Hi, I'm thinking of dyeing two of my bags. Bag 1 is a medium-thickness cotton Muji black bag, but the handles are a little faded. I'm thinking of re-dyeing it black, but there is a metal zip. Has anyone done that before, and will the dye get onto the zip?
Bag 2 is a Duluth pack haversack with leather trim http://duluthpack.com/luggage/luggage-bags/messenger-shoulder-bags/shooters-haversack.html and the green canvas is faded. Is there anyway I can use Dylon dye on it, without affecting the leather trim and metalware (front flap and shoulder strap)? If the leather gets dyed along with the canvas, will it make the leather more suceptible to cracking? I'm thinking of using a sponge to dab on the dye, but the edges may end up being a little faded.
Hope there are some experts on dyeing bags out there!
I'm as un-crafty as people get, but I'm hoping to dress up two plain LeSportsacs. One is black and the other is medium gray.
What can I use that won't add much weight to the bags and can be easily removed if I change my mind later? I'm thinking of tacking on some cotton lace. I want it to look a little more interesting than a plain black or grey bag, but I don't want to go overboard with them as they're bags that I will bring for work. Also thought of stamping some patterns in very subtle tints of grey, but I'm not sure if nylon can accept stamp inks. TIA.
Hi floatingmoon. Just came across your post. I too love Japanese craft books and mags but can't read Japanese. What you need are books with lots of steps by step pictures. You may want to check Yesasia and other Japanese book suppliers for books such as the following, which I have: Small felt creations (4-8347-2509-x), palm-sized stuffies (978-4-8347-2537-7), bag (978-4-529-03814-0). There is an excellent resource page here: http://www.craftlog.org/craftingjapanese and here http://www.flickr.com/groups/craftbooks/. If you're interested in say, making bags, you may want to borrow some books from the library to learn the basics, then refer to these Japanese book sites for that particular kind of pretty/breezy/clean aesthetics
There are also books translated from Japanese, eg. Fuzzy felted friends and Sock & glove. Check them out on amazon or your local bookstore!
Camera pouch I saw this on Etsy but couldn't afford it, so decided to make one for myself. The etsy seller's work looks far more professional though (esp the mega thick and smooth felt, plus impeccable stitching), but I love mine too! I love cameras, and most camera-shaped stuff!
Pencil case This design came from a Japanese craft book called 'Small felt creations'. It was love at first sight and there are several neat projects inside, which I couldn't get off my head. So I just had to purchase the book a few days later!