Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Finished...but more projects planned!

I got my messenger bag finished! Here it is:


It's huge! I didn't realize it was going to be quite that big. Oh well, I can fit a lot in it:

Now my next project is going to be making cloth napkins. Mom and I went to the fabric store last Friday and found a bunch of neat fabric. I got some to make napkins for myself too. I should probably work on Mom's first though...which means they also get to be the guinea pigs! Hmm...
Actually, I also got some plain canvas for cloth shopping bags and perhaps I should make those first. At the grocery store we shop at, Lowe's Foods, you get points for using re-usable shopping bags and then you can use the points for groceries or gift cards. So we should start using these soon! :)

Mom's napkin fabric:

My fabric:

The fabric with flowers should go with my dishes. The Celtic knots are just awesome, I'm not sure what they'll go with, black and white dishes maybe. And the "moo" fabric would go with b&w as well. Actually, since it's b&w it would go with many things...or it doesn't have to match at all. I bet little kids would love having napkins that said "moo" all over them. For that matter, forget kids, I think having napkins that say "moo" is pretty neat! :D

Actually, my very next project (probably next week if I don't have time tomorrow) will be making something like this for my bathroom. I'll make it with various green and blue patterned paper. I got a really cheap metal frame at TJMaxx last year and so far I've just left the black and white flower photo in it.
I was planning on taking a photo that would go with my shower curtain, but there is an amazing lack of indistinct, blue, tropical flowers around here! :p And that's what's on my shower curtain (see last post, in cabinet picture). So I shall make one of these and put it in the frame and have totally awesome, totally unoriginal art. :)
It's a good frame too. It's a Nielsen Neo-Florentine Beaded frame in silver, and I got it for, I think, five or six dollars with two layers of glass in it...good deal.


Andrea said...

Ooohh, I like the bag!

And just out of curiosity, how much did that moo fabric cost? I saw some at Hancock Fabrics recently and it was like $9 a yard!

Natalie said...

Ooo, I don't buy nine dollar a yard fabric!
No, this was on clearance at Joann Fabrics for, hmm...I'm going to say it was 3 dollars a yard. I doubt that all Joann stores have the same clearance, but if you have one nearby you could look. :)

Abigail said...

I really like the bag! Nice job.

mandolinartist said...

I was going to ask where you bought your fabric. I went to Joann's on Stratford Rd today and found some fabric for $1.49 per yard. They had some scraps for cheaper. (Of course you can buy expensive stuff too.)

You could also live on the edge and paint your own paper for the art project... It looks great. I like contemporary designs.

Rebecca said...

I love the bag! Do have a pattern you're using for the grocery bags, or are you sort of improvising on that?

Natalie said...

I'm sort of going to improvise on the grocery bags...they're basically going to be tote bags, with good squared bottoms, and I'll put some plastic canvas in the bottoms of them so they stand up well. That's the plan anyway!