Today, a free pattern with a difference – there's no pattern! Well, and it's not actually free. Other than that – it's a free pattern! What on earth am I talking about? Well, I'm not making any sense because I'm just over-the-top-super-excited. You see, I made my own fabric and the fabric includes the pattern.
Here it is. Ta dah! Looks a bit odd, right? My husband saw it and said, “Well, it looks a bit patchy!”
Have you ever tried to design your own fabric? It's hard! Very hard. I'm still learning about fabric color theory. I'm certainly no graphic designer, so I started out with some easier patterns in spots and stripes. I learned how to make repeating patterns in Photoshop and used a pre-designed color palette from Design Seeds.
But rather than design just a plain piece of fabric, I wanted to design it as a pre-filled pattern piece. So the design I drew for the fabric incorporated the pattern pieces and then I filled them with the repeating design. So now I have all the fabric I need to complete 3 different pleated cosmetics bags, including the lining and some embellishments – all on the same single piece of fabric. Waste = zero. Happiness = 100%.
3 little bags. One in spots and stripes, one floral and stripes, and one nautical.
Sewing the Pleated Cosmetics Bag Pattern
The fabric is available in the Spoonflower shop, so if you like these and want to sew your own, you can buy this fabric here. Buy either the basic combed cotton or the Kona cotton 42 inch wide version. It comes in a one yard piece, exactly as you see it above.
Cut out around the pattern pieces. Match up the outer with the co-ordinating lining, or mix and match if you prefer.
You can follow along and see how quick and easy it is to sew the perfect little bag from this fabric in this video. If you've sewn a zipper bag like this before, you probably don't even need to watch. It's quick and easy!
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And here they are. The 3 cute little bags you can make from this piece of fabric, pattern pieces incorporated. The appliques are optional of course.
I had a blast designing my own fabric and the bag pattern right onto the fabric itself. Have you ever tried it? What do you think of this as an idea?
How about using this for applique ideas? Seasonal rug mugs and table runners? Christmas items? Just cut out and sew! No need to hunt around for scraps of the right fabrics.
Would you be interested in seeing more bag patterns, or other patterns, available right on the fabric like this? Just order and sew and you're good to go!