Sometimes it’s fun to make something smaller. These leather bags are big enough to hold the basics without having to lug around a big bag. I painted a stripe down the middle of the brown one & left the cream colored one plain. By adding just a bit of red on the tip of the strap, it turned a simple bag into something a little more interesting. The leather has wool felt bonded to the inside as lining.
There is nothing more fun than someone contacting me for a request & giving me total freedom for the design. A week ago a woman asked me to make her a case for her Macbook Air & when I asked what color? What style was she thinking of? She just said ,”surprise me!” So, here it is. I made the brown one for her & made an additional one for my husband who picked blue. I bonded 100% wool felt to the inside in a contrasting color & hand stitched small details on the closure.
Here is yet another example of recycled vintage wool pants that have found a new life as an iPad case. I love when I find some fantastic fabric in the form of a garment just hiding in the racks. Once cut up & ironed, bonded to felt & leather details added it is hard to believe that they once walked down the street.
I found this oversized amazing Pendleton wool hunting jacket in a vintage store a while back. I knew I wanted to use it for a bag in some form & after measuring the dimensions for the Ipad I found that it was just the right size to make 3 with front pockets & all. I bonded the wool to colorful wool felt & used a rotery cutter to get a nice clean edge. The leather details are made from a beautiful old belt with a great patina. The Ipad that calls this home will definitely not catch a chill this winter. Also, instead of labels I stuck my lable onto a detachable pin so it can be removed. I thought these looked nice & clean.
I’ve been making these one of a kind animal pillows lately. The bodies are made from vintage 1970′s double knit wool ski sweaters. I started collecting them when I moved to Colorado when I saw them popping up at vintage shops. I couldn’t resist the colors & stripes. The applique’s are wool felt & then everything is hand embroidered onto the pillows. They are surely a labor of love because each one ends up taking me much longer then I expect.
This project was an example of how one idea flows into another & becomes yet another…..
First I made the rope bracelets, then I made the stamp to print on bags (for the bracelets) & it just so happens that when you actually get the ink out & start the printing process, you can’t help but use the left over paint on whatever happens to be laying around your work table. The size & shape of the stamp was perfect for an iphone case.
This case was made with 2 pockets. One for the phone & one for extras. It was also bonded to wool felt for protection. I really like the shot of yellow that peeks out from the inside.
When my husband got me an ipad for Christmas I made a case for it right on Christmas day. I used the most basic shape I could think of & padded it with wool felt. The whole project took less than an hour and a half. I like that when I put it in my bag it’s so small & doesn’t take up any space. When it was my husbands birthday I made him a case also but added an extra pocket at the top for all the magazine & newspaper clippings that rips out so he can look up the information later.
I like that the buttons on the dark one are different & look rugged like the leather. It’s always been a challenge for me to make something that truly looks masculine. I think I got it on this one though & the proof is that my husband actually uses it in public!
This case was made at the last minute this morning before I run out to the Apple store. The leather is bonded to the wool felt to give it padding. I also added a small patch pocket to hold a little money or a credit card. I ended up hand sewing the edges because my sewing machine kept jamming. The case can also be attached to any loop with the small fastener. I never thought I would need a case like this since I basically carry my phone in my back pocket most of the time.
Then I realized I needed one after all…..