The Next Level: Totes:)

I’ve been expanding my horizons from paint, ink, and pens on paper & canvas to Fabric.

I have extremely basic sewing skills, and have never been one to have a mind that enjoys following a pattern…too precise…but, with a desire to paint on textiles, I am forcing myself to learn a few things.

From small zippered bags to totes:)

Easy Sew Painted Tote Bag

Easy Sew Painted Tote Bag

I found the pattern for this tote here.

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It’s an easy pattern to follow…trust me…if I can do it…well, you know the rest:)

This was actually an easier project than trying to put a zipper into a small make-up bag.  (previous post here)

It’s even reversible!

Thank you so much Helen Newton!!!  (owner of Lilly Blossom over at Etsy)

The Zippered Bag goes MIXED MEDIA:)

I’ve been wanting a fun personalized make-up bag for awhile.  I kept asking myself, “can’t you just make one?”  my answer was…”well, I don’t really sew.”  -and that is the truth.

BUT, I am trying to learn…hence, the daily zippered bag projects:)

This is the bag I had in my head…well, at least ONE of them:)

Mixed Media Bag

I wasn’t super happy with the last zippered bag I made…I like this one  better.

I do admit that I really had some “needle troubles”

Not sure the cause…bent one…another kept falling out…I think I need a few more basic lessons from my Daughter:)

Go HERE for the step by step bag tutorial.

For the design, I used inexpensive acrylic paints mixed with textile medium, which when heat set, becomes permanent but still soft and flexible.  For the lettering, I used a permanent black XS PITT multi liner pen.

The material I used for the bag is an inexpensive muslin.

Please send me a message, if you have any questions!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Super Easy 30 Minute Headband

My daughter is the seamstress, but she has bitten me and the “disease is spreading!”  I don’t think I’ll ever sew the beautiful clothes that she does, but I sure like trying smaller projects that I can ink and paint!

 I found this great pattern on Etsy here.  If I can do it, you can do it:)

Super Easy 30 Minute Headband

The quote is a favorite of mine

“Love is ascribing worth to another, at cost to oneself.”  -Greg Boyd

I think I’ll be making more:)

Gelli Plate Printed Zippered Bag

Gelli Plate Printed Zippered Bag

So, I made another zippered bag…I need a lot of practice:)

With this one, I used my Gelli Plate to paint the fabric, once I had my outside pieces cut out.  (Muslin) I added a textile medium to the acrylic paints, and then heat seat them when dry.

The textile medium assures a soft finish, rather than a hard dried paint that can crack.  It is also washable.  I practiced on some scrap pieces of muslin first, trying to decide on the color and basic tools for the design.

The colors and prints are limitless with the Gelli Plate….

Gelli Plate Printed Zippered Bag

Gelli Plate Printed Zippered Bag

Gelli Plate Printed Zippered Bag

If you’d like to see the tutorial I used for this bag you can find it here!

The zipper was a little tricky for me, as a beginner, but I learned a little something each time.

Thanks Anna!!