Patchwork Style in Craft and Garments

When we first think of patches it might be to patch up something old and worn. Using patches in home decor and accessories projects brings a splash of color and style to an otherwise ordinary project.
Patchwork can also be used in garments with gorgeous results. Take a look at this traditional Korean jeogori and it’s beautiful use of patchwork.

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Many cultures use patchwork for blankets and clothing. Here is an example of world famous Seminole Indians use of patchwork in their garments.

8 07seminole114full Patchwork Style in Craft and GarmentsThis is a contemporary (1960′s) example of Seminole patchwork from the Deborah Garner CollectionA beautiful skirt like this might be used in ceremonial events. The history of and the intricate work that goes into these garments is worth investigating further.

Here is a You-Tube video detailing more on the Seminole garments.

For Free Stuff Friday we’re giving away to one lucky reader the book Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki. It’s a fun book with over 30 simple projects that utilize patchwork in all it’s fun spirited style.

patchwork  Patchwork Style in Craft and GarmentsHow do you use patchwork in your sewing? Have you seen any examples of vintage or historical patchwork in your wanderings?

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 Patchwork Style in Craft and Garments

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19 Responses to Patchwork Style in Craft and Garments

  1. Geraldine says:

    I have usedit on some dresses for my daughter, and some tshirts for my son. Have not seen any historical use in it, but will be in the lookout!

  2. Cherie says:

    So far just in quilts.

  3. Evelyn says:

    Mostly I have used patchwork in quilts. I also have used patchwork in totebags, appliance covers, placemats, mug rugs, potholders, and other miscellaneous home items. No clothing items yet — certainly one of these days I will.

  4. Connie S says:

    I use patchwork in home dec projects, handbags and of course my quilts. It adds another whole dimension to the piece.

  5. Karen Poole says:

    I have come across some wonderful patchwork quilts in my wondering a! I found a great quilt top at a swap meet, there was two of them but the second one was a little out of my price range but I did buy the other, I also came across another beautiful patchwork quilt top in a consignment store for a great price and just had to buy that one as well!! Also in the 70s I bought a really cute patchwork blouse at a JC Penny’s store! It was a short sleeve, button down shirt with front breast pockets. It was really cute and I wore that blouse all the time until it literally fell apart!

  6. Barb S says:

    Patchwork purses are just the best because the colors usually go with any outfit your wear!

  7. Carol K E says:

    I made wonderful patchwork velvet and lame’ vests for my girls and a patchwork border for a sweatshirt jacket. I have also used patchwork for tote bags.

  8. Audrey says:

    I use lots of patchwork/scraps in making potholders and other small projects. Love patchwork…also love using up scraps.

  9. Carolyn H says:

    I use patch work in bag making. Sure could use some other ideas.

  10. I personally haven’t attempted patchworking, mainly because I’m new to sewing. Winning the give away will provide an opportunity to try it myself!! I love the look!

  11. Linda50 says:

    I like to use patchwork in quilts and tote bags.

  12. Maria says:

    I like using patchwork on sweatshirt jackets!

  13. Carol Womack says:

    I use patchwork in quilts, and it’s always a nice surprise to have leftover blocks. When they are not part of a whole, they take on a new personality and I can use on them on handbags, pillows, or just in frames

  14. Jane C. says:

    I once made a patchwork skirt using vintage handkerchiefs. It had such a nice feel/weight to it. I have made a couple of jackets, one crazy quilt style reversing to a plain textured silky fabric and the other chevron style with all the intersections matching. You had to construct your own fabric and it was time consuming, but satisfying.
    Currently for holiday gifts I am making tissue box covers with a patchwork element. It is a great idea as one size fits all, and of course, no one has one. Each one is a little treasure. thx PS I would love this book!

  15. Mary Mac says:

    I love making patchwork totes

  16. lara says:

    In my patch work..I like to tell a story in mine..One quilt i would make a”POP ART”.A wild crazy one..The next quilt will be horses with some fake fur in it..

  17. Lauren says:

    I haven always used patchwork in my creations. But I have been recently thinking o how cool it would be to use funky prints patchwork for tops and skirts. I think that would be a great way to mix traditional and modern. :)


  18. Gretchen Jaspering says:

    Patchwork is kind of like having a conversation with fabric.

  19. Theresa Nuehring says:

    I would love this book to give me more ideas. I use patchwork in quilts and in making bags