My Baby Mermaid Library Bag (although you could could use it for many purposes) actually began because I didn't want to waste the left over Pebeo Setacolor paint I had been using on another project. Here's what happened...
- I had left over Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paint in Oriental Blue, Light Green and Butter Cup
- I grabbed a piece of washed (without fabric softeners) and ironed cotton "Homespun" craft fabric
- I added some water and swished it on randomly - just to see what would happen.
- I was happy with this result, and it reminded me of a water scene, and of course MERMAIDS
- So I grabbed a Pebeo SetaSkrib marker pen and marked in the basic shapes of my baby mermaid.
- The basic shapes to draw to start off your mermaid are a circle for the face, a football shape for the body, and a triangle for the tail - it can be that simple.
- Once you have drawn in your shapes with the marker, begin to fill them in with Pebeo Setacolor Fabric paint. I mixed together White and Bengal Pink to make the face and Used the Bengal pink on its own for the body and tail.
|I used a heat dryer to spend up the paint trying so I could move on to the next layer.|
- Next I used a stencil and white fabric paint to add a pattern on the body. I used a Princeton Stencil brush at first, then a finer brush to make the white paint thicker around some edges to add shading and dimension
- Add some detail on the tail with white paint
- I used a mixture of Pebeo Setacolor in Parma Violet and White, with a fine brush and wavy strokes to create the hair (imagine hair floating about in water). I started the beginnings of my face as you can see. The neck is just a small line and the arms are simple stick arms and hands.
- I love to add dots so I added swirls of white dots in the hair
|Note how I have also added some Parma violet shading on the tail. You can also go over any of the colours as they dry to increase their intensity.|
- Use a fine brush and/or Setaskrib markers to create facial details. Don't forget to add a dot of white paint for a hi-light in the pupil to give a "starry-eyed" look. Note also how I haven't outlined the bottom of the eye, this adds youth and whimsy to the face.
|The finished Baby Mermaid|
DON'T FORGET TO IRON YOUR DESIGN AS PER INSTRUCTION ON THE BOTTLE TO SET THE PAINT
Although my design had started just as a play on a piece of fabric, I ended up really liking it and wanting to use it in some way so I decided to make a simple children's library bag. Here's how I did it:
- Cut a piece of cotton fabric to required size, mine is 35cm X 40 cm finished. My fabric is a remnant of uncoated curtain fabric.
- As you can see in the above photo I cut a long piece of fabric so the bottom or the bag has a folded edge. BEFORE stitching up the side seams I have finished the top edge of my bag with my overlocker, and folded over a seam of about 3cm. This will create a casing to thread through a cord. You can see I have marked in a button hole. I actually did not sew the button hole in this position, as the hole would have ended up on the inside of the bag and I wanted it to be on the outside.
- Once you have sewn in your button hole, sew up your side seams, then fold over your casing and stitch in place. Press with your iron.
- Next you will need to adhere your design to your bag. To do this you need a double sided adhesive web which you will be able to buy from a fabric and craft store. There are many varieties available but I used Heat - n -Bond Ultrahold. Follow the instructions on your product.
|Note the button hole is only sewn through one thickness of fabric (before the top edge is folded over)|
|Here I have peeled off the backing on one side of the adhesive web and ironed it to the wrong side of my design. Next I will cut around the design, then I will peel off the paper backing and iron it to my bag while it is till out flat.|
|As a final touch I've used a bit of Dimensional Fabric Paint|
- Once you have adhered your design, attach a safety pin to a piece of cord and thread through the casing. Going the cord together with your sewing machine and you are done.