This project was bound to come up eventually ^-^ This purse is a tribute to my all-time favorite Sanrio character, Bad Badtz Maru, a mischievous little penguin that always has a angry look on his face. His designs are usually covered with an XO motif, as in Japanese that actually means badtz maru, and is a way of saying wrong or right, like how we mark things with an X or a √ (check).
The fabric I used was a plaid that was leftover from a dress I made back in college. Unfortunately, the fabric was a little scratchy, so I looked forward to using up this fabric on something besides clothing. I love the contrast upper band as well as the straps that loop through the grommets. After finishing the bag I realize it might have worked much better as a color block kind of design, where each piece was a different solid color. Maybe I’ll try that next time! 😀
Do you like how crazy and edgy today’s pattern looks? 😀 This project is a tribute to my favorite musician of all time, Ringo Shiina. Ringo is a Japanese musician that’s been making music since about 1998, and her style ranges from punk, alternative, jazz, ska, funk, and even some hip hop. Her diversity is what I love so much about her. She even manages to fully integrate Eastern music styles with Western ones. It would not faze her one bit to use a shamisen for a rock song, or do a hard core punk version of a traditional Japanese ballad. She was also part of a group called Tokyo Jihen for many years, but during that time she mellowed out to just basic rock. Her solo stuff I always thought was infinitely better.
Ringo’s had countless guitars over her career, and they all look really awesome, but the one I had the fabric to make was her silver sparkle version of the Duesenberg Starplayer TV. Don’t get me wrong, if I had the fabric I would have made so many more of her guitars! I’ve seen other patterns for guitar bags online, but I really wanted to try my hand at making my own so I could make some personal adjustments. Firstly, the bag has some depth from an added gusset, it zips at the top, it has the guitar neck attached to the pickups as a strap, and of course it’s shaped like Ringo’s guitar! Even though it’s not sparkly, I had some leftover crushed velvet from a Christmas gift I made a few years back that I thought did a decent job of mimicking the finish of the silver guitar. I’ve added the star decal in the corner as it shows up in her Gunjou Biyori video and I thought it was an adorable touch 😀
This fabric was a leftover rayon suiting from some pants that I made. I’m kind of a plaid pants freak ^w^ The zipper was leftover from a bag project and the inner seams are bound with some bias tape I had lying around. Wooo destashing! And in the end I used up every bit of that purple plaid. No survivors!
I don’t actually own an iPad myself (nor can I afford to buy one for my boyfriend, who wants one so badly). But I figured with all the people out there who probably got one for Christmas, having a project for a free case might help some peoples out! The case is padded lightly with some batting, and gives an inch or two of wiggle room. So if you’re one of those people who likes to put their electronics in a hard case then in a soft case, this will give you room for that. There’s also a little pocket on the front for putting your charging cable. All in all, a very sweet and stylish recycling of one of my favorite fabrics 😀
So here it is! My first free project for you all! My goal is definitely that this be the first of many more to come 😀
This first leg of my mission to bust all my scraps came from some leftover fabric from a Nintendo bag I made for my boyfriend ^-^ I thought I might keep it simple with this first project and do a remake of one of the favorite bags that I own. It’s a simple tote bag, really, with a plain pocket on the front. However, it’s perfect for going to the gym, library, or picking up a few things from the store.
This remake has frayed edges for a worn-in look and a little trick I did for some faux piping along the pocket sides. The result is a really comfy bag that has an old jeans feel to it, like you’ve had it forever. And the lining adds a light and colorful feminine touch. Keep reading to find out how to make it! Or just download the .pdf here!