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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Calico Bags...

Ok, so a few weeks ago I saw some wonderful decorated calico bags on Efemera Ink and I really wanted to have a go, so I order some bags from eBay and over the last couple of weeks I have been making them (I have six on the go, all just about finished now). So finally I have three that I can show you. These are the three designs and the colours are a little different on each of the others...I have done three birdcages, and three dressforms.

If you click on the photos you will see a larger/closer view. I was lucky to be RAK'd the birdcage template as it was cut from a Cricut Cartridge that I don't own....Thanks Gail. The dressform one was all my own idea, I love dressforms and thought it would make a great alternative. So I drew myself a template and cut it from the backing of a notebook. I used glimmer mist to colour the fabric and used embroidery thread with a plain old backstitch to emphasis the template, the ribbon and bird are stuck on with a very strong fabric glue and I have sewn on some buttons. The flowers were made using a pair of my old voile net curtains that I cut into rough circles and sprayed with more glimmer mist, and then turned the heat gun on them. It is a similar technique to the burnt fabric flowers I showed you last year, but the heat is coming from a heat gun instead of a tea light candle...so a little less of a fire hazard.

I am hoping people will like these and buy them at the Summer Fayre next weekend....fingers crossed. I have already had a request for one....so lets hope other people like them as much.

8 comments:

misteejay said...

Now they are really pretty.

Good luck with the summer fayre - I'm sure the bags will be very much in demand.

Toni :o)

Zarah said...

YOu made those?! WHOA! They're amaaaazing! I'm in looooove!

Rachel said...

Caz, these are amazing! Sooo much nicer than the ones you can buy.
Good luck with the fayre :)
Rachel xx

Shirley said...

Caz, I don't think you're going to have a problem selling these. They're gorgeous and unique. I think you'd better be prepared to be making a lot of them. I love bags like these, just because they're so fun.

Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

Ooohhhhh, so pretty....I have some old designs like that....I love how you finished the bags....very, very lovely.

Annie said...

they are fabulous Caz, and so 'on trend' right now! love the recycled net curtain idea!
hugs, annie x

Esellek's Crafty Playground and Other Stuff said...

They're great. Jean has been selling the kits at 3D Jean for a while http://www.3djean.co.uk/alter-a-bag-kit-p-2430.html
Gail has certainly got me into altered at as well (and you have to love the birdcages) x

Carisa said...

omgosh, girl, these are amazing! i love them!! you are soooo talented.