Sunday, September 14, 2008

Webkinz tote


Ah yes, the world of Webkinz! I know both my children are in love with these little plush toys that they register on the internet and play in the Webkinz world. I thought this would make a cute gift idea for my niece who is turning 3! I think I am safe to post today because she is probably busy with party prep and won't look at my blog today. (crossing fingers). I have seen some fabric baskets around so I went with this idea and varied it a little to create a childs' size purse.

Anyway, I wanted to share some of my tips with fabric stamping. I have recently found that the Making Memories acrylic paints are wonderful for this! I have tried A LOT of different paint/ink for these techniques and they all kind of serve different purposes. If you want fine detail...then ink is probably the way to go. For this project I wanted to match the bold fabric design (Michael Miller Fabric) so I needed a paint that would have the opacity to cover the fabric.
This means that the paint is less "see through" than others. For example, take a look at my apple square. Notice how I stamped a lighter pink on top of the dark green? The pink has enough opacity that you don't see the green through it.
Here is a shot of some of the supplies I used. For my stamped panels I just cut some small squares of cotton fabric (choose a high thread count fabric). The little foam brushes you can find at the craft/dollar stores. I pull out one for each color I am using, then I don't have to go and rinse brushes in between stamping.
I am using some images from the KIM HUGHES COLLECTION, mainly from her "sweet thang" set. Paint IS NOT precise so you need a stamp that is DEEPLY ETCHED so that the extra paint on the edges and such don't end up on your project. Be liberal with your paint application.
Here is a shot of all my little panels stamped.
Do you see the endless possibilities on customizing a gift? Sure the project would be cute just with the printed fabric, but that personal WOW touch is created with making it totally unique by stamping!
I then lay out all my squares and come up with a configuration that I like.
One of the many tricks of quilting that I have learned is by using fabric glue. The glue is set by just a quick press of the iron.
The benefit you ask???
Your fabric will not shift as you sew! This is so handy when you are trying to line up squares and seams!
Here is a quick close glimpse of my squares stitched together. I can't wait to give this to my niece today....she is a girly girl, so I think she will be pleased....

30 comments:

Lisa V said...

What a great idea! My kids are really into the webkinz too

Judy in Indiana said...

I came here from your SCS link, and I love this little tote. It's adorable and I would have never thought to make a tote with my stamps.

Stephanie said...

This is absolutely adorable...

Williams Family said...

Cute little bag, Sherrie and so much thought that you put into it. I'm sure she'll be delighted!

Lizette said...

This is just the cutest little bag ! Well done.

Victoria said...

This is fantastic. Sure wish I had time to get back into my quilting stash.

Scrubbysue said...

Awwwwwww........this is adorable~ and looks like a LOT of work! NICE JOB!!!

Lorraine said...

great bag. thanks for the tip on the fabric glue. this is adorable. My kids are older, I am so out of the loop with these stuffed animals. We used to collect beanie babies! lol

Lynn said...

OMG, is this adorable!
What a cute idea, I'm sure your niece will love it!

Lisa & Penny said...

OMG, that is so cute!!! I would never be able to do that.

Alvin & Denise Engler said...

As you saw Sherrie, she is thrilled with the little purse. It is so adorable! I wonder what she will put in it tomorrow...

Thank-you!

-de

specialcraftmom4 said...

What a neat idea!!! Great job, I know she will love it (:

Rose Ann said...

This is so fantastic!! Thank you for all of the details to your wonderful project!!

Webkinz Cheats said...

That Webkinz tote is an awesome idea. I'm going to have to make one, too

Tonya said...

Webkinz are the bomb!! We have too many to count! =) Cute purse and great idea. I've always heard about stamping fabric but always afraid to try. Thank you for the tutorial! Maybe I'll give it a go!

Sheri said...

I LOVE IT! The colors, prints and stamp images look great together. I wish I could learn to sew so I could do projects like this. If only I had the time. My twins sure keep me busy. Keep the tips coming!

Terri said...

Very cute, what a great idea. My daughter loves Webkinz too. Thanks for the tip about using fabric glue to help line up the quilt squares. Any chance of sharing the pattern?

{imagine. dream. create. } said...

This is really cute, Sherrie!

JAR said...

WOW! What an amazing little tote! Beautifully done!

veronica said...

your tote is great!

Stacey Schafer said...

no way! you did that bag with stamps? fantastic! I want one of my own:)

Conniecrafter said...

Such a cute idea for her, just love the projects you come up with, thanks for the tips on stamping!

Barefootstamper said...

Sherrie! This is over the top! I love it!

You were the Craft of the Week at Card of the Week.com. You can see the original post here.

I did use a picture from your post, with links back to the site and the original post. I hope that is OK. Please feel free to email me if you need me to change anything.

I also have an “I was featured” on badge for you if you want it :D

Thanks again for sharing!

Lacey Stephens said...

I love this! I just recently pulled out my sewing machine after YEARs of being in the closet just so I could sew on cards...maybe I should start sewing on fabric, too!! My daughter just got that cute white seal for her 6th birthday last weekend. We named her "Whiskers" because of the wild black whiskers that stand out so much on the white animal...apparently our seals must be cousins...the crazy whiskers must run in the family!! LOl By the way, it was my daughter's 12th Webkinz!!
~Lacey Stephens
www.handstampedbylacey.typepad.com

Kim said...

I love this! So creative, and simply adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah/WAstamper said...

WOW! Will you adopt me as your niece?? Just happened upon your blog. Thanks for the fabric stamping tips and the beautiful project.

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