turn the outside part right side out and finish top stitching.

  1. Pencil case

 

Get ¼ yard of coordinating fabrics, 9” zipper and scissors for fabric cutting. Cut two 9.5” x 5.5” rectangles from each of the fabric. Lay your zipper on the inner fabric with zipper top facing upwards. Keep the outer fabric right side down on top of the zipper. Stitch along the zipper edges. Repeat with the other side of the zipper with inner fabric below the zipper and outer fabric on the top facing down. Sew along the other side of the zipper. Now lay the right sides of main fabric touching each other with inner lining sandwiched between. Sew along the length. Then, lay the fabric in such a way that the zipper is in the middle. Sew the short ends. Pinch to form a triangle on the four corners and sew along. Snip off excess and turn the bag right side out.

  1. Ruffle tote bag

 

If you don’t have the time or patience to create an actual tote bag, but want to customize your regular craft store tote bag, it is possible with cotton fabric. Simply cut ¼ yard of 3 coordinating fabrics for the ruffles. Assemble 1-2 yards of coordinating ribbon. Cut 7” x 45” rectangles from your fabrics. Hem along the long edges of all the fabrics folding about ½”. Create a ruffle by running a baste stitch along one of the hems and gently pull the thread sliding the fabric to create a ruffle. Ensure that the ruffle fabric is at least an inch bigger than twice the width of your tote bag. Fold the ruffle in half and sew the short ends to form a ruffle loop. Attach the ruffle loop to the bottom first. Move on to the other two ruffle pieces and layer those on top.

  1. Diaper carrier bag

 

Get fat quarters of 2 coordinating fabrics or regular 1/4 yard and Velcro. Cut two large pieces following the pattern for creating a bag with flap. Make 4 pieces out of the 2 fabrics for front and back. Sew the front and back pieces separately. Place one piece of Velcro on the front portion of the main fabric. Then place another piece of Velcro on the inside fabric of the back piece. Put the right sides of the fabric together and sew along bottom and sides. Turn the inner and outer fabric properly and finish with top stitch.

Caring for cotton fabric

Cotton is extremely easy to maintain and you can simply toss it in the washing machine for a thorough cleaning. You should wash cotton frequently because the fabric is absorbent and it can pick up dirt easily. White cotton fabric can be washed in hot water. You can even boil and sterilize the fabric. Medium colours can be washed best in warm water. It is ideal to wash dark colours in cold water to retain freshness of the fabric. When you choose cotton fabric, it is best to choose tighter weaves that won’t shrink greatly. Looser weaves on the other hand are cheap and they shrink when washed in warm water. Dry cleaning may be required depending on the embellishments used in the finished product.