I decided to make a bag, I needed to know what colours and styles Leandra liked, so I asked Mark.... he said he didn't have a clue hahaha and directed me to the very talented LIN BROWN We had a lovely chat, and Lin was able to give me some ideas.
So I hunted out a pattern that I liked. I knew I wanted to paint the bag, so the pattern had to be relatively simple. For 2 reasons, one.. a simple shape would show off the paint better, and two.. once painted the fabric was going to be stiff and harder to sew.
I found this free pattern.. BUTTERCUP BAG
I also found someone who had made alterations to the pattern... HERE...
So armed with 2 sets of instructions I set about creating my version.
I enlarged the pattern, and cut out my pieces in white cotton. Then I drew my designs onto paper, cut them out and played around with placement.
As you can see the bag has pleats, so I pinned those into place before drawing my designs onto the fabric with a black uniball eye pen.
Once all my pieces were drawn on, I started to paint.
I used FRESCO PAINTS... mixed with Folk Art Plaid Fabric Medium..
this is one of the top pieces..
this is a main piece..
I filled in the whole piece of fabric..
doing the same on all pieces.. before adding details back in with the pen.
I then added a little stamping to the background using MINI 23 and MINI 84 and one of thee hearts from EDY01
next I added a layer of Snowflake using a textured brayer..
and lastly I used the bumped stencilling technique..
now I had all my pieces painted..
I re pleated the main pieces and attached the tops. I decided to add a little definition with some piping, I made this using cotton cord and some of the lining fabric.
I then made the lining, and inserted a recessed zip.
I also made a pocket for the inside..
By now it was all getting bulky and hard to manoeuvre under the machine..
But finally it was almost done, just some finishing touches to add..
a little ribbon as a zipper pull.
and a button detail for the front..
and so here it is all finished..
As I type this I am packing for the Doncaster show. I will be seeing Leandra the night before, so that is when she will receive this. I am scheduling this post so it will go public while I am there, as you read this she will already have the bag. Fingers crossed she likes it..