We are so excited to have Debra here as a special guest artist! Debra is, indeed, special. As many of you know, Debra is the original Moon Goddess! She is the founder of RubberMoon and we are over the moon to have her here, sharing her talent and tutorial on this wonderful project!
Debra's Creative Project Bag
At any one time I can easily have 4-10 different projects going. To help keep supplies contained I like to have *project bags* whenever possible. I used to just throw things in plastic shoebox type containers but making bags are fun and easy, not to mention a whole lot more attractive.
Fabric- heavy weight like a duck cloth is what I used. Canvas or denim would work good too. My piece was 11 1/2 x 13 1/2" because I had a 11 1/2" zipper. So before you buy your zipper or cut your fabric be sure to consider what you'll be using the bag for. If you'll be using it for a journal and pens be sure to make it a couple of inches bigger than your book to allow for the thickness.
Thread, I used black
Acrylic paint- I put out several colors that I thought would work well together but ended up just using 3 colors. Light and dark green and white.
One inch sponge brush
Permanent black ink
Sewing machine-basic sewing skills (honest)
The top of the bag, where the zipper will be sewn, is on two outer edges (the sections I painted white) the darker green (in the middle) is the bottom of the bag.
I knew I wanted a checkered pattern on the top edge with a one inch stamp so I knew I had to paint a 2" white stripe. The bottom part I knew I wanted a darker color and the rest I just filled in with a complimentary color. I used a sponge brush and didn't mind if tiny sections of fabric showed through.
With the combination of acrylic paint and warm weather, I didn't have to wait long for the paint to dry.
|RubberMoon Stamps used in this project|
The very top edge is where the zipper will be sewn so I laid masking tape over 1/4" of the edge. This also works great as a guide for where to place my image. I used black permanent ink. I'm sure fabric ink will work great too.
I knew I didn't want a "finished" look because why invite the frustration in a simple bag? So, I first pinned one side of the zipper to the right side of the bags top edge. Make sure on the bottom that the fabric isn't overlapping the zippers teeth.
The red velvet heart was just done with free motion sewing, cut out, then an eyelet added and attached to the zipper with a jump ring. A shrink plastic charm made with a RubberMoon image would also be a nice touch here. If I could have found my shrink plastic I'm sure I would have made one! (Honest)