April 11, 2009

a tote bag (stamp on fabric and suede)

I made this tote bag the day before yesterday, and I used it when I went shopping yesterday. :)
I created this, because I like needleworks originally, and the most reason I was moved to start making was a tote bag by Ms. Tami Hartley who is one of the Hero Arts Web Artists. Her fantastic design bag was inspired me a lot! This tote is introduced at the Hero blog on April 6th, 2009. Check and see it!
And this week's challenge theme of the Hero Arts is 'beyond paper' - creating a card or project where you have stamped on something other than cardstock or patterned paper. So fun project!, but it's difficult for me to choose materials on which to stamp.

This is my project,
a Tote Bag using the Design Blocks stamp, 'Outline Flowers'.
This Design Blocks 'Outline Flowers' was purchased for useing like this (for making bags or pouches) at the time when it released. So, this is my first use of it. I haven't ever use it for making cards.
How I made this tote is...
I stamped the Outline Flowers stamp, a few kind of small flower stamps from the Thoughtful Massages clear set, and the dot stamp from the Dot Flourishes set on a mix cloth of half linen and half cotton with VersaCraft espresso ink.
*This ink is fixed color by ironing after drying the inks perfectly.
After once ironed, I added colors to the flowers with VersaCraft Maize and Pale Auqa inks and ironed again. After that, I did outline-stitches at a part of its outline.
The blue big flower is a genuine suede. It was stamped a flower stamp with StazOn and added stitches, and put 2 kinds of Venetian seed beads.
Putting beads took me for a long time, because this suede was too thick for bead stitches.
The pale green (variegated) cloth flowers are stamped with VersaCraft, and put adhisive padding in the back. Finally, I put the leather handles.

This is a close-up of stamped and stitched part.

stamp used:
HA DesignBlock Outline Flowers / S5135
HA Clear design Thoughtful Massages/ CL184
HA Clear design Dot Flourishes / CL285

fabric: a mix cloth of half linen and half cotton,
variegated cotton fabric

Ink & embossing powder:
Tsukineko VersaCraft / Espresso, Maize, Pale Auqa, StazOn / Timber Brown

HA & Basic Grey buttons,
linen thread for buttons, cotton thread for stitching,
Leather handles, Genuine suede

Thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. おお!!素敵。スタンプでこんな事も出来るんだーっ。わースタンプ欲しくなるじゃない(笑)

  2. naokoさん、ありがとう!

  3. hi! i love this tote that you designed! its completely stunning! did you make the plain tote or purchased it somewhere? i would like to make one myself too and i like this design of the plain tote with brown straps.

  4. Hi, peanutos! Thanks for your visiting! I'm really glad to hear your impression about this tote bag.
    I just visited your blog and I looked for your e-mail address to send you my answer. But I couldn't find it there.

    So, I jot my answer down here.
    This tote was made by myself. But I took the
    easiest way to make it. The leather handle has 3 holes in the center each at the both side.
    Hope this helps. :) Thank you.

  5. wow. you made it yourself! cool! very inspiring! thanks for sharing! I'll show you my finished product if it's successfully :D

  6. Hi, peanutos!
    Thanks so much for your responce. I'm honored to have inspired you.
    Hope your success! Tell me please when you finished it, if you don't mind. :) Thank you.


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