Small changes can have big effects

Small changes can have big affects

Small changes can have big affects…

The benefit of making your own creations is that you can truly personalise the make to be a reflection of your personal taste or to the materials you have available. I have written before about patterns not being the law and how you can reuse an existing pattern and make small changes to give a very different end result. My latest project is a fantastic example of this.

At the weekend Gemma found an off cut of Kath Kidson oil cloth which we had left over from some kids craft mats, rather than it taking up valuable space in my fabric stash I decided to turn it into a wash bag.

In December I made an elegant linen make up bag, rather than looking for a new pattern I reused the same pattern with 2 key changes to create a very different style. 

Change 1: The fabric choice.

I moved far down the fabric spectrum from pale soft linen to firm, waterproof oil cloth with a vibrant colour.

Change 2: Removing the pleat.

In the original make I added a pretty pleat in the centre of the bag, this works perfectly with linen but not ideal for a more structured fabric.  I followed the same process as the original bag but ignored steps 2 and 3.

So what do you think? Why don’t you think back to a recent project that you have made and decide on two alterations from the original pattern. Then give it a go, remake it and see what personalised effect you can create?

If you do fancy giving the bag a try you can follow the tutorial here.

Happy Stitching!

Matt Chapple, winner of the Great British Sewing Bee Matt

The stitcher. A magnet for foolery & prankster at heart. Loves being creative, whether with some wood and a saw or with a needle and thread. Attempts to disguise his past time activities as manly pursuits, but is actually pretty handy at sewing!


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