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Introducing Texture Magic...© copyright 2012 Cindy Scraba
I love to add texture or functional interest to store bought items. This over-sized shopping bag was the perfect subject waiting for my quick makeover process...
Project overview: How-to create a functional and fun textured pocket
Scroll down to view how I transformed a basic black bag into something with a wee personality. Once I introduced Texture Magic™--the new shrinking medium, to a stretchy knit it was instant friendship for both fabrics. I love "drama free" projects, don't you?
Quilted 3 Layers Texture Magic side UP Ready to steam
1. Create a traditional quilt sandwich: bottom layer is Texture Magic™ fabric, center batting, and knit fabric top. Pocket is cut larger than the finished size to allow for the 30% shrinking process which creates the magic here!
2. As shown above, you "free-motion" quilt the layers by following the fabric design. (Practice this on a sample first). I used the new Superior™ Titanium Coated Topstitch Needle #90/14 for this entire project without incident. This bag is made of a canvas-type vinyl and was actually a breeze to sew. Also, smoke colorless MonoPoly™ is the top thread, which expertly conceals stitches, while the darker areas create depth in this hounds' tooth checked pattern.
3. Now for the fun part--applying the steam to activate the shrinking process. And you get a free facial while the makeover is in progress. Watch the fabric layers morph together and transform into another dimension. Flip it over to steam a little more to create maximum shrinkage and texture. Wow! (this great little steamer is available in my Store Products).
4. Begin to attach the textured pocket directly on top of the existing bag pocket. Stitch along the bottom edge of bag binding catching all layers and tucking in the side seams.
5. Trim and fit new pocket cover allowing for side seams including a generous top hem (above) for the pouch. N o need for extra lining--TM™ doubles as the lining in this application.
6. Compress seam edges under a teflon sheet to protect the vinyl canvas from the iron plate.
7. The finished bottom edge is stitched along the existing binding already on the bag--SID, stitch in the ditch here--easy.
8. Attach side seams by easing in the knit fabric and slip stitching with a heavier Thread (suggestion: Brytes 30 wt . poly) with a leather needle (has a chisel tip), which penetrates the vinyl and multiple layers easily.
9. Repeat steps for the accent flap and attach. The velcro was already there!
No longer plain Jane, shows off her makeover.
Are you inspired to re-purpose other items this way by introducing them to Texture Magic™? Stay tuned for more of Cinderella's How-To's. . .
Creativity urges can spike anytime and it's nice to already have a supply of Texture Magic™ in your stash. To include a package in your shopping cart Click Texture Magic™ and choose from 1/2 yd, 1 yd, custom cut sizes or several patterns using TM.
Cindy Scraba (www.cindysthreadworks.com)