The idea came to me earlier that day when I was considered to paint something on an old messenger bag that I never used. And on the topic of painting on a bag, my mind began to wander. Painting... bags... Could you also make a bag out of a painting? As you can image, I decided that I had to go to a thrift shop to find out. And there I found something even better than the canvas I was looking for: a piece of embroidery!
And thus I spend my evening making a bag out of it. Here's what I did.
- a piece of embroidery ( edit: today I learned it is actually needlepoint instead of embroidery, a difference we don't make in the Netherlands ;) so wherever I write 'embroidery' just read 'needlepoint' okay? )
- some denim fabric
- some fabric for the lining
- sewing equipment
First, I took the embroidery out of the frame. I figured that I needed some extra fabric to actually make the bag, so I looked in my stash until I found a big piece of denim fabric that once was the cover of an ottoman.
I traced the measurements of the embroidery onto the denim, And cut the denim around it, leaving around 5 cm on each side(which necessary to give it sides and a bottom). What I did next was basically making the shopper bag that I made in this post, so you can follow the exact instructions from this post if you'd like to.
|sewing the sides and bottom...|
|making box pleads in the bottom corners..|
I'm quite proud of this project! I mean, who doesn't want to walk around with a piece of art (I'm generous with my titles today) on its bag? Casually swinging your art on your shoulder when going to work, going to the market and say: "Oh I don't need a plastic bag, I just put these apples into my painting"? Scaring thieves away with the judgmental look of the old man? I'm sold!
|ps: look at those sweet thrifted shoes!|
I really enjoyed the art/sewing combination. I'm planning to do a few more of these things in the near future. Maybe with a real canvas painting this time? And maybe make a purse instead of a shopper bag? I'll keep you updated! In the meantime, please let me know what you think of it!