|Finished "Pink Sock Monkey" Tote Bag|
I got the idea after reviewing the sketches I did quickly on my iPad before I made my first sock monkey toy earlier in the week. After looking at the sketches, I thought one would be cute design on a tote bag. Instead of my usual applique, I decided to draw and paint the sock monkey on the fabric before making the tote bag.
|iPad sketch and finished Sock Monkey in Tutu|
I started with a new sketch for the tote bag while I washed and dried a sanded cotton twill for the outer portion of the bag.
I then pressed the twill and printed cotton flower fabric I chose for the lining and cut out the pieces. 2 fabric and cut it out: 2 16"x18" pieces of the outer bag twill, 2 16"x18" pieces of the lining cotton, 2 8.5" x 7.5" pieces of the lining fabric to make and inner pocket, and 2 6"x26" pieces of the outer bag fabric for the straps.
I then traced the design on to the twill using a pencil and outlined it with a permanent marker. After the marker design was complete, I heat set it with an iron. I then used a 50/50 mix of acrylic paint and Golden's GAC-900 Fabric Painting Medium to paint the design.
After the paint dried, I heat set it with an iron following the directions to do it in a well ventilated area.
I then applied fusible interfacing to the twill bag front and back and fusible fleece to the 2 lining pieces. After assembling and sewing the bag, here is the end product.
My next project is making a smaller child's version for my granddaughter, Emma. Nana and Emma will have matching bags soon!