Tag: design

Crowdfund a New Handbag

As presents go, handbags are right up there with the best. They’re the ever-loyal accessory that will always fit and always make you look smart, even when you’re in your scruffiest clothes. Really special ones can be a bit expensive – but don’t worry – you don’t need to take out a loan to afford one. You can patchwork it.

If you have a fashion-loving friend who would love a new handbag, why not club together to buy them the object of their affection? A well made, good quality handbag will last for years and years, so you know your gift will be loved and appreciated for a long time to come. And if you share the cost with friends and family, it’ll become much more manageable.


We’ve made a template handbag patchwork that you can easily customise and share with friends to fund. Then once you’ve collected all the money you can go and buy the bag, wrap it up, and present your lucky friend with it. What a lovely treat.

The beautiful bag in our patchwork is from Mhulot – head to their site to see more. Or, if you have a specific handbag that you would like to make a patchwork of and need some help, just email us at hello@patchworkit.com.

5 Favourite Party Instagrammers

Hopefully you already follow us over on Instagram, where we share all sorts of colourful party inspiration. But if you’re looking for even more fun to follow, we’ve got some ideas for you. Here are five of our very favourite party people. These glorious ‘grammers are the life and soul of our feed.


Oh Happy Day is a never-ending source of inspiration for brilliant party DIYs. Always fun, always colourful, and (nearly) always easy to do.


Geronimo balloons create bright, beautiful installations all over LA and beyond. Let them inspire you to create something special for your next party.


BASH is an independent, design-focused party company drawing inspiration from art, interior design, fashion, and party style across the globe. We like their squiggly patterns.


Born out of a shared love of communal celebration and craft-making, the duo behind Confetti System create the most incredible backdrops for parties. Feast your eyes on all the tassels.


Poppies For Grace describe themselves as craft gangsters, joy makers and day dreamers. We agree. Their Instagram is jam-packed full of fun ideas.

Happy scrolling! And check out our party patchworks here if these ideas have got you itching to organise a party of your own.

A Print for Georgia’s Dad

Georgia’s dad is not an easy person to buy for. And with a big birthday looming, Georgia really wanted to pull something special out of the bag. So when she happened upon the perfect present, and the perfect way to fund it, she was over the moon. We had a chat to her and her dad about his special gift.

Tell us about what you were celebrating?
My fabulous father was turning a large undisclosed number. In my humble opinion he is one of the most amazing people in the world, so I wanted to commemorate the event.

He has had such a profound and positive effect on so many people, so many people love him. So I knew there would be loads of people who, like me, wanted to do something special that would touch him. To show him the love.

I have made Dad cry through thoughtful gifts in the past. So that became my criteria.

But what do you buy the man that likes nothing more than Leica cameras, illicit substances & making inappropriate comments at inappropriate times? It was a tough brief so I started thinking early.

What did you decide to fund?
One day about 6 months before his birthday we were wandering through The Lanes in Brighton and Dad took me into a shop to show me a picture – an original print from the film of Withnail and I. It was immediately obvious that he should own it. It was strange and beautiful. Just like him. Art for the inappropriate old man. Who knew.

What was the best thing about doing a group gift?
Everything has more value when it comes from the many; full of love, effort and care. Surely that’s what giving a gift is really about. My Dad taught me that, so truly it was a no brainer to Patchwork a special gift for him.

Our friends and family couldn’t have been more pleased and as I said, he is impossible to thank properly and together we made him cry with love and joy. Winning.

Brilliant. And this is what Georgia’s dad, Doug, thought of his gift:
“We should all have art that enriches us and I’m rather picky about what I would have on my wall at home, as I do love minimal. I know that I am also a terrible person to have to buy for as I mostly buy what I really need, but just as often convince myself and others that it is mere consumerism and tell people we already have too much stuff in our lives.  Not an easy gift proposition. What Georgia knew is that when we saw this picture hanging, I told her that it really spoke to me and she bought it on that basis with the help of Patchwork Present. Maybe what she doesn’t know is the exact nature of the moment and why it is such a pleasure for it to be the last thing I see every morning before I leave home to face the world.

As Withnail is battered by the world and seems about to break, he finds his fight and yells into the Welsh Valleys at this exact moment captured….


Every element I need to be reminded of as I leave for the day – humour, resilience, and embracing the world however cold and unwelcoming it may appear at that moment.  I could never live with a motivational poster in my life but for me, this totally does the job.  I smile every day as I pass it, and the names of the people who gave it to me live on the back………  I’LL SHOW THE LOT OF YOU! I’M GONNA BE A STARRR!

Thanks to all those lovely friends and family who gave and Patchwork for making it happen, you’ll never know how many times I needed to see this as I leave to greet the world for another day.”


Thank you Georgia and Doug! We’re so happy to have been able to help with this perfect present.

Kathrin & Bernd’s Unique Wedding Gift

Kathrin and Bernd aren’t the biggest fans of weddings. So when it came to planning their own, all they really knew is that they wanted to have a relaxed, fun day with all of their family and friends. By the sounds of it, they really pulled it off.

Kathrin says ‘The day turned out to be the most special and amazing one. It was the hottest day of the year, and Clifton Nurseries, where we got married, felt like a secret escape, a wild oasis in the middle of London. After the wedding, we all went on to party at The Groucho until early morning – which says it all.’
While they were planning their perfect day, one issue arose – gifts. What should they do about the gift list? All the couple knew was that they definitely didn’t want a traditional gift registry, for all the usual reasons:

‘As we already had a household and our flat isn’t very big, we didn’t want people to spend money on things we didn’t need.’

So when a friend told them about our online gift list, they thought it was perfect. And Kathrin and Bernd knew exactly what they wanted to ask their guests to fund – a piece of art.

‘We thought a piece of art would be a unique reminder and memory of this occasion, and that it would always capture the mood of the moment no matter when and from where one looks back.’

We helped Kathrin and Bernd turn the artwork they wanted (‘I Have Chalks’ by Dran) into a patchwork, splitting it up so each guest could buy a different piece. From an hour of the artist’s time, to a pot of paint, everyone could chip in to give the couple their perfect wedding gift.

‘Everyone loved it. It was a very personal process and we received wonderful messages. And we love our new artwork, It simply makes us very happy that it is with us and visible every day.’

The couple are so happy they chose to fund a piece of art, as ‘it’s something we really love without exactly knowing why, and something that gives an endless amount of pleasure.’

What a special wedding gift. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Kathrin and Bernd, and congratulations from all at Patchwork!

To make your own patchwork just customise one of our readymades or create one from scratch.