Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Vintage Journey #19 - All Sewn Up

Welcome to this fortnight's A Vintage Journey Challenge - All Sewn Up.  Brenda is our host for this challenge and here are her instructions:  
This is simple - a sewing inspired creation, any style as long as you tell us what the Tim influence is in your project (that could be that you have used a Tim technique, some of Tim's products, maybe you will case one of his tags but make it sewing based,  you choose but please make it clear what the Tim influence is as so many people disqualify themselves from being able to win the prize as we are not sure how it fits to our challenge blog.  Be adventurous and make whatever you like, it doesn't  have to include real sewing but must be focused within that theme.  So what are you waiting for?
While cleaning up my craft room the other day (cleaning up is a constant in my room, I'm always doing it and never finishing it!) I found - in a pile of papers - on the floor - in a corner -  a free tutorial for a fabric basket I had printed from a web site in Feb 2010!  I loved the shape of it when I saw it - but, of course, just never made it.  Enter Brenda's wonderful challenge - and Tim's lovely new fabrics, and this sweet little fabric basket was born!  It measures approximately 4"x 4 1/2" x 4".
  Here is the link to the free tutorial for this cute bag.  Her measurements are in cm so I roughly converted mine to inches.  2 pieces fabric A -  9" x 2 1/2"   1 piece fabric B - 9" x 8" 
The lining and iron on interfacing should be same size as the 2 A's and B sewn together, I cut each piece 8" x 12".  The interfacing gives the cloth some sturdiness.
 After ironing the interfacing to the wrong side of the lining piece - you fold outside and inside pieces in half - right sides facing in and sew up the sides with 1/4" seams - leaving the tops open
 Then you need to square the corners  - this was a little tricky - you fold the piece neatly with the seam in the middle and draw a line across (I drew it where the line measured 3" across - see my penciled line near the bottom??).
 Sew along your drawn lines on all the corners.
 Then you cut off the corners just below the stitching and it squares the bottom off nicely!
 You turn the outside piece right side out and insert the lining.  Starting at the seams, fold down the edges all around and pin.  Slip your ribbon handles between the pieces at the seams and sew all along the top with your sewing machine.
 And you are done! HOW CUTE IS THIS??!!!
Then I went to work on dressing it up - Tim Style!
I looped Linen Ribbon through a Word Band/Observations and tacked it onto the bag through the end loops.  I adhered a Game Piece (which are also featured on the cloth!) with Glue N Seal.
I rubbed Fired Brick Ranger Distress Paint over the Word Band and dried it with my heat tool.
I added a Remnant Rub to an Enameled tag, looped it through a Ring Fastener and poked the fastener through the ribbon so the arms of the faster are inside the ribbon loop.
I rubbed a little bit of Fired Brick Ranger Distress Paint over enamel tag with my finger, wiping some off for lighter spots.
I added a second Word Band on the other side of my fabric basket.
For the fourth and final side - a adhered some Alpha Parts/Newsprint letters to spell the word 'create'.
I rubbed Fired Brick Ranger Distress Paint over the letters with my finger and adhered them using Glue N Seal to the bag.
My thought is to have this on one of my work tables in my craft room to hold bits and pieces.
So thank you to Brenda for pushing me to make a sewn project!  I am SO happy with my little fabric basket - and I hope to make several more!  I think I'll use this one in my craft room to hold little bits I don't want to lose!
Our challenge sponsor is Country View Crafts.  They are offering one winner, chosen by the Creative Guides, a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line shop.  
 I hope you will be inspired to play along with us -  you have 2 weeks - you will find all the details at the A Vintage Journey Blog - along with some wonderful "All Sewn Up" inspiration by several of my very talented fellow Creative Guides!

Here's what I used:
Eclectic Elements 12" Fabric Crafting Pack - Traveler - Tim Holtz,  Idea-ology - Word Bands/Observations, Linen Ribbon, Enameled Tags, Remnant Rubs/Botanicals, Ring Fastener, Alpha Parts/Newsprint, Game Pieces;  Glue N Seal - Ranger,  Ranger Distress Paint - Fired Brick,  sewing machine, thread, Fabric Basket Pattern  from


S@ndy Diller said...

Just love this Julia, isn't it funny how we can recall an old inspiration and make it come to life? Thanks so much for sharing all the details with us.

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Julia! What a fantastic project! Love the beautiful fabric basket that you stitched! All the embellishments add a great touch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Curls N Twirls said...

its a very pretty basket :)

Redanne said...

Oh Julia, I love your fabric basket, it is so beautiful in the different patterns and your embellishments make it very special - I might just have a go at one of these now.... Hugs, Anne xx

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wow! This is fanastic! Fabulous look!

Jenny Marples said...

Such a fantastic idea for a little basket. Adding those Idea-Ology embellies makes it just perfect too. Jenny x

Juliz Design Post said...

Love your little basket and your right in saying it's so cute. An eye catching piece of storage for your craft room.
Julie x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Seriously FABULOUS! You are a girl of many talents :)

~amy~ said...

Julia, this is absolutely AMAZING.

Nicole Wright Designs said...

This is awesome! I love the shape of your little basket! AMAZING!

*Vicki* said...

OOH I really love this Julia!! So creative and very Vintage looking!! :)

Brenda Brown said...

This is utterly gorgeous Julia. I love the shape of this little bag and what a wonderful thing to have in your craft room holding those little bits you don't want to lose. Very inspiring. Thank you.
hugs Brenda xxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Julia ! what a wonderful little fabric basket which shows off all the wonderful patterns of the fabric and of course the embellishments. Love it !!


PS Love that there is another crafting soul out there finding things lurking in the corners ….. !!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, wow, and wow again! What a clever make and so beautifully finished! You are a very clever sewer indeed! Love the finished result and really useful too, - it looks fantastic!

Grá O'Neill said...

Beautiful bag, you make it seem so doable! It makes me want to trade my 2D sewing in for some great 3D projects- even if the corners did look a little scary :)

Terry said...

Great little basket, Julia! I love how you put this together, so clever!

Jools Robertson said...

Love you little fabric basket
Such amazing construction and beautiful colours and fabric combinations

Jools x

butterfly said...

Absolutely beautiful work, Julia - a really inspiring creation for the theme. I wish sewing and I got on better together!

Sorry I've missed so much, but I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of visiting.
Alison xx

crafty creations said...

Fabulous piece Julia and thanks for the how too