Tuesday 15 May 2012

Add/Use Some Fabric - Craft-Room Challenge

Hi, I hope your week has started well.  Another challenge over at the Craft-Room has just been launched and I'm really excited as it was my turn to choose the theme!  I decided to go with Add/Use Some Fabric, as I'm sure you've noticed by now that I do love my lace, and enjoy stamping onto fabric now and then as well.  The usual rules apply (check out the blog for full details) and a winner will be chosen at random to win something very nice indeed from our sponsor (more details about that below!).

I decided to use fabric throughout my creation, so the sewing machine was recently hunted down, along with the instruction booklet (I do miss my ancient Singer), and the dust blown off.   Now, the only things I have made in the past are several pairs of curtains, and a roman blind which I was extremely proud of - I even put a dangly trim along the bottom and that was before my crafting days!  Sound familiar, lol?

My first question when the machine was found was "where are my pins, cottons, and various other things?", so the idea of a wall hanging quickly changed to a little sewing bag/pouch (I was warned by Dave that, whatever happened with the sewing machine, it wasn't his fault - as if I would blame him!): 

The Front
I used some artist canvas, cut two pieces the same size, and frayed them around the edges.  I didn't colour this as I wanted to keep the colour and texture as it was, but give it a bit of a vintage look.  I stamped directly onto the canvas using a stamp plate from IndigoBlu, "Sewing Mends The Soul".  I then stamped the sentiment on one of the offcuts, layered it onto some Laura Ashley fabric and attached to the front of the bag.  I added some gorgeous cream cotton lace trim across the top and about two thirds down the front.

The Back
Stamps from the same plate was used for the back, apart from the needle book one which is from a Tim Holtz set. The sentiment was done in the same way as the one on the front.  Once all the stamping was done, and the additions sewn on, I stitched twice all the way round (not very straight though, lol).
A pin holder
The needle book was stamped twice onto scraps of fabric, then layered on top of each other and attached just across the top, to use for odd pins & needles.

And here it is in action:

 You will thrilled to know that our challenge this fortnight is sponsored by:

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who are offering a prize to one lucky winner, although we don't have the full details as yet so it will be a nice surprise!

I hope you have a great week, and I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what you create!

I'd like to enter my sewing bag/pouch into the following challenges:-

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything Goes (Ch 24)
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes
Out Of A Hat Creations - Vintage Lace

Take care

Maria x


marion said...

Awesome ! Love it !! Hugs, Marion

chrissie said...

So many beautiful things to look at on this piece and the blend of fabrics is just right.

Love Chrissie xx

Anonymous said...

What no hanging !!!!! Never mind am sure there will be one next time ! What a great project and I just adore the stamps and how you have used them. The fraying and addition of lace is so pretty.


Anonymous said...

What no hanging !!!!! Never mind am sure there will be one next time ! What a great project and I just adore the stamps and how you have used them. The fraying and addition of lace is so pretty.


Mervi said...

Hi Maria,
oh so gorgeous and lovely
piece for sewing things.
Greetings from Paris;-))m

Gio said...

Such a lovely and useful piece, Maria!

Ephemera said...

Hi Maria, what a beautiful piece, gorgeous stamping, so pretty. I just bought these stamps on Saturday with a sewing project in mind (great taste we have LOL!)Have a great day. xx

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Maz, another beautiful piece of art work. Those stamps are to die for and I love how you have used them. This would make the most wonderful gift. Cant wait till our next workshop. Julia xxxx

chrissie said...

Really terrific piece and when I saw it this morning I thought how well it would fit into our challenge lol

Thank you for joining in at Out a Hat Creations and I look forward to you joining in again when you have time

Love Chrissie xx


Janet said...

Hi Maz,fantastic bag love the stamps,I will have to have a look at them,the lace you have used is beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at OOAHC
Janet x

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Hi Maz, this is delightful - I love the fraying and the fact that it has a use and not just decorative. Loved your choice of theme so thank you. Wishes Suzanne :)

Sandra's Spot said...

Hi Maz this is so gorgeous I love how you decorated and stamped it. Thank you for sharing with us at Out of A Hat Creations. Hugs Sandra XXX

Zoechaos said...

Cor Maria your sawing bag is to die for. Terrific challenge thank you XOXO Zoe

Jean said...

Oh Maria this is lovely and useful too. I do love all the sewing themed stamps that are around just now.Jean x

Dan said...

Great job, I love those frayed edges, the perfect finishing touch! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria. A fantastic project in so many ways. Thank you for sharing with the Hatters this week. I really enjoyed reading your post. We call the sewing machine the "Whinge" machine in our house. My husband disappears when I use it! LOL!
Regards Florence x

2amscrapper said...

I love the soft color palette--goes so well with the sentiment

hazel said...

Absolutely fabulous Maria - I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really beautiful, gorgeous images
Lindsay xx

Debi said...

Hi Maria,
this sewing pouch is just gorgeous so pretty, Debi x

Vicky Hayes said...

Your sewing pouch is a great idea Maria - I could certainly do with one in this house! I love the fabrics and lace you've used and the images give it a really lovely vintage look. Vicky x