Hello. Gail from the design team here today with an idea for something a little different. I am using the gorgeous Bonny Bunny but decided to alter my substrate and make myself a shopping bag. Or maybe that should be a hopping bag LOL....
OK, now this is actually a bit of a strange thing for me cos I am quite hopeless with the sewing machine. But I do use a lot of fabric bags when I am shopping, instead of plastic. I saw some cheap, lightweigh cotton fabric at Ikea and had this idea. I mean, it's not that technical is it. Is it??
So here's my bag. I used a rectangle 36 x 75 cm for the bag and two pieces 70 x 8 cm for the straps. These are quite long, but I wanted to be able to put it over my shoulder.
Then I stamped the rabbit, sentiment and carrots. I remember reading a blog post where they had used lots of different inks on fabric and had concluded that most work. Obviously distress inks are out for this, but I decided to try archival. I stamped it on a scrap of fabric and heat set with an iron and then washed it in hot water. It seemed that it would stay put so that's what I used. I gave the bag a good hot iron after stamping to set the ink.
Again, I tried a few mediums on a scrap of the cloth. Sharpies bled a bit so I decided to go with acrylic and Fresco Finish chalk paint. I haven't tried to wash this yet but am hoping the paints will survive at least a few washes. I have stamped and painted both sides.
Looking forward to taking my Bonny Bunny shopper out next time I need carrots. And if that paint stands up to the washing machine I think I may need to make myself a t-shirt....
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