I love creating with fabric. When I can mix in inks and paints and some of my favorite “paper” techniques on fabric I am a happy girl! I am excited to share a peek at the new Fabric Elements collection by fabric art collage artist Rebekah Meier. If you haven’t discovered Rebekah’s art yet, I encourage you to check out her blog and discover some of the amazing things she creates with fabric!
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post to learn about the Fabric Elements Challenge. There is an amazing grand prize pack and more!
I am taking part in a special blog hop to help introduce you to Rebekah’s new Fabric Elements collection. The new collections is available exclusively at Joann Fabrics.
The official intro…
The products were developed by Rebekah Meier following the success of her books about Fabric Art Collage. There are 32 SKUS now on sale at Joann Fabric and Craft stores, and also a new book by Rebekah called “Techniques in Mixed Media” which shows step-by-step mixed media projects. The products include pre-cut substrates such as Wool Felt, Lutradur, Peltex, Batting, Waffle Muslin, Osnaburg, all in neutrals so that ANYTHING can be created. There is also tissue and stencils designed by Rebekah Meier as well.
The project I want to share with you today is what I call a “What Not” pocket. It is just a fun little hanging pocket to tuck special things into. It is super simple sewing that even novice sewers can create.
Begin by misting one of the white printed fat quarters with water. Misting with water helps spray inks wick and spread through fabric.
Mist assorted colors of Distress Spray Stain onto the wet fabric. The ink spray will wick out through the fabric and color the background “behind” the printed design. Dry the fabric with a heat tool or air dry. (FYI- Distress Ink is NOT permanent so it is not appropriate for projects that might be laundered.)
Cut (or tear) two pieces of fabric to about 11″ x 8″. Cut two pieces of batting to about 11″ x 8″.
Layer each piece of fabric with a piece of batting.
Sew a strip of lace along the top edge of each fabric/batting piece.
Place a stencil over the fabric on the pocket front. Tap Distress Ink onto the fabric through the stencil using an ink blending tool. (Color shown: Ground Espresso.)
Cut a thin piece of chipboard to about 8.5″ x 5.5″. (I used the chipboard insert from the package of batting.)
Slip a chipboard piece between the fabric and batting on each of the two fabric/batting pieces. Add a bit of glue stick to help keep the chipboard in place while assembling the pocket.
Cut a second piece of fabric. Place the heart stencil over the fabric. Tap Distress Ink onto the fabric through the stencil using an ink blending tool. I used ink that was already on my blending foams so that the color would be soft and not heavy ink.
Use a glue stick to lightly secure the stenciled fabric to a piece of batting.
Add machine stitching to the heart to create a quilted look.
Trim around the heart with pinking shears. Sew a vintage button to the center of the heart.
Use a glue stick to adhere the heart to the center front of the pocket front. Randomly stitch through the heart to secure it to the front of the pocket. (I sewed through the chipboard.)
Trim the bottom and side edges with pinking shears.
Sew the two fabric/batting pieces together with the batting sides together. I sewed three lines of stitching on each side and bottom edge, some wavy and some straight. I like the whimsical effect of a wavy stitched line. Brush the edges with brown Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Add embellishments to the heart next to and around the bow. (I used a wide silk ribbon with small vintage millinery flowers.)
Add ribbon to the top two corners to create a hanging strap. The ribbon can be any length you want depending on how long you want the pocket to hang.
Add vintage buttons at each corner to cover the spot where the ribbon attached to the pocket. As an extra touch, I die cut a small label (Tim Holtz Label Collection) from an embossed tag in my scrap bin. I inked the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and stamped a sentiment with letter stamps.
I LOVE the way the white print on the fabric resists ink! It is so simple to add color to the fabric and look at the amazing results!
Ready to create and try out Fabric Elements?
Fabric Elements Creative Challenge
Fabric Editions, Inc. wants to see how mixed-media artists can adopt and play within the new fabric substrates of the Fabric Elements product line. To kick off the product launch we are having a Creative Challenge using the Fabric Elements products. Each of the 20 finalists will receive a copy of Rebekah Meier’s book, “Techniques For Mixed Media”. The Grand Prize Winner will receive 1 of each the items in the Fabric Elements product line, plus a Fabi Sizzix cutter and 3 dies: Prize valued at $379.00 (no cash prizes). Click here for the full details on how to enter and for more details on this line.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out the other posts in the blog hop-