Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's my bag, Baby {100% handmade}

{Actually, it's a bag for my friend, Patti, but the title felt right.}

Right, so first I planted the seed, and you all know how much I enjoyed watching these sunflowers grow and bloom and be photographed! :o)


It took me some time, but I finally managed to edit a photo in PhotoShop and remove all the background from the picture, leaving only the sunflower left on the screen. Practice makes perfect, and I am happy to report that I now have a clear understanding of how that process works.


I printed the photo on some printer fabric I found at Joann's, then I stitched around the image with some embroidery floss. I'm glad I took the time to do that, as it really made the image pop, and I love the texture it added to the piece.


Not bad for my first try, I think. Next time I would be more careful about planning where the quote ended up - I thought it landed a little low on the finished piece. And, dang it, those stupid wrinkles. Turning the bag through the opening in the lining makes it all scrunched up, and then I went and ironed a couple more creases in that I couldn't iron back out. Ugh. And oh well.


The photo shown above was actually my first attempt and I scrapped it because I wasn't happy with the image. And, yes, I did print this on fabric and wasted the whole sheet because of a typo. ~sigh~


This project was inspired by a book called Photocrafts ~ a birthday present from my sweet friend, Stephanie. SO much inspiration in this book and the possibilities are endless. {Thanks, Steph!}

So, how about you? Have you ever tried printing on fabric? I have plans to do it again real soon, and I'm also going to try my hand at making my own printer fabric sheets. I'll be sure and let you know how that goes when the time comes.

TTFN, sweet friends.

21 comments:

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Oh I loved it as soon as I saw it and then even more when I saw you took the inspiration from the book! Yay! I'm so glad you liked it. But seriously, you could sell these - they are lovely ... I can see it looking amazing on a tote bag or a tee too. The possibilities Deb!!

scrappyjacky said...

I absolutely adore this,Deb...the most perfect bag....and I agree that you could sell them.
I've never tried printing on fabric from a computer....maybe it's something I'll have a go at.

Cheri said...

That's a lot of skills to master at once! I've done printing on fabric in the past and I know it is NOT easy and there is a lot of chances to ruin a piece in the process. Kudos to you! You are absolutely right about the embroidery really bringing the piece to life.

Denise said...

Hi Deb
Wow - I am so impressed, it's beautiful.Not being a sewing person - I am in awe of your talent.So neat - It would be all lop sided and would not look anything like a flower if I were to attempt it!

debs14 said...

This looks like something I'd like to try! It's beautiful and I know she's going to love it - what a clever girl you are!

Becky said...

What a brilliant bag! You are just so talented xx

Karen said...

Absolutely gorgeous. You are such a talented lady.

Jimjams said...

What crafty genius - beautiful, clever, useful - and the bag is pretty fabulous too ;o)

Alison said...

Love this Deb...you are indeed a talented lady..the bag is so cute!!
Alisonxx

Amy said...

Gosh, this is just excellent! Do you care to share a brief tutorial or some useful links as to how you made the bag?

Carrie Rosalind said...

I love this bag and I want you to make one similar to it for me for Christmas...mmk? And you can fill it with Lush stuff too. ;)

Irene said...

This is a really cute bag. Lucky the lady to receive such a special gift.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Lovely. Just lovely.
Rinda

Ginger said...

You sure are a crafty woman Deb! I cannot imagine how long it took you to remove the background from the photo! It looks so fantastic :)

Gail said...

It looks really nice Deb. I've never tried printing on fabric.

Abi said...

A lovely idea! I too have never tried printing on fabric at home! I think my printer would die of shock!

Lizzie said...

That is soooo pretty! And you're one up on me - I haven't managed to produce a craft project like this, using my own photo.
Great photo - great project! Clever Deb!!

Miss G said...

Thanks so much for coming by my blog from Ashley's and saying hi. This project is so cool. I had no idea you could do such a thing! Really neat! Kelly

Beverly said...

Yep, you never cease to amaze me with your mad skills! Love that you used the photo and the embroidery floss definitely make it even better.

traci said...

awesome bag deb. love it!!

Barbara@Sweet Serendipity said...

Not bad for a first try, you say? I think this is utterly amazing! This looks intense and I don't think I would evey have the patience. It's just crazy good!

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