What happens when you combine Liberty and denim?

by Nicole

One of the things I love doing is seeing how different types of fabrics play together. I took some of my Liberty of London scraps out of the vault to see how they would work with some of my denim scraps.

Liberty of London fabrics are fine woven cotton fabrics. How would these lightweight fabrics play with the heavier denim?


Dear reader, I’m happy to report that the Liberty and denim got along nicely.

The key to getting them to work together was the interfacing I added to the Liberty of London. After stitching together the Liberty pieces, I added interfacing to the panels, but not the denim.

The result was a pair of stable panels ready to become a pouch.

Related: Threads article on combining fabrics of different weights


I also added some denim in between the lining and exterior panels to give the pouch even more stability.

Related: An Easy, Practical and Quick Gift to Stitch


Here is a view of the other side of the pouch.


With such vibrant fabrics on the exterior of the pouch, I wanted the lining to be a little simpler. I opted for tiny red polka dots inside.


I fussy cut a flower for the zipper tab and added a gingham ribbon for the zipper pull.


I sent this pouch to a friend as a gift. It was the perfect size to hold a little gold box of chocolate truffles.

On other news, I am happy to announce that one lucky reader will be getting an envelope stuffed with denim scraps.

Related: Would you like to win free denim fabric?

Random.org picked Marla as the lucky reader! Marla writes:

“I have been collecting jeans that my kids are throwing out to make a cover for a leaky down comforter. I want to use the stained glass pattern. I’m hoping mine will look as good as the one I found on  I Quilt for Fun’s blog.”

Please join me in congratulating Marla!

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Rosemary Bolton April 18, 2016 - 5:34 pm

I love these bags!!!!!

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 8:17 am

Thanks, Rosemary! I love making them!

GerryART April 18, 2016 - 7:05 pm

Your choice of prints and colors to go combo with your denim! ! !
Your Friend is one lucky gal ! ! !


Nicole April 19, 2016 - 8:18 am

Thanks, Gerry! Don’t they go together nicely?!?

Meredithe April 18, 2016 - 7:18 pm

Gorgeous pouch! I love the look of Liberty and denim together. I made one a while ago with just little bits of Liberty between a spotty linen and it turned out nicely too.

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 8:19 am

Thanks, Meredithe! I’ve been wanting to try Liberty and linen too. Maybe next time!

Paige April 18, 2016 - 11:56 pm

Oh my, Liberty and denim look fabulous together! Great choice on the red zipper! Congrats to Marla!

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 8:19 am

Thanks, Paige! I love a red zipper!

Susan Snooks April 19, 2016 - 7:04 am

This is so fabulous! Good thinking interfacing the Liberty! Love the spotty lining too!

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 8:20 am

Thanks, Susan! Interfacing is one of the best inventions ever!

Debbie April 19, 2016 - 9:16 am

Nice to know – thanks for the tip!

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 11:01 pm

My pleasure, Debbie!

Mary April 19, 2016 - 10:08 am

Beautiful! Love the denim with the fabrics.

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 11:01 pm

Don’t they go together nicely?!?

Lynn April 19, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Oh, my, what lovely Liberty scraps! Their delicate prettiness looks so good with that dark denim. (Yay for interfacing!) I love how you have the warm colorway on one side, and the cool on the other. Beautifully designed bag, Nicole! 🙂

Nicole April 19, 2016 - 11:02 pm

Thanks for noticing the details, Lynn! And thank you for the kind words!

Buffy April 20, 2016 - 8:43 am

At the holidays i became OBSESSED with making denim pouches mixed with bright scraps. I couldn’t stop! I even starting gifting pouches to co-workers, my hair dresser, folks I wasn’t planning on giving gifts to. I found it so satisfying. I’ve continued with the denim and made a lovely tote for a friend and just finished recovering the cushions for our pop-up camper with denim!

Nicole April 20, 2016 - 10:27 pm

Yay for denim! It’s such a versatile fabric, isn’t it?!? The possibilities are endless…

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