>Lots of people like to window shop online. It’s fun, free, and your feet don’t get tired! The main thing I shop for online is fabric. The types of fabrics I find most interesting and inspiring are mostly vintage materials, which I find on ebay or at estate sales (when I’m lucky enough to be able to get to one!) The hunt for authentic barkcloth, in a pattern I like, at a reasonable price, is a favorite break-time activity.

I just love my most recent barkcloth finds and thought I’d share some of them with you!

This fabric I’ve already used for beautiful purse (custom order) and have cut out a jacket for another order.

I found this pretty grey/pink color way of the same fabric I just used for the messenger bag! One of my sons’ girlfriend has already ordered the messenger bag in this one. Just need to find some great lining fabric!

I’m not sure if this one is really barkcloth, but it’s the same type of texture. The little country scenes are so cute–can’t wait to applique some of it on some denim pieces!

This is my grand prize (for now!) Some real Grandma Moses “Springtime on the farm” panels. It hasn’t even arrived in the mail yet, can’t wait to see it! It will be great for jackets. I’ll have to see it in person to really formulate some ideas.

Barkcloth florals are pretty easy to find, but the rural, farm-type scenes are much harder to come by. So finding and using them in creative ways has become my little “niche” in the handmade market.

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This summer I was given the opportunity ( by another Artfire artisan) to submit something for a silent auction at the American Business Women’s Association convention at the end of this month. Paula was collecting Artfire items to put in a bag—I jumped at the chance to make THE BAG!

I’ve been buying some gorgeous vintage barkcloth this summer and thought the brown and turquoise would be beautiful for fall. I did buy some commercial cotton for the lining because I didn’t have anything to match.

I designed the bag around the print on the fabric. This created a rather large bag, so I measured my laptop to make sure it would fit, as long as it was going to be that large. The bottom of the bag is firm and padded, so it’s “laptop friendly”. It’s also a great size for a diaper bag or just a general tote.

There are pockets inside and out and the top zips closed—should be very nice to use.

The button on the flap is my favorite button in my collection–it’s from my grandmother’s estate. It just looked TOO GOOD to not put on this bag!
I’m very pleased with the results and have posted it in my Artfire studio, as I can create more such bags if they are custom ordered.