I finally got to an experiment I’ve been looking forward to, and to my joy and potential creative output, it worked!
I created my own “fabric” swatches by printing the pattern on linen fabric using a fabric transfer, the kind often used for t-shirts and other garments, and the ones I use for various other projects like ornaments, coasters and tiles. I used my heat press to ensure even coverage. The pattern is clear and bright, true to the original, and I can see a lot of potential for this process! And with a tortie supurrvising my process, how could it go wrong?
But I started with something small and easy to sew. I have always thought little bags were neat things and I’ve received some as gifts. Of course, these became an object for study when I immediately pictured my artwork on them, which is where most of my gift items begin. I had given purchased accessory bags a try a while ago but found the fabric transfers didn’t comform well to the seams and hems and such, leaving some areas unprinted and some distorted.
That meant I’d need to transfer the pattern to flat fabric and sew the bags myself. That’s not too hard, and I love to sew. I finally managed to dig out my sewing machine from under a lot of things that were overflow from my studio—all that recent cleaning and reorganizing has paid off. Equipment, inks and other items I moved to the basement left room for the overflow in my bedroom moved back into the studio, and I can sew again!
I used linen fabric for these because, along with reusing and recycling many other things in manufacture and packaging, I also reuse or recycle household goods, like old tablecloths, draperies, and other fabric items that can’t be donated (if I don’t use them for TNR). The linen has such a nice drape, but the transfer gives it a little stiffness that works well for these little bags, and likely for larger bags too, and it’s very sturdy.
I’m going to add some sort of a zipper pull too. I’ve had several ideas for ones I’d make by by hand. We’ll see what I come up with, and I’ll add that to the product post.
These small bags are $10.00 each, including shipping and handling.
These two designs
While I also picture these with single images, I started with two of my favorite patterns for these two bags. Click the image to visit the post and purchase.
Inscrutable Patterns Small Accessory Bag
This pattern is based on one of my daily cat sketches I titled “Inscrutable”. Read about the pattern here. I added a purple zipper just for fun.
There are 22 cats in this pattern who all appear in the commissioned portraits included in my book, Great Rescues Day Book“. Read about the pattern here. I used a gold zipper for all the ginger colors in this pattern.
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