I am in love with my reverse applique technique (see some patterns here) so I thought to use it for bags too, not only for quilts. It works wonderfully with vinyl/faux leather, as it does not fray.
These are my first tries – more designs are in the works.
I copied the design on fusible web and then I fuse it to the back of the faux leather – YES, you can do that! Just don’t use the highest temperature of your iron and do not press for too long.
The cut out process is so relaxing…
Then I fused the cutout faux leather to a layer of quilt weight fabric (I pressed on the the back of the backing fabric). Then I layered this piece with foam and I quilted it.
Topstitching on faux leather is not that easy – you can’t do it with the regular presser foot! I always use the walking foot with no problem.
But this purple faux leather was different! I could not move it under the presser foot…
…so I had to use a little trick…
Here is the trick: cover the bottom of the presser foot with something that blocks the contact between the metal of the presser foot and vinyl. I tried first with clear/matte scotch tape; it did not work. Finally, I added two layers of masking/painter’s tape and I solved the problem!
I also increased the length of the stitching (a lot!!).
So much potential for such technique and designs!
Edited to add:
This is the knife used for cutting: