Monday, June 28, 2010

For the Birds

For the Birds

This bag was a bit more work than the previous ones. It was worth it though. I love the way it turned out!

I've been asked where I get my images. What? What do you mean where do I get them? I make them. For this particular bag I had seen a photograph in a quilting magazine of a small, very intricate and detailed quilt. I loved it and decided I wanted to do something similar, but much simpler.

Using the image of the small quilt as inspiration, I pulled out my pencil and paper and drew the outline of my bird. Then I transferred that to the brown fabrics and cut it out (I had attached iron on fusing to the back). I cut out the yellow piece, the feet, the beak, the clouds and the tree freehand. I then pieced it all together on the unfinished flap of the bag and used a small, tight zigzag stitch on the sewing machine to embellish and permanently adhere it to the flap. Oh yeah and I used some beads for his eye. 

This bag use to be my friend Jenn's ugly pants (her words not mine). The tree came from a pair of my old pants that I have already made a bag with, Beige Bag. The clouds are the lining of a dress. I'm wearing the dress in the Red Flower Bag photos, pre-upcycle. When he was taking the photos my husband also took the time to tell me how much he didn't like the dress. I've only worn it twice in 3 years so I'm obviously not to fond of it either. The rest of the material, the part that makes up the bird and the lining, is all scrap that I have had laying around for at least a year. I think that the brown is leftover from the hotdog costume I made my dog for a contest.

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  1. Nice, real nice the look of the website title too. Keep up the good work!

  2. Ashley,

    I had no idea you were so handy with the needle and thread! You are so talented in so many ways. May the Lyme get the **** out of your way so we can see the full Ashley, please!

  3. This is so pretty, wish I had those sort of skills! Looks so well finished-love animal stuff!


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