Sunday, February 23, 2020

kraft-tex Bi-fold Wallet


I decided to make my first wallet out of kraft-tex as part of the kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020 challenge. It went pretty well, and I learned some things along the way! kraft-tex is a paper-fabric hybrid that comes in a wide variety of colors and is a great leather substitute. You can cut it like paper and sew with it like fabric!

I was really happy to find this free pattern, the Cork Bi-Fold Wallet Pattern by Sew Sweetness.

Note: I trimmed about 1/4" off one short end of the cover to adapt this pattern for kraft-tex, since it's a bit thinner than cork fabric. This will make more sense when you watch her video tutorial.


Kraft-tex bi-fold Wallet

The color selection this month is Radiant Orchid, and I experimented with making a cat applique and painting my kraft-tex to make two wallets with different looks. For the cat wallet, I also used Linen colored kraft-tex. I cut it out freeform, then added some orchid pieces back on top for the eyes and nose.

I used a 3.5 stitch length and a microtex needle (size 90). I also used polyester thread, which I've heard is more durable for kraft-tex wallets than cotton thread. For the cat wallet, I stitched from both the front and the back to secure the inner wallet to the wallet cover. This was for durability and looks.

Kraft-tex bi-fold Wallet

For the second wallet, I used Tangerine Tango kraft-tex to give a pop of color on the upper card slots.

Kraft-tex bi-fold Wallet

After stitching up the Orchid and Linen Wallet, I experimented with gluing the front cover on the wallet instead of stitching it together. I used strong glue all around the perimeter and added Wonder Clips to secure. After I let it dry overnight, the sparkly cover was attached to the wallet without an any edge-stitching.

To get the galaxy effect to this wallet cover, I dabbed on a bit of white acrylic paint. Then I touched it up with some blue ink from a stamp pad. Finally, I added clear glitter T-shirt paint from a bottle I found in my craft supplies. I love how both wallets turned out fun and different!

Note: There are a few other kraft-tex wallet patterns in the new book I compiled called kraft-tex Creations. Check it out here!

   Kraft-tex bi-fold Wallet

kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020
I'm looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I'll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones).

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit CTPub.com and search kraft-tex.

Until then.... happy sewing! 






Monday, February 10, 2020

Tablet Shoulder Bag for Sewing Class

Hi sewing friends! I wanted to share a recent finish . . . this is the "Tablet Shoulder Bag
pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, which she contributed to the book On the Go Bags, which I co-authored with Janelle McKay of Emmaline Bags. I love this bag and this is the third one I've made.

I'm going to be teaching a sewing class in Ohio this spring, and when they asked for a bag pattern that a beginner could sew (sharing a machine) and feel accomplished at the end of the workshop, I couldn't think of a better pattern than this one from the book!

Tablet Shoulder Bag

I'm sending this bag off to be a shop sample, and had fun picking out the fabrics. The main fabric is Art Gallery denim in painterly wash (I've been hoarding it for years!), and the aqua lining fabric is Denyse Schmidt.

Tablet Shoulder Bag

The bag is a nice size! Here is is with a Kindle Fire inside. It would be a nice everyday bag if you like to keep things light. There's one roomy inside pocket and one outside pocket. Both are secured by a single magnetic snap when the top flap is closed.

Tablet Shoulder Bag 

Hope your week is going great!

You can find the "Tablet Shoulder Bag" pattern in:



Order: Amazon / CTPub / Barnes & Noble
 



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Stitched Zipper Pouch with kraft-tex

Have you recovered from the holidays yet and slipped into a new routine for the new year? I'm working on this. One of my goals is to start running again, so I've signed up for a race in April. It is a 10 mile race, and I've only ran around 3 miles at once, so I have quite a few nerves going into it! Any advice, runners? I definitely don't want to overdo it and get shin splints.

Another one of my goals is to spend time doing things that aren't productive. I used to enjoy writing in a journal, songwriting, and just spending time thinking about life.

These days, I'm much better at checking things off a list than...
      pondering...
               wondering...
                        being still.

This goal feels HARD to me. Maybe more difficult than running a race. Still, I feel like I've lost touch with a part of myself in the push-pull of motherhood, and I'm hoping to reconnect with some of the creative practices that have helped shape my identity over time. To see what still sparks joy.

Do you have any goals for the new year? Did you write them down or tell anyone? For me, telling someone my goal makes it more real.

"Oh, we're doing this."


I spent some time sewing today, and that was fun! This red pouch is made from a single sheet of kraft-tex, a paper-fabric hybrid that is fun to work with and comes in a wide variety of colors. So if you're looking for vegan leather... try it out and you won't be disappointed.


The pattern for this pouch appears in the new book I compiled called kraft-tex Creations.

More on the book next week.... and a giveaway!

Linda Seeman-Korte contributed this design, called the "Funky Zipper Pouch." I used Designer kraft-tex in Crimson. One roll is enough to make two of these pouches, with some extra kraft-tex to spare. I stitched some straight lines in black and white thread. I didn't think too hard about the placement, which was fun and relaxing. I used a stitch length of 3.5 for the decorative stitching.

I like how the pouch opens wide at the top, and especially how it sits upright when you use it.



kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020
I'm looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I'll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones).

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit CTPub.com and search kraft-tex.

Until then.... happy sewing!





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