Today is the first day of the Do Something Crafty Challenge hosted by See Vanessa Craft. Welcome! Using Cutting Edge Stencils, 5 different bloggers were challenged to come up with a unique project. It was so fun to compete, and next week you will all have a chance to vote on your favorite. I can't wait to see what the other ladies came up with. Be sure to visit See Vanessa Craft every day this week to see the other projects.
For my project, I decided to stencil onto a canvas bag!
I'm expecting my first baby girl (after 2 boys), and so I wanted to do a girly project with this stencil. I love bags and how versatile they are! And these plain canvas bags at a craft store can be bought for so cheap. With a coupon, I think this was 3 bucks. I love the combo of black and gold, and so I picked up some cute, gold heart fabric to embellish this bag. The other products I used for this project were Martha Stewart Craft Paint in gold, Martha Stewart Fabric Medium to add to the paint base, and a small sponge brush.
Adding the fold-over fabric section to the bag was definitely the more challenging part of this project, but it's simple when it comes down to it. I will try and explain it clearly.
Step 1: With a seam-ripper, remove the handles of the bag and turn the bag inside out.
Step 2: Measure a piece of fabric approx. 3 inches longer than the width of your bag. I chose to use a double layer. Fold over the raw edges 1 inch and iron them down.
Step 3: (pictures 3 and 4) With right sides out (remember your bag is inside out) pin your fabric all the way around the edge of your bag. Make sure the edges overlap somewhere other than the side seam of the bag. This will make it cleaner-looking and easier to sew.
Step 4: Following the stitches of the existing hem on the bag, sew the fabric in two stitches all around the bag. This will make it nice and secure. I then went around and sewed the other edge of the heart fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance just to give it a nice finished look. Then fold the fabric over, and turn your bag right side out. Ta-da! I love it. Iron it down to make it look nice and neat.
Step 5: To add your pretty monogram, tape your stencil down on your bag where you want it. Be sure to place a piece of cardboard inside the bag to avoid any bleed through. Mix your paint and fabric medium and using only a little bit of paint at a time, dab it on with the sponge brush. I found that with all the many cuts of a chevron pattern (that would be impossible to tape down), it was really tough to avoid bleeding under the stencil. This probably isn't as much a problem with a more forgiving paint surface, but with fabric, it was kind of tough. I think the best way to avoid this is to use a little bitty amount of paint at a time, and just keep going back over it until you receive a rich layer of color.
I love how it turned out, and can't wait to start packing little girl swimming suits to the pool, or ballet slippers to dance class. Hope you liked my project, and a huge shout out and thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils!! Remember to keep checking See Vanessa Craft all week for the other projects, and then to vote for me when voting opens!!