I finally finished this project today! I take a long time to complete most of my projects, no matter how excited I am in the beginning. I've always wanted to make these re-usable bags instead of buying them - even though they're really cheap, they usually aren't my style. And with how much grocery shopping I do, I might as well like them! I am still going to make a few more, but here's the first completed one:
(i GUESS this could be reconstructed... but i dont really consider it to be)
since im jobless, broke, and needed a new wallet, i figured the best way to get one would be to make one. i loved my old one, so i took it apart for a pattern and the zippers.
this was my first legit sewing project in over a year, and i did pretty derrn good, except for the front pocket... the fronts a little busted. the change pocket took FOREVER, i ripped out almost as many seams as i sewed. wish the front was better, but i think it was worth the work.
plus, i love old lady tapestry fabric.
i.d. poking out to show its a pocket... the pocket isnt crooked i swear!
the back looks waaayyyyy better than the front
aaaaaaaaaaaand googly eyes, because when i saw the picture, i couldnt resist.
ive been making journals for a couple years now... and i feel like ive finally gotten the hang of it. the first ones i made are very obviously beginners journals. heres a pic of (almost) all of the ones ive made, oldest ones on the bottom, spine view:
heres an acid washed one, aka cardboard covered in someones old cotton psuedo-acid-washed-jeans skirt. this one was one of my favorites:
and a close up of the spine:
heres one i made my roommate/best friend. this one is a dutch-stab bound journal, cardboard covered in a fabric from an old duvet cover. please keep in mind it has already had a lot of use:
I was able to get a TON of wine corks from my brother and a local wine bar, and started experimenting with them. the first things i made were pretty busted, but the more i make, the better i get. so after tons of wheatpaste-making, sewing, measuring, cardboard cutting, and most of all - cork slicing, here are some recent projects im proud of.
first up, some coasters ive made:
next, a small corkboard:
and finally, a corkboard for my roommate, in which every cork was critically analyzed before being selected. the frame was taken from someones trash and stained to compliment the ink on the corks.
and a close up of the corks:
thanks for looking, i definitely appreciate all comments!
i made these journals about a year ago, one for me and one for my best friend. the fabric was a long skirt from the collection connection in tampa (holler!!). i took cardboard boxes from work, the skirt, paper grocery bags for the inside cover, and wheatpaste to glue it all together. the signatures are made from printer paper ive had for years, bound with a coptic stitch using dental floss.
hers and mine, respectively
the inside cover of one
a version of the calendars i put inside every journal
and last but not least, my accumulation log! this was to help me keep track of my spending, but i didnt use it very long. i leave it out of my journals now, but i think my log is cute!
i typically make journals with pieces of cardboard as the covers.
this is the second one i made. (i loved the first one, i spent hours painting a tree sideways on the covers... the front cover looked like like an amorphous greens shape, and the back was the trunk, so when you open it flat you see my beautiful tree. unfortunately i left it on my balcony and it rained, so it was ruined. i got sealant soonafter that)
the nerd lettering and heart are stamps made from wine corks
coptic binding, black hemp
the inner covers have writing from the outside of the boxes, a detail i like very much. i would show more pictures but then youd be able to read some of my scribbles, and im not too comfortable with that
but that one is full, so heres my new one!
fabric covered journals always seemed like a daunting task, but it turned out not to be too hard. i didnt make the spine big enough, so it doesnt have that authentic hard covered book effect. now i know for next time!
some inside pictures:
and heres a view of it from the side:
haha definitely not perfect, my wheatpaste was a little too watery
so, ive been thinking of making some linocuts, which is basically a stencil except on linoleum, so pretty much a humongous stamp, and i dont know where else i would post this? i was wondering if anyone else on here has done this, and if not, anyones opinions.
would a thicker form of rit dye work? (not as diluted with water?) i use that method to dye this suede belt i have, but thats not at all the same as stamping. maybe i should just use acrylic/fabric paint?
i assume i would just use linoleum tiles... and im thinking id be able to get some free scraps or something from a flooring store. but are linoleum tiles very thick? is there a special kind of linoleum/thing for this?
im open to reading pretty much everything anyone could possibly have to say on the subject of linocuts, whether they apply to my questions or not...