It's rubbish day where we live, and we are having to curb four chairs to broken to fix, let alone sit in. I took the vinyl off one, which inspired me to "skin" a leather covered reclier before it was put out. I knew it had some leather on it, what I didn't know was that it was all leather. Dude. Even the interior facings were leather. I got about 2.5 yards of really good material off this chair. I had to spend time taking out staples and bolts and cutting threads, but it was absolutely worth the effort. I have been wanting so much to make a nice leather satchel and now I have the stuff for it! (And will display the results here on Craftster, of course.)
(I also got half a 13-gallon garbage bag's worth of clean polyfill! Pillows ahoy!)
What I'm saying is, if you have to huck a chair, see if you can reclaim the fabric. If you see a chair with a nice covering, but the chair is beyond fixing, take the fabric! It's actually pretty fun seeing how much you can get (especially if you like taking apart things), and it's satisfying to see that it's not wasted.
Anyone else had a great finds in reclaiming materials from furniture?
You are rockin' the views! I loved these purses so much I left a note about them on the Facebook wall of a Trek cartoonist. I'm still butt-crazy about the communicator purse; sparkly vinyl is something the little girl in me loves so much!
How did it feel to draft a pattern for yourself and have success with it?
It felt great! I've altered some patterns before but I've made so many bags now that I feel like I really know the ins and outs of procedure...
I wish there were 3 day weekends more often, I'm ready to draft something more advanced now.
It's a good feeling when you totally DIY and it comes out good and holds together, isn't it? There's this enjoyable discipline to following patterns and having them come out "right", then there's running with what you've learned and the fun of discovery. I love that feeling.
That's a very, very nice bag! I love the color of it, and the shape - I like how the lower half of it looks so stiff and crisp and the top part is all slouchy. And yay for recycled shoelaces, I do that all the time too cause I love the way they look.
Yeah, the shapes do play against each other well. Full marks really go to Elizabeth at Oh! Fransson for the rockin' pattern.
On another, semi off-topic note, I am completely awed by your daughter. Her DeviantArt completely blew me away, she is an amazing artist and crafter (you're right, she's a ridiculously talented plush maker, I am drooling all over her plushies). She must join us here on Craftster, but until then, do pass her my compliments!
I am stupid in love with the communicator bag. As many Craftsters say, "It looks professional!" That silver vinyl could not be more perfect; a great combo of the right color with the right amount of kitsch!