Thursday, January 13, 2011

A {sorta} Silk Purse

 Quite some time ago, on a trip to Urban Source, I picked up this scrap of t-shirt material out of one of the bulk bins. I was attracted by the texture of the fabric and the lovely print.

When I got home, I tucked it away and forgot about it. I was purging some excess fabric from my stash yesterday and came across it again. I made sure this time I put it on my desk so I would remember to do something with it. As you can see, with a few quick seams, it sewed up nicely into a drawstring bag this evening.

 The hem had these Chinese (?!?) characters and numbers on it and I thought they were too interesting to throw away. I carefully cut the hem off and top stitched it around the centre of the bag.

See what I mean? I'd love to know what it says! There was just enough fabric left over to make the drawstring. Did you know that if you cut a piece of t-shirt (jersey) material in a long strip and then gently pull along the length of it that it will curl into a string? Yes indeedy!

In November, I bought grey jersey fabric and using the same method made personalized drawstring bags to hold the mini journals I made for the 12 Days of Xmas Exchange this year.

And that my friends, is how you make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I love it...and I love that you saved the edge...it is gorgeous in and of itself. I hope it says something nice... ;)