Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
Type of item: Functional
Style: Classic, Traditional, Hipster
Striped Gray/Black Upholstery Fabric Orange and Lime Green Rat-Tail Cord Black, Green, Brick Red, Yellow Wool Felt Chenelle Needle, Colors of Embroidery Floss Cotton Print Fabric, Polar Fleece Batting, Magnetic Purse Snap
What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by Carol Ann Waugh's Stupendous Stitching class. I enjoyed beefing up this drab gray and black striped upholstery fabric with orange and lime green rat-tail cord couching. Picking up on Carol's layering techniques I chose to re-create the traditional penny rug felt medallion, as part of the button closure.
What are you most proud of?
I like creating my own padded fabric for totes. More than just grocery or sundries, this tote could carrying and protect your computer device, like a Notebook or Kindle. The two pockets inside have enough room for earbuds and electrical cords.
I like using magnetic snaps, but also added the fancy exterior button closure to insure the items enclosed will be very secure.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
You can use couching, decorative machine stitches, or free motion quilting to stitch your own padded fabric. It is easy to do. To make your own padded fabric--stitch three layers together. Top fabric/polar fleece for batting/bottom fabric.