For the first part of my set, I decided to put together a travel tote using the MFT digital paper files. Did you know that you can actually PRINT on fabric?! I figured it out this weekend and was *so* psyched. I think this is going to open up a new world of craftiness for me (especially considering that companies like MFT are now allowing you to buy their paper files to print yourself!).
To construct the bag, I started with a plain canvas shopping tote. I printed the MFT papers on fabric , heat set them with an iron, and stitched them together to make wide stripes that reached from mid-way up the front of the bag to mid-way up the back. I then took out the stitching of the pre-made canvas bag, so I could properly sew the MFT fabric into the bag. I then stitched on a wide brown grosgrain ribbon to cover the seams. Next I stamped my image using fabric-safe ink (and masked a lot to get it composed how I wanted it) before coloring it in with copic markers (which DO hold up to washing!). I sewed it to more MFT fabric and then to the bag base. I sewed on some buttons to accent it before sewing the bag back together at the seams. I finished off the bag with a big cute polka dot bow.
There's a close-up of the stamped and colored image on my blog.
Stamps: MFT's "Going Places"
Papers: MFT Digital Paper Pack in Chocolate Kiss
Inks: Fabrico Brown
Accessories: Copic Markers, Buttons by Oriental Trading Co., Fabric, Polka-Dot ribbon (maker unknown), Canvas Bag
lf you like this project, please let me know, and PLEASE consider voting for me tonight (May 5), starting at 10 pm EST in the MFT forum! Voting runs for 24 hours!