Monday, November 22, 2010
Studio Box Tutorial!
When I met up with the fabulous Alisa Burke last week, we exchanged materials and a challenge. I created a Studio Box from mine! and here's how:
On Peltex or Timtex, I measured a grid of 6 inch squares.
I cut out 4 sides and the bottom, as one piece.
Using Alisa's hand painted fabrics, and my blue jean scraps, I collage them to one of the 4 sides. Use a touch of glue stick to hold the smaller pieces in place before sewing. (I worked one side at a time, then the bottom of the box)
Using black thread, I free motioned the pieces down.
The peltex I was using, has a fusible side, so I ironed the larger peices down, before stitching on them.
I had a jeans pocket, so I stitched it to one side of my box. I didn't think my machine could go through the french seam thickness, so I sewed just inside the pocket through just two layers of denim, onto a piece of fabric and through to the peltex.
more stitching, working one side at a time.
I didn't get a photo, but I did some hand stitching, on the 4 sides, before I added the backing. You can add buttons, beads too!
For the lining of the box, I used more denim. (I'd spray painted it, with lace as a stencil, using spray gesso.) I used a fusible webbing to hold down the deninm. You can see my stitching on the right, so the denin interior will cover all that up.
Buddy was quite impressed!
Finished with the box adornments and lining, I zigzaged all the edges. I only did one pass on the machine, you could do more, or a denser stitch to make it more perfect.
Since I had two interior seams on the denin, I straight stitched those, to secure them.
Pinned together, I hand stitched one side at a time.
Be sure to make a knot every once in a while, as you stitch up the sides, just to secure your stitching.
A impulsive, but excellent addition! I stamped some acylic turoquoise circles on all for sides!
You can see the red hand stitching here.
A wonderful Studio Box! and no worries if I splatter paint on it!
a pocket for pencils...
and I could even store my yarn and knitting needles in it. I'd better make some more!