Thursday, 28 February 2008

Paper bag books

As I haven't posted for a couple of days, I thought I would post the results of the paper bags I did a while back.
If you remember I began with a couple of paper bags which I had saved many moons ago because I liked them.

I will post just one of them for this blog and do the other tomorrow or whenever.

I opened the bag and ironed it flat.
I used some pelmet vilene for the inside and sized it first with a coat of thin pva. Then I painted it and stamped it.

Next I glued the paper bag to the lining, painted the veins on the leaves with gold paint and gave it a coat of acrylic wax.

I satin stitched around the edges and folded it into a padfolio so that the leaves lined up.

Next I made an acetate pineapple to attach to the front to use as an opening flap.

I drew the pineapple from the padfolio onto some soluble fabric and layered up some sheer fabric and some acetate sheet. I free machined the pinapple with gold thread.
I used a soldering iron to cut out the pinapple and then washed away the soluble fabric.

The pineapple was then stitched onto the front of the padfolio overlapping the join.

A piece of dyed organza ribbon fastened the padfolio closed.



Purple Missus said...

What a stunning result with a simple paper bag. This is a wonderful idea Shirley and I particularly like your use of acetate, especially the way you have overlapped it.

sharon young said...

What a lovely padfolia, shirley, I love the pattern on the paper bag, thanks very much for the instructions, will have to have a go at this.

Helen Suzanne said...

this is great. I really like the effect of using the bag base. It's come out all sophisticated :)