Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fun with Washi Fabric

This whole fabric diet thing is harder than it looks.  I'm actually doing great when it comes to quilting fabric.  I'm not craving any new fabric for quilts.  I have lots of quilting projects planned out and haven't even been scoping out quilting fabric.  Fabric for other projects is a bit harder to resist.  A good friend "needed" a Jane Market bag.  I just didn't have any perfect fabrics to make one for her.  I bent my resolve a bit and bought some 1/2 yards of Washi by Rashida Coleman Hale.  I figure it was for a gift so it's okay, right?  I admit I love this fabric.  The colors are fun, and the designs are so unique--just perfect for a market bag. I bought enough to make two market bags.





My other project with this fabric was a needle book for a gift.  I saw a couple tutorials online, but ended up doing my own thing.
I had a charm pack of wool felt squares I wanted to use for the "pages" so I designed the size around the 5" squares of felt.  There are two pockets to fit all sorts of fun embroidery items.

Finally I have these 4" squares leftover from the market bags, cut out to make the boxed bottom.  I'm thinking of sewing them up for some coasters.

 Now back to the fabric diet...

22 comments:

  1. Well if your friend `needed` a bag, then I think it`s perfectly okay! Lovely bags Kati.

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  2. Those fabrics are so fun! Your bags look great and the needle book is so cute. Coasters sound like the perfect ending for those scraps!

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  3. Hey - you bought but then you used them right up! It's not hoarding! And I LOVE what you did with these fabrics!!

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  4. Amy is a lucky lady! I have been resisting this fabric for a couple weeks. After seeing your cute bags I had to order some. I agree with Emily if you use the fabric you buy right away it doesn't count.

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  5. super cute Kati! I love the print on the interior of the bags. It was hard to tell the scale of that online... I ordered just a quarter yard of one print to see what the fuss is about. ;) I'll decide then whether I "need" any or not.

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  6. I'm not on a fabric diet --- and once I free up a bit money that washi fabric is mine!!! :) I love what you've done with it; it's fabulous!!!

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  7. The Jane Market Bag is one of my favorites and that fabric I love it even more seeing it in projects!

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  8. Oh they look fab Kati! Such happy fabrics and great use of them. Love your needle book too.

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  9. Like any other diet...it is DIE with a T...I am trying to get through mine too :o)

    Love the projects

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  10. Kati-I love the bag. I saw it on her blog, it is the perfect fabric for this. Now you have me totally wanting some of this fabric.

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  11. Those are cute prints! I can see why it'd be hard to resist. I love the needle book you designed. Very cute!

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  12. This turned out great! Love that washi fabric. I really need to get the Jane pattern!

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  13. Sure, if it's for other people, it doesn't affect the diet, you know, like feeding other people cream cakes doesn't affect your waistline ;o)

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  14. Love the market totes Kati! Agreed, I am looking at my fabric diet as restraining from frivolously buying new fabrics and making an effort to use up what I have, but especially for gifts its hard to only use what you have! I think your doing great :-)

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  15. Totally agree, presents don't count! LOVE them all, so cute!

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  16. I know, I had to have some of the Washi fabric too! I was thinking bags for mine as well! Great minds. lol. Your bags are fabulous.

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  17. I don't think anyone here will give you grief over getting more fabric...especially since you (ahem) *needed* it....laugh

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  18. I love the bags and needle book. What a great gift!!! I am crushing on this this fabric so bad :) It is probably one of my favorites right now. I hope your having a great day Kati.

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  19. Wow, I like those bags! Still LOOOOOOVE the one that I got too. You're good at putting fabrics together. What a fun idea for the book too.

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