Thursday, June 23, 2011

Art Bag

 Artsy, Crafty, Re-cycled fabrics, my own pattern &  Art Bag Creation.

Remember when I mentioned all those art bags & posted about all the wonderful inspiration? Well I haven't been in the painting mood lately, but I printed out something I painted onto muslin and created an art bag / purse using felt, burlap and fabric scraps I had laying around. I used some decorative machine embroidery. Although far from perfect my daughter Sammie fell in love with it. She asked me to make the straps so she could wear it from shoulder to hip. I thought I would share the results and a few steps I am going to take to make it better next time.


If you have ever printed something from your computer you will notice how sometimes the colors just don't match the image. That is just what happened here. It was pretty light on the muslin that I printed it on. But I used permanent felt tip markers to draw in shapes and color it up. I need to fix color prior to printing!


Well, you know how I hate to stop even where there are mistakes. I decided since I started and this was kind of like a pro to type any way to finish what I started instead of scrapping it. I love figuring out how to create patterns on my own. This image shared is the back where underneath the front flap is sewn in and connected.

Another thing I will change when I create my next one is the strap material. For this I didn't want to go out and purchase anything. I wanted to use felt I had, burlap from a recycled coffee sack, woven burlap scraps I had from the wedding table runner we made, and for the straps I had these great silk pants that were ripped which I cut and created them from. Added a vintage button from one of the grandma's stash & ta da.....


A happy girl modeling her new art bag with gnomes. I promise to share  my next one with you when I make it! & I hope I can even try painting directly on fabric when I get unstuck from my painting slump! Here is the acrylic painting completed which the art bag was made from.


 If you'd like to see my post about the art bag inspiration just click here. Also visit here to see the original post of the gnomes acrylic painting  and if like you can visit my link on the side bar where I have video of  how I finished the painting on You Tube.
Have you ever tried creating and sewing an art bag?  What art or crafts inspiring you right now? 

If you have never sewn a bag & need a pattern and instruction this might be something you would like. Amy Butler's Style Stitches.





26 comments:

  1. Love the bag...and the model!! I also love how we make something and learn as we go how to make adjustments, to make corrections and to tweak where we think something might look better. It's all part of the process.

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  2. I love the purse! How adorable! I have been saying for years I am going to paint purses with fun whimsical scenes and get rich selling them! Of course, maybe in my next lifetime!
    Great model you found! I'd keep her!

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  3. Well done on the bag! :)Great idea!

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  4. That's so creative and your little girl looks delighted with it!! I'm rubbish at all things to do with sewing so admire anyone who can make things like this - great way to combine your art and your sewing skills!

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  5. The art bag looks terrific and your little girl obviously loves it. Happy PPF. Annette x

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  6. Yay So beautiful...such fun..what a sweet picture of her modeling it..fabulous! Wonderful art as always..magical..i want to escape into that magical painting!!
    Victoria

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  7. Oh what a sweet fantasy art bag you have crafted! I love your idea of printing off one of your paintings and then creating something entirely different! I am not surprised your daughter claimed it! Beautiful creating Theresa!
    I have been doing all kinds of things lately. Having so much fun! Yesterday I created a Mad Hatter hat (never made a hat before!) and it was so enjoyable and surprisingly satisfying! I am getting my post ready for the Mad Tea Party I am joining for tomorrow. So that is one thing that I have been doing lately...thank you for asking.
    Have a fab day!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  8. You know I like the colours in your art mag, they mesh well together. Nice job!

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  9. your bag is wonderful! So fun to have your art on it. Yea!

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  10. Ah, it's so lovely - we can see your daughter loves it!!

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  11. Oh this is great!! I love purses and bags and this is just so cute and what a great idea!!!

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  12. This is so cute, and your daughter looks adorable modeling it.

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  13. great idea - love your model!
    cheers, dana

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  14. What a wonderful idea, I love it and it's clear that your daughter does too. Talk about fun! Happy PPF!

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  15. ADORE your "model child"...she reminds me of my Sarah. LOL. I have discovered Art Journaling via PPF and that is my new addictions these days. HAPPY PPF to you!

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  16. Cute bag and lovely model. :) Very cool project with many ramifications.

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  17. Ooh, I LOVE this! What great uses for these materials. It's so cool! And I can see that your lovely model is very happy with it as well! ;)

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  18. Love the bag and the little model!!! Aren't little girls the best! Happy PPF!

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  19. Lovely creation for a beautiful young girl. Fantastic!

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  20. Great bag Theresa! Very creative and resourceful of you! I wish to learn to make crafts too..Happy PPF!

    Cheers,
    Elisa
    http://harmonythoughts.com/

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  21. Very cool piece!! And how interesting to print a painting out onto muslin.

    Very creative and a unique treat for your daughter!

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  22. So glad you enjoyed seeing the art bag. Yes, Sammie loves it and has filled it with her treasures already. lol I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! Thanks for your visits! Theresa

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  23. Dearest sweet theresa, your art bag is gorgeous!! Sometimes a mistake and turn out just beautiful. :) Oh my and your little girl is so adorable. :) Her photo makes me smile. I also adore your very beautiful gnomes acrylic painting! Have a lovely merry happy sunday and love to you!

    jacqueline
    http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

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  24. Thank you Jacqueline! She is a sweetie & my youngest. xo

    Terri, I forgot to tell you how cool that you are participating in Vanessa's big summer party. I didn't participate this year. Maybe next. xo Theresa

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  25. Great bag! I have been playing with painting and art bags too!
    Oh, and your Model Rocks!
    Happy belated PPF! I am taking a late tour!

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  26. Such a cool purse! Love it- make many more!

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