I know, you’ve probably seen this pretty much everywhere by now, but I really like Pantone’s choice for color of the year. You?
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. Since 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.
Because I’m thinking orange this week I thought I’d share a couple DIYs that pre-date this blog. The bracelet above is one I did over a year ago and it’s really simple to make. The chain was from Michaels and I used embroidery floss to wrap two lengths of it together…. that’s it! It also reminds me of the project Honestly WTF posted a few months ago – they’re both takes on the same general trend.
This one is made from Indian glass beads wire-wrapped to a chain. It’s a simple technique that looks cool when it’s repeated with tons of beads. Have I convinced you to learn wire-wrapping yet?
Orange! It was the color I used in my wedding and one I always enjoy looking at. I actually intended to include a pic of some of my wedding decorations in this collage but somehow it didn’t make it.. whoops. Last week I learned about Queens Day for the first time and that inspired this collection. Have you heard of it? It’s a holiday in Holland where everyone wears orange and celebrates in the streets. Sounds fun!