March 13, 2012

Make This | Make-Up Bag!







Time to make: around 1.5 hours

What you will need:
• canvas (untreated) or fabric...........................................Got mine at a local art store $1.50
• freezer paper (the kind that say's its for crafts)...........Safeway around $3
• some cool illustrations or designs................................I drew my illustrations
•iron
• an inkjet printer................................................................office stores

• an x-acto knife, ruler and cutting mat..........................Crafts stores have these things
• a sewing machine and thread.......................................Christmas present :)
• a zipper..............................................................................Walmart $1.70

Pretty much all of the things you will need you can find a craft store.

Ok so I am not a seamstress by any means, I got my first sewing machine for Christmas last year so sewing for me is a trial and error sort of thing. So I cannot give you a pattern for this bag. However I can tell you how to print on canvas! Which is so fun and the possibilities are endless!

So to prepare your canvas to run it through the printer all you have to do is iron the glossy side of the freezer paper to the canvas or fabric. Once it's ironed to the fabric I make light marks on the fabric where it needs to be cut. For the make-up bag I used legal size which is 8.5in x 14in (just don't forget to change the paper size on your printer settings before you go to print!) Use a ruler and x-acto knife to cut out your fabric ( while it is still stuck to the freezer paper, it is very important that the fabric stay attached to the freezer paper though the whole process of printing or you could have a paper/fabric jam) So once I cut it to the right size just place it in the paper tray, fabric face down, then print. That was easy right. So above in the second photo you can see that I printed the main illustrations for the front and back of my bag, and I printed a second canvas with just stripes for the sides and bottom of my bag.

After you have printed you can spray the fabric with scotch guard to give it protection and to keep the ink from rubbing off the fabric. Then once that dries you can cut the fabric into the parts you need. Then peel off the freezer paper.

I cut the illustration canvas in half, a piece for the front and back. Then I cut the stripes canvas into three pieces two small pieces for the sides and one larger piece for the bottom.  Then I started sewing ( which I can not give advice on haha but I just used a basic sewing machine with a basic stitch and turned it on.  My makeup bag pieces looked like the illustration below. The arrows indicate what needs to be sewn together. The zipper is to be sewn to the front top and back top as well.









6 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! You should sell these on Etsy, I'm not crafty enough to make one myself.

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    1. Sarah! I am totally taking your advice finally! I am selling a variety of projects I created using this process! But I totally encourage trying it out! It's so fun!

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  2. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  3. I'd really love to have your illustrations. I'm making a few bags for christmas gifts...pretty please???
    ntarver99 {at} gmail [dot] com

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