Awhile back I ordered some felt online to play with. Just to get a feel for what sewing with it would be like. That crazy Martha Stewart had a pattern for a "shopper" type bag that was a free download so I thought that might be a quick, easy way to start. I am all about the instant gratification. It's terrible.
Some other breaking news, I love color. I obsess about color. I color coordinate the books on my shelves. And since the felt I purchased was just plain ol' green I decided it needed some jazzing up.
So I sketched out a tree and started cutting out some leaves. Traced those little fellers onto the felt with a fabric pencil (I've secretly always wanted to use my fabric pencil but never seemed to find a reason.)
Cut the trunk out of some brown cotton, leaving an allowance so I could fold the edges.
With an Exacto knife, I carefully cut out each of the leaves. Felt cuts beautifully with an Exacto knife, especially if it's a new blade. Now I have a bunch of little leaf pieces that I can use for another project. Lord knows I DON'T THROW ANYTHING AWAY!
Pinned the tree onto the bag and sewed it. Added some free sewing details to the trunk to give it some character. Then got busy sewing the leaves. I placed each piece of fabric from my color spectrum behind the cut outs and sewed them on top. I'm a pretty good multi-tasker but once I started sewing I stopped photographing. I struggle with doing both!
TA DA! The finished product. It's a rainbow tree. It turned out great. Coulda just made a plain green shopper but NO.....had to take it up a notch. It will be a great book bag for the library books or a reusable grocery bag. It will definitely get used.
And btw, Happy Earth Day!