I just cannot past up a good challenge. In this case it was a challenge in using a new product…..Kraftex.It comes in three colors: white, black and tan. It is quite strong. I tried to tear it and had no luck in doing so. I used this when I made my wallet (in the above picture). I was told that you could do anything to it……treating it like paper but sewing with it like fabric. I was immediately intrigued. I love paper as much as I love fabric……so, challenge accepted! 🙂
I choose the “Little Wallet” pattern by Valori Wells. I picked this up at one of my many trips to the Sister’s Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. I had been waiting for just this occasion to use this pattern. I constructed the wallet out of the Kraftex. I used a little fabric to trim the tops of the inside pockets and to embellish the outside of the wallet. (I really wished I had had the fore site to have done a tutorial on this……hindsight right 🙂 next time!!) I Mod Podge select cuts of fabric onto the outside, I inked it and embellished it to the point I was happy with it. I was going for a steampunk feel …….I hope that I accomplished that. I combined this with a Travel Case and a Tote bag.
The tote bag was made using the Crafty Carriers pattern. Here you can see the other side of the tote. The panel with the flowers….was made by using stripe flannel and linen fabric; they were felted together to get the effect you see here. I then used Swarovski crystals to bring the flowers out a bit more. This particular piece was a work challenge and so; I combined the challenges together and had so much fun. I love the Spells and Potions fabric I used….the words fell in just the right places when it was all put together. I embellished the side pockets with wire, Angelina fibers, felt, beads and hearts: to again, give it a steampunk kind of feel. I am a big fan of using mixed medias…this includes mixing up my fabrics as well!! I have used cotton, flannel, and linen in this project. I love using this tote -it is sooo big. I use it to carry my projects around. I think I will make a few more for my friends who knit/crochet. With all these pockets there is plenty of room for yarn and needles.
Until next time…….. always experiment freely with your fibers!