A Feather in Umbrella Prints Trimmings

A couple of months ago I discovered one of my favorite fabric companies, Umbrella Prints was having a competition with their trimmings.  I ordered two trimmings packs and got busy making up a bag of my own design with the blue trimmings.

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge | Entropy Always Wins.


With another pack of beautiful brown and black trimmings in my possession, I couldn’t resist playing some more.  Last night without a well thought out plan, I just started cutting and sewing (my favorite way to create) and came up with a feather.  I picked up some scrap leather from a local upholstery store recently on sale ($4 for two beautiful brown scraps and some white 80s style leather that I am dreaming up plans for).  I am hoping to put the feather and leather together into a clutch or ipad case.  I would love any suggestions!



This is not my first rodeo with pieced feathers.  I made a bag and some pillows with the very popular Anna Maria Horner free feather pattern, (Anna Maria Horner) and some hand printed Malka Dubrawsky fabric (a stitch in dye by stitchindye on Etsy).




I will finish this little project up by the end of the month and still not sure if I will add it to the official Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. (Umbrella Prints: 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition)  Regardless, I LOVE creating with these fabric tidbits.

My husband and I are taking our kids to Washington DC next week.  If you have any good recommendations for restaurants or off the radar favorite attractions send them my way.


8 thoughts on “A Feather in Umbrella Prints Trimmings

  1. I think a clutch with the leather / feather would be stunning. In terms of DC, I don’t have restaurants I can highly recommend, but I love the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian extension. It isn’t downtown and requires a drive to get there (I think there might be a bus that leaves from the mall area to go there, but don’t hold me to that!). Space Shuttle Discovery is on display along with other really amazing (and large) aircraft. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the Udvar-Hazy recommend. It sounds fantastic and I would never have known of it (pluswe have a car.) Big thanks! I think I’m with you on the clutch. So much fun creating our designs huh?

  2. Wow, great bags! I love the incorporation of the leather. Is it hard to sew with? I’ve always been tempted, but figured my machine would never be able to handle leather. Lovely blog, by the way!

    1. Thanks Jehnny. 🙂 I splurged on an industrial Juki earlier this year because I was pretty sure I was going to burn out the motor in my Janome with heavier projects. Juki and I are still getting acquainted but she is a strong one. Have been peeking at your blog too-love your style!

  3. A clutch sounds perfect! Always a pleasure waiting to see what you finally come up with. I have no doubt you should enter that feather in the trimmings competition

    1. Not wrong at all. I’m sure there are US fabric makers you are in love with that I have no clue about. The beauty of a global world (which by the way allows us to chat about fabric and quilting on opposite sides of the planet-fun!).

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