Making bags from wrap cloth means that each commission is very different from the last. The blends of fibres used to make the weft and the warp of the cloth, produce many different textures, colours and even smells. Some are quite difficult to work with in terms of bag making. As wraps, the blends are often what makes the cloth as amazing as it is to use while baby-wearing. But even sewing straight hems on some can be a task and a half when working with the more robust blends.
Fear not with the Honeycomb Loom cloth. This wonderful 100% cotton material is sold by the metre for wrap making, accessory making – the uses are endless. The cloth is a collaboration between Firespiral Slings and Baie Slings, and from the perspective of bag making, this is a dream cloth to work with.
From the moment I started cutting out the pattern, it was obvious that this cloth was going to behave itself. I’ve worked with Firespiral Slings’ cloth for a long time and occasionally find the looser weave materials don’t lend themselves well to bag making as they start to fray before you can get the edges overlocked. I used the Honeycomb Loom Sea cloth. I overlocked each piece of the pattern to a reinforcing fabric to stabilise the bag once the parts are all sewn together. Sometimes the cloth can stretch a little, especially while overlocking around curves. But the Honeycomb stayed put – keeping its shape. Hemming the strap was easy as the cloth simply rolled and flattened as I ran it through the sewing machine. The cloth has a shimmery sheen despite being a flat colour, and when paired with different coloured linings, zips and rings, shows off beautiful hues.
The Honeycomb Loom will shortly be launching their website shop where people will be able to order. Until then, I am able to source the cloth for bag making direct from them.
Colours available are the wonderfully-named Love, Sea, Coal, Kiss, Leaf, Juice and Stone.
This bag, in any of the colours, can be ordered by messaging Absolute Bobbins through the site here or via the Facebook page.