Lately, I am a little ardent in making weaving pattern with any of my feasible craft materials. Besides the entrelac knitting pattern which I have made into a messenger bag, the basketweave blanket, woven rag rug, and basket weaving; this time I am making weave fabric – Intrecciato with lightweight denim salvaged from my old pair of denim overalls. [Intrecciato means interlace / braided / weave in Italian]
Maybe you are not a fan of Bottega Veneta, but I am sure you have seen this signature woven texture in handbags and purses made popular since early of the millennium. The designer and developer of the luxury artisan leather goods, Bottega Veneta, called it Intrecciato Weave and it remains the signature of its brand.
This is the tutorial on how to weave fabric (lightweight denim/cotton) strips which I have applied it on the water bottle holder. If you are interested in the water bottle holder pattern, it will be on the next tutorial. There are several ways to weave fabric strips and this tutorial is something for a neat look, though you need to invest some time in preparing the strips, it is worth the time!!! I might have another fabric weaving tutorial coming the way as I am testing out a different technique, wish me luck to get it done successfully so I can share the method with you 🙂
Hope you will enjoy making this Bottega Veneta inspired Intrecciato Weave by using quilting weight cotton or lightweight denim.
Intrecciato Weave Fabric
How To Make
1. Quilting weight cotton fabric, or lightweight denim, quantity: approximately 5 times the amount called in the pattern.
2. Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web-1/4″ x 40 Yards. The pack comes in 2 rolls, I used 1 roll for this water bottle holder.
3. Aleene’s Tacky Pack – 5PK, I used the permanent fabric glue that is safe to wash.
1. Clover Bias Tape Maker – 9mm (3/8″).
2. Awl or Pin, to push the fabric through the tape maker.
3. Quilting Ruler, Roller Cutter and Cutting mat
5. Sewing pattern in paper
6. Transparent adhesive tape/scotch tape
3/8″ or 9mm wide fabric strips
Press the folded strip with a warm iron. The iron must be warm enough to handle your fabric and create the fold crease.
Pull the maker along the strip and move your iron along with it until you reach the end.
Affix your sewing pattern on the cutting mat with adhesive tape at 4 corners.
Cover the sewing pattern with strips line up in one direction and temporary secure 1 end with adhesive tape.
Always work on the longest strip first, follow by the last long. If you don’t have enough short strip, just cut the extra length longer than the pattern.
Don’t use join strip.
Attach the working strip at the bottom left corner with adhesive tape.
Pick and lift up alternate strips.
Put a dot of permanent fabric glue on each strip along the line that the working strip is going to sit on.
Repeat the process by placing the second working strip, lift the bottom strips up, put glue on the top strip and press the working strip on it. Then put glue to the working strip and bring the lifted strip down and press on it.
Repeat the same for the rest.
Make sure that the working strip is within the diagonal lines drawn on the pattern.
Push them closely if necessary before the glue becomes too tacky to move.
Always cut the extra length from the working strip and use it as a short strip when approaching the corner.
After you have worked the way down to the shortest strip, come back the one next to the first working strip you have started with.
Remove the adhesive tape you have put on earlier and work on that direction until you completely fill the pattern.
Leave the woven piece to set overnight so that the glue is completely dry for maximum bonding strength.
You can use this beautiful piece of intrecciato weave pattern to sew your project on the next day.
~~ Done ~~