I finally finished the plastic canvas tote that we all started during the August Craft party. Of course, I put a dragonfly on the side. I added some beading to bling it up a bit. I found some awesome material with a dragonfly print on it at JoAnn Fabrics and used it for the lining. I measured the sides and bottom, added 1/2 inch (for a 1/4 seam allowance. I cut all the panels out. I decided that I wanted pockets at 7” and 5”. I measured and cut them along the fold of the fabric to allow a double thickness pocket with a nice finished edge. On one side, I sewed a stitch down the middle to divide the pocket and then added ‘pencil’ pockets in the 5” pocket on one side. I left the pocket the full length on the other side. Once the lining was sewn together, I used fabric glue to adhere it to the inside of the tote (this is much easier than trying to sew it in).
I made this necklace and earrings to go with a blouse that I’m wearing for work next week. I bought all the material at Michaels. The pendant was a plain large glass piece, so I etched a dragonfly onto it. I taped a piece blue painters tape down on copy paper (for stability) and punch out the dragonfly using a paper punch. I pulled up the tape and used it as a mask on the pendant. The etching cream was applied in a thick layer onto the pendant and allowed to sit for one minute…rinse, pull up the tape, dry and you have an etched pendant.