Thursday, 6 September 2012

MADE BY MY CUSTOMER : How to make an Halloween bag by Carrol Swanson

Hi Carrol,
tell us about how you made this wonderful Halloween bag.

I usually make my bags from scratch but I ran across a great deal on these sturdy canvas bags so I snatched them up to save myself some time. I also bought the Frida Altered Homage digital file from For the reverse side I used a crow to tie in with the crows on Frida’s picture. Next I bought some Halloween fabric – crows of course, and gathered up some trims. Now we’re ready to sew.

Opening the top seam of the bag was simple and I pulled off the handles. We don’t want boring handles so I covered them with a strip of fabric which I’d gathered up the center. Then I made a lining for the bag – exactly the size of the purchased bag. Now comes the best part – the photos.

Digital art is wonderful. It’s inexpensive and once you buy the file you can use it again and again and again! 
The art Lucia makes for Take Your Pictures is truly incredible! And when you print your file you’ll be impressed with the quality of the pictures. Thank you Take Your Picture and darling Lucia!!

I printed my picture choices on canvas, cut them to the size I wanted, and sewed them to my bag with a decorative stitch. 

Next I added a few items to give it a little dimension – a leaf on Frida’s side and a feather for the crow. (Yes, that’s a real feather but the leaf is from a silk flower.)

Now stuff the liner in (be sure you have the right side facing out when you put it in the bag) and sew it to the top of the bag. Add the straps and your ready to trick-or-treat!

All photographs by © IrisEyes,2012.

Thanks to all
Happy Halloween !

Carrol Swanson

Thanks Carrol for sharing with us your project!

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September is here and Fall is in the air :welcome back from the holidays !!!

Hello to all
and welcome back from the holidays !!!

September is here and Fall is in the air !!!

A few days ago I had the great pleasure of meeting through my shop on Etsy Take Your Picture , a really fantastic person and also a great artist of sewing.

Her name is Carrol Swanson , owner of the shop IrisEyes on Etsy.
Please visit her shop , you can find many wonderful items like bags or purses sewn with love by Carroll.

The choice is wide and the colors of the fabrics are fabulous and the details that she uses to complete her projects are wonderful : vintage buttons , trims and unusual items for decoration.

But now let's see in detail one of the projects created by Carrol for Halloween using my digital file : digital Frida Altered Art Homage iron on transfer.

Good vision at all ;)


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