I mentioned last week that I was having too much fun with my Big Shot and I had several projects in the works. I have most of them completed now, but I could not wait to show you my FAVORITE! TA DA.....
Strolling through Wal-Mart, I spotted a Pumpkin Pie tote that was just screaming to be altered and I knew just what to do. I used my Big Shot to cut out a mask of the Top Note die using ordinary Contact paper. I placed the mask on the tote and rubbed the edges of the Contact paper to make sure that they were secure. I then used a fabric paint brush and some Tulip Soft Matte fabric paint to create the focal image.
(Note: If you can not find these fabric brushes, make sure that the brush is like a stipple brush to create a nice even layer. Also, paint from the edges of the mask out to minimize bleeding. Two coats of the fabric paint is also recommended.)
I then used my Big Deal alphabet set and very vanilla craft ink to monogram my tote. To help fill the space and really give it that 'fall' look, I added some Flower Fusion felt flowers and Earth Element buttons sewn together with SU! linen thread.
And of course, what is a tote without ribbon?!? I tied some Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around the handles to help unify the brown components of the bag. For durability, I used Fray Lock on the edges of the ribbon.
I am a mother of four, so I KNOW this tote will need a little cleaning every now and then. The tote and fabric paint are washable, but I doubt that the felt flowers will do well during scrubbing. What to do? I decided that I would sew snaps onto the backs of the flowers and front of the tote so that I could take them off while cleaning or replace them entirely. GENIUS! Well maybe not genius, but it was a good idea!
Inspired to create a fall piece, create a tote, play with your Big Shot? I hope so!
Be Inspired by Life,