Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Whimsical, Cute
Navy Cotton Duck Cloth exterior and carrying straps, Grass Green polyester outdoor upholstery fabric for the liner and center ties. Colorful buttons for decoration, and a clever bunny machine embroidery (free standing lace design).
What was your inspiration?
After making the sturdy TENT BAG, I was inspired to make myself an oversized overnight travel tote out of study fabrics.
I wanted to find a project where I could display a fun free-standing lace bunny with moving legs I found at Urban Threads. It is a machinery embroidery design. UTZ1336, size 6" x 3-1/4", $5.00. The bunny's legs rotate and are attached with brass butterfly clasps--like the ones we used in grade school on our art projects. Yes those brass thingys--aren't they great? Look at the detail photos and see the bunny's legs move. Run bunny, run!
I continue to be inspired by what I learned in Carol Ann Waugh's online craftsy classes. See more about that below.
What are you most proud of?
I found a way to use up the last bit of navy cotton duck and green polyester outdoor fabric. I had a hunk of each and through some piecing strategy came up with enough fabric to make this overnight bag.
I made a front pocket (foundation piecing strategy), using small scraps of colorful fabric. After construction of the front pocket I found a small dark spot (stain) on the ivory fabric in the margin--so I decided to cover that problem by hand-stitching a row of buttons. THERE YOU ARE MY FRIEND CAROL ANN WAUGH--see what you taught me in your online craftsy courses? Ha Ha--you taught me how to HIDE BOO-BOOS, because you told us "THERE ARE NO MISTAKES!" Besides--the buttons add interest and texture. See there? I got my brain focused in a brand new direction of creativity after taking Carol Ann Waugh's classes STUPDENDOUS STITCHING, and STITCH AND SLASH.
I added a pocket on the back with the last little piece of navy duck cloth and embroidered MY STUFF.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't get rid of a piece of fabric just because it has a little stain on it. Embellish it with buttons or STUPENDOUS STITCHING.
Take Carol Ann Waugh's online craftsy classes and learn how you can add texture and drama to your all your sewing projects. It sure made my sewing projects more fun.