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DIY Geometric Pouch

A few weeks ago Sharpie sent me a package of their new Stained fabric markers to try out. I decided to put them to use making a zipper pouch, a project I’ve been meaning to try forever because I always need more. Can you ever have too many little pouches for organizing?

I started out by deciding to use an 8.5 x 11 piece of printer paper as my ‘pattern’ because… it was handy. My original design idea was to use platinum leather to reinforce the bottom- isn’t it pretty? It’s from the business card case project I did with the Texas Style Council Conference bloggers last spring. Unfortunately I ended up leaving the leather out of this project because it’s too tough for my machine to sew through.

I used basic muslin fabric for the pouch – it’s what I had on hand. ┬áSince it was rather thin I reinforced it with some fusible interfacing before getting started. My triangle pattern was inspired by something I saw here and colors came from – not kidding – the two bright pink and red yoga mats that a girl was using together at my studio last weekend. (Inspiration is everywhere!) Using pencil and a ruler I lightly traced out a grid and started filling it in with pink, orange and red.

I like doing repetitive things like drawing in all these triangles. Did you ever watch The Osbournes on MTV? It reminded me of how Ozzy would always be coloring in those pictures.

One Teen Mom and part of a Deadliest Catch later I was finished. The markers worked great and I really liked the brush tip. I had to be careful because the red would sometimes bleed into the adjacent triangles if I wasn’t careful. Also my left hand and arm were smudged with ink because I’m left-handed but i’m used to that.

I followed the excellent instructions in this tutorial when sewing.

And there’s the finished product! I’m really happy with it, though I still wish it had a leather bottom or corners. Perhaps on the next one- I’m thinking of making her a twin brother using the green/blue/purple Stained markers.

DIY Painted Chain Bangle

I sure hope you aren’t sick of blue or bracelets quite yet… next week I plan on getting back to some leather crafts, I promise. This DIY is a mashup of the painted chain jewelry I’m seeing lately with a chain bangle that I’ve considered making for a while. And yes, I have miniature bust of Albert Einstein in my house… he’s been with me since college.

I used the same chain as the sparkly wrapped bracelets and more of the sheet metal I bought for the metal collar necklace. In addition you’ll need some spray paint (a bright color and a clear top coat) and some Super Glue.

I measured the chain around my wrist and cut the length I liked. Then I laid it on top of my sheet metal and marked the width so I could use tin snips to cut a long, narrow strip. Make your strip a little longer than you need for the bracelet so that you’ll have enough extra to round the corners and remove any sharp points. To bend the flat strip of metal into the bangle shape I started by shaping it around the spray paint can. Then I used another slightly smaller cylinder until I got a shape that was a good fit on my wrist.

Use the spray paint to color the section of the chain you want to paint- I decided to do about 2/3 of my bracelet. After the paint has finished drying start at one end and glue (using Super Glue or 2-part epoxy) each link down. Press firmly to be sure it’s secure. Then give it a coat or two of clear sealant for protection.