Crossbody Envelope Bag with Crafty Chica 2014
I love Kathy Cano-Murillo, more commonly known to blog readers as the Crafty Chica! Kathy’s blog was one of the first that inspired me to go for my own craft blog. I loved then, and still do now that she’s so true to her personal crafty style that it got her a crafty product line. How sweet is that gig? Oh, and just because, check out her craft room floors!!!
When I got my haul in the mail I sifted through transfers of all sorts of types and tons of sugar skulls (would you expect any less? :) and some of the most fabulously juicy fabric markers that are seriously my fave now.
But as I was sorting through my goodies a flashback to something I had seen in the school supply/office section of Walmart… a fabric paper file. So I headed into town and grabbed the last gingham check they had at this particular store because in my head it was all about the gingham check! And when I got home I whipped up this baby in about 30 minutes. And since it’s a crossbody it’s really functional for me because it can hold quite a bit and I tend to prefer the crossbody style because I’m forgetful and prone to a mugging now and again.
In the end, I LOVE my bag and I’ll show you exactly how to make your own!
For this project you will need:
- fabric file/paper holder (Walmart – maybe with office supplies, maybe with folders in school supplies)
- chain (mine is also from Walmart)
- embroidery thread
- Crafty Chica appliques
- Crafty Chica iron on transfers
- Tulip Glam It Up Crystals
- Tulip Crystal Bond (optional since the gems are hotfix)
Take an iron on transfer and smack dab it right in the middle of the “front” of the envelope.
Setting your iron to the “wool” setting and placing a piece of fabric between the applique and the iron, press the applique onto the folder holder.
If the plastic on top easily comes up, peel away. If not, give it some more heat and try again. If it doesn’t come up easily, iron it again or risk tearing it!
Since my decal had a little dots all around it looked like the perfect place to get some bling on. I used the largest of the crystals that came in 3 packages of Glam-It-Up 50 piece sets, but you can buy other sets that have more in them.
I tried to heat set them but slipped and jacked up my decal a bit. After that I went with the Crystal Bond which worked so much better in the end anyway.
Flip your file over and choose your fabric applique. This was my fave. Hands down! Place in a bottom corner and press down until fully adhered.
You can cover the button which may, or may not match the style you’re going for with a smaller sugar skull applique. Since it doesn’t want to adhere to the button you’ll need to carefully iron down all around it. If yous tart with the bottom and work your way around you won’t have to worry about it setting up all wonky on you. Have you ever tried to peel up an ironed on applique? Save yourself the time and stress and work slowly!
Take the end of your chain and start stitching it onto the “front” side of the envelope. I used embroidery floss and highly recommend it.
Stitch all around until well secured, making sure that you sew OVER the break that occurs in the chain.
Place the bag across your body and determine the length you want the chain to be. Use nippers or even the cutting portion of needle deep inside a pair of nose pliers to trim to the right length. Tack down with your thread and call it a day!
I really can’t say which side I like better. This one is fab and has rhinestones which I LOVE…
but I swear that applique is the cutest darn sugar skull I’ve ever seen!
In the end it doesn’t really matter because both sides are super cute and I can flip it on demand!
Don’t forget to check out the new 2014 Crafty Chica line of fall goods and get your crossbody envelope bag on!