Upcycled + Textile Art Bag

The truth is that not all things creative are born of inspiration. Some are just built a day at a time like Life until suddenly a direction is determined. It appears this piece started aimlessly to use up paint or maybe I just didn’t know what I wanted to do that day.

I liked the painted strip but decided to combine it with other fabric and somehow 'mesh' the two.

I liked the painted strip but decided to combine it with other fabric and somehow ‘mesh’ the two.

Sandwiching fabric and batting with a bit of modern Trapunto technique (the added circles)

Sandwiching fabric and batting with a bit of modern Trapunto technique (the added circles)

With a theme of circles and connecting lines I 'marry' the light fabric to the painted insert.

With a theme of circles and connecting lines I ‘marry’ the light fabric to the painted insert.

 

Painted and quilted fabric pieces and planning the bag.

Painted and quilted fabric pieces and planning the bag.

I know that’s quite a jump. It’s not hard to notice that more painting has been done. Alas, I couldn’t find any photos for you of the process. I probably thought I wasn’t doing anything important. (Please don’t say I should  think that way more often!)

Stitching handle with double layer of interfacing

Stitching handle with double layer of interfacing

Notice the frayed edges? I often rip fabric as it is quicker and automatically on the grain.

Completed bag with open pocket and zipper pocket on one side.

Completed bag with open pocket and zipper pocket on one side.

I ‘built in’ a pocket on either side by folding the fabric. You can tell if you look close enough. I used orange thread to do wobbly lines of stitch on the gray fabric. (Gray fabric is upcycled from uniform trousers.) Bag and more photos are here. SOLD

One response to “Upcycled + Textile Art Bag

  1. Cool! Your hands knew what to do!

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