lately i've been interested in trying to make bags.
the problem is that i have so many ideas
and it is hard for me to focus on just one.
but the lil blue boo/ dharma trading design challenge kind of gave
me the kick start i've been needing.
i was inspired by her contact paper screenprinting tutorial
and used some techniques from it
[i didn't have all of the right supplies so i kind of had to finagle it]
during the screenprinting process, which became the pocket pieces.
when i went to hobby lobby to buy screenprinting ink, they didn't
have a navy blue. so i bought a royal blue and mixed it
with some black fabric paint to darken it. the texture still seemed okay,
especially for a bag. i probably wouldn't have done
that if i was doing a t-shirt or other clothing item.
i just picked a geometric looking shape and went with it.
supplies i used:
about a yard of very thick and stiff natural, unbleached cotton.
a bit of medium heavy-weight cotton for the contrast.
screenprinting ink, contact paper, embroidery hoop
i love this fabric for a bag. i will definitely use it again. i put
it through the wash and i love the permanent wrinkles that
add to the rough aesthetic. the natural cream fiber and feel of the fabric
reminded me of sailcloth. combined with the color
scheme, i thought this bag has a nautical feel. [hence the name]
i also was able to re-use a great industrial looking gray zipper i
took off of something else.
i quite like the finished product and the embroidered lettering.
it reminds me vaguely of a mark that might be on a vintage sail,
with this year's date stamp.
i am a screenprinting novice for sure, but i also
like that the rough quality and bleeding around
the edges works well with the fabric/overall aesthetic.
also, i added in some U-rings so i could make a shoulder
strap to go on this bag if i want.
i should've started simpler! there were a few construction details
i was unsure of. i was just kind of sewing on a whim.
i think i will start back at square one, and make a
simple zippered cosmetic bag. and then build from there.
also, i just saw the contest the other day so i made this up
really quick this weekend.
anyway, it was a fun little project. thanks for the
contest and the kick start, lil blue boo!
i have so many other projects i've been
working on that i need to show...
hopefully i will get used to posting more often!