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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing bags (not tie and dye) on: February 24, 2012 10:28:58 PM
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!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decorating plain nylon bag on: November 29, 2010 03:18:08 AM
Thanks, Margaret! I think I'll indeed use lace, or cut out pieces of dark grey felt and sew them into place. Hopefully whatever I do won't look too tacky! :p
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Decorating plain nylon bag on: November 11, 2010 06:42:11 AM
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.

4  ASIA / Japan / Japanese Felt? on: April 30, 2008 09:16:02 AM
I simply love Japanese felt. Thin or thick, it has an excellent, smooth quality that that doesn't pill easily. Is it possible to buy such felt online?  Huh
5  ASIA / Japan / Re: Please suggest some crafts books. on: April 30, 2008 08:50:05 AM
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 Wink

There are also books translated from Japanese, eg. Fuzzy felted friends and Sock & glove. Check them out on amazon or your local bookstore!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felt pouch and pencil case on: April 13, 2008 10:10:29 AM
Thank you for all your kind comments. It's quite amazing as I used to hate sewing, so your comments have given me a great boost and much courage.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: One woman's trash (bag) is another woman's wallet...... ;-) on: April 13, 2008 08:11:13 AM
The red snap is really eye-catching! The trash bag looks like distressed simulated leather to me, so well done! I'm not sure what fusing means though...
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felt pouch and pencil case on: April 13, 2008 07:16:29 AM
Oh yeah! Me too! I love birdies and cameras!! Kiss
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Adorable Summery Reversible Bag -- My Mall Knock-off on: April 13, 2008 07:12:27 AM
Really cute! And yours had more comfortable straps!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt pouch and pencil case on: April 13, 2008 05:31:30 AM
These are my first felt non-stuffies  Grin

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! Cheesy 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!

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