Monday, December 7, 2009

1960's Swatch Book Turned Into Recyced Purses

I just got my hands on a big book of swatches from the 1960's. The swatches are split between coarse burlap and light cotton shirting. Each piece is now about 10 x 10 inches - I'll get to that in a moment. As you can see from the pics they are too cool to let them go to waste - no matter how small. There are about 50 squares in the batch, and of those about 40 will work for small clutches and purses. I'm dying to get these made, but at the same time I wanted to show you that inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

The woman who gave these to me thought they were trash. When I took them I didn't have any ideas. It wasn't until my boyfriend did me the "favor" of washing them - which frayed the edges, and shrunk them to 10 x 10 that I got the idea for small clutches.

I can't wait to get started on these. If you plan on going to the Atomic Holiday Bazaar in Sarasota this weekend Dec 12-13 look for them at my table. Otherwise you'll just have to wait 'til I get back for me to put them up on Etsy.

3 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see them! Wonderful fabric!

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  2. I started trying to make them into purses last night and found many of these swatches to be too small for my standard pattern. I got 12 last night. I'm going to make a new purse pattern today.

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