Good morning! Sherry here today and I’m back with my first post after my 5-month leave of absence. I’m sure most of you probably didn’t even realize I wasn’t posting, but I’m very happy to be back and creating for you once again!
I’m taking this opportunity to participate in Toni’s e Picks Challenge – Do Something With a Bag. You have until the end of the day today, to participate along with us.
Instead of starting with a tote or paper bag that I had around the house, I decided to go digging through my stash for some old fabric that I could make a bag out of. I ended up finding an old pair of denim shorts that I thought would work with what I had in mind.
In order to bleach out part of the blue in the denim, I went to my new favorite tool in my arsenal . . . Tilex. Never without it in the kitchen, and I can see now that it’s going to be a staple in the studio as well (especially when I’ve run out of bleach in the laundry room). What you are seeing in the photo above, is the back of the leg that I worked on. I sprayed the Tilex all over the front of the leg to turn the shorts white, and love how it seeped through sporadically on the back to leave that splotched look. I might also add that after the Tilex dried, I did run the shorts through the laundry to make sure there wasn’t any left in the fabric.
Once I had the front of the leg cut away, I quickly went to work setting up a pattern for a bag. The fabric was folded in half at the bottom, leaving me two seams along the sides. The top edges were folded over and a channel seam was made for pull cords.
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Signature Archival Ink were used to embellish the front. Hydrangea was used to stencil a crisscross pattern and then Cornflower Blue was used to stencil the TCW Mini Art Is script.
Layers for the flower were die cut from bits and pieces of the left over denim shorts. The dark blue was a section of the back of the leg, the light blue is from the pockets, the white is from a bleached section, and the gold is from an old gift bag that I ripped apart for the cording. Vintage lace was added to the bottom and an old vintage clip earring was added in the center.
This will make a perfect bag to store jewelry in while traveling, or even for the grandbaby to keep all her little treasures in when we go shopping (she always has to take her purse along when we leave the house)!
That’s all for me today . . . thanks for joining me!!