Monday, 13 December 2010

Upcycling 'rubbish'

Have you got any of these lying around?   Well don't throw them out will you.

Take out the pattern

Add some stitching.
Slap on some gesso - as much or as little as you like.
Then you can cut it and sew it up as it is or.....

I decided to cover mine

Added some scraps of webbing

Added some handles

Hey presto - a bag.
It's surprisingly strong!
This one holds an A5 journal set with coloured pencils,
and sets of brushes.

If you would like to have a go at making some lovely bags out of paper - visit Roben-Marie's blog here - for lots of inspiration and a free mini workshop with all the instructions here

Mine is rubbish in comparison with her samples - but after visiting her blog late at night on Saturday, I just had to go into my craft room right away and have a go at one!

So in essence this was just a practice piece to see if I could make one - my head is now buzzing with lots of ideas on adapting the process to make all sorts of packages.

11 comments:

Roben-Marie said...

Oh, Lottie! This is so cute and I love your idea of covering the paper! The poppies are sweet!! They are pretty strong, eh?! I look forward to seeing more!! Have fun!

sam21ski said...

Well for a first go Lottie, this is stunning but I do agree with you, ditch those buttons!!!!!

Victoria said...

Your bag is beautiful!! I'm taking the class also, making my bags tonight and i hope they look half as nice as yours

Neet said...

What a fantastic idea - and so serviceable too.
You have made it look so pretty - love poppies at the best of times but on here they look brilliant.

Lorraine said...

what a fantastic bag and poppies are my favourite

Chris said...

Well, your advertising ploy worked Lottie as I've just signed up too. :) Your bag is lovely and those poppies are gorgeous.

Chris x

Createology said...

Lottie I love your bag out of sewing pattern tissue. I did see Roben-Marie's tutorial and you did a wonderful job of not just copying but being very creatively inspired to do even more. I agree the buttons overpower your poppies. Happy Holly Jolly Joy...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a great use for outdated pattern tissues! I often see boxes full of them at the thrift stores and feel so badly that nobody seems to want them.

Deb said...

Beautiful, beautiful bags, Lottie! I love the poppies and how original this is. Can't wait to see more.
Deborah--glisteninthesunshine.blogspot.com

Paula said...

its not rubbish at all...amazingly good first attempt - if my 1st one turned out like that I'd be thrilled!

LazyKay said...

Inspiring! Unfortunagely, I sent a whole drawerful of patterns to the charity shop before the recycling fad got into the swing so I hope someone benefitted fromthem.

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