The fabric that we use to make our bags can change the look of the bag completely and for some of us choosing the fabric is the most exciting part of making a bag. Below, I listed some places and websites for fabrics that are very popular in bags making as well as some examples.
Alison Glass Fabric
One of the most popular fabrics in bag making and my personal favorite is Alison Glass fabric. Alison Glass a designer from Virginia and her fabrics are handcrafted and colorful. They are also popular for quilting.
If you search in social media the hashtag #alisonglass you can see many other examples of projects made with her fabric.
Here are some examples of bags made with Alison Glass fabric:
When I saw this picture I was inspired to make my Harriet Expandable tote using the same fabrics.
Pattern: Nora Doctor Bag by Swoon Patterns
Pattern: Creative Maker Supply Cases by Sew Sweetness
Another popular fabric brand for bag making is Tula Pink:
If you search in social media the hashtag #tulapink you can see many other examples of projects made with her fabric.
These are some examples of bags made using Tula Pink fabrics:
Pattern: Lola Doomed Handbag by Swoon Patterns
Fabric: Tula Pink Chipper Fox Nap (available in different colors)
Pattern: Olive Vanity Bag by Swoon Patterns
Fabric: Tula Pink Chipper Chipmunk (available in different colors)
Pattern: Crimson and Clover Train Cases by Sew Sweetness
Fabric: Tula Pink Elizabeth Bats (top)
Tula Pink Elizabeth Chain Mail (middle)
Tula Pink Elizabeth Astraea (bottom)
Cotton and Steel
Cotton + Steel is another brand very popular in bag making, it is very colorful and has great designs.
Below are some examples of bags made using Cotton and Steel Fabric:
Pattern: Brooklyn from Swoon Patterns (BOMC 2016 – May)
Pattern: Vivian Handbag & Traveler from Swoon Patterns
Fabric: Cotton + Steel Mustang Print
Another popular fabric in bag making is Cork. Cork comes in different colors, prints, and textures.
Here are some examples of bags made using Cork, they look gorgeous!
Pattern: Coalition Bag by Sew Sweetness (BOMC 2016 Oct)
Pattern: Dollie Mini Crossbody – FREE Pattern from Swoon Patterns
If you would like your bag to make a statement, Glitter Vinyl is for you. Glitter Vinyl is also available at Sew Sweetness.
Pattern: Blanche Barrel from Swoon Patterns
Fabric: Cotton+ Steel Bluebird Mystery Food Octopus Octopi Sarah Watts & Glitter Vinyl
The pictures used in this article were published on the pattern designers website, fabric designer website, or social media.
I hope you found inspiration for your next project!