Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Casual, Cute, Whimsical, Preppy, Funky, Hipster
100% polyester black velour free motion quilted on foundation fabric for exeterior, pink and black gumball cotton print interior and accents, hot pink 9" zipper, magentic snaps and key fob in silver, machine embroidered free standing lace bunny,
What was your inspiration?
I am inspired by Carol Ann Waugh's Stupendous Stitching - Surface Texture Class, a Craftsy online course. Carol, you nudged me forward--into the creative process of using decorative stitches. I've had a ball using your great tips and techniques. Carol's Stupendous Stitching is without a doubt the most important class I've ever taken. What happened to me after taking the class is hard to describe, but in so many words--as I wake in the morning I realize I'm dreaming about design, color, textures, and my next projects. All because of your Stupendous Stitching class! I'm so grateful. I could kid you Carol, and ask you---did you hypnotize us while we watched your class? Ha. Ha.
What are you most proud of?
Building texture through decorative stitching and adding fabric layers to form pockets. There are 11 pockets in this pink and black diaper bag. Some stacked, some zippered, some little pockets are hidden beneath other pocket flaps. A combination of exterior and interior fabric for long carrying straps can be worn cross-body, or knotted.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Have you considered sewing a small pocket to the face of a larger pocket prior to construction? It's a great feature I use in my projects. Layered Fabric is Fun! When working on a project, I make lots of pockets in various sizes, and probably make more pockets than I end up using. BUT, how nice to be able to select one pocket over another depending on space, function, or just because it's so darn cute!