I like fabric. Always have. And unless something significant happens to change my "core self", I probably always will.
I love to surround myself with fabric designs that I dig. I find it difficult to keep the fabric stored away: if it makes me HAPPY, I wanna SEE it.
I'm beginning to see just how often I do this with flea market finds and the like -- to change out a fabric that's not "me", and personalize the item to make it just right for the SPACE or my TASTE. Whether it's a past project or one I've JUST MADE, I want to share these quick projects with you. Most (if not all!) will be no-sew, so no-worries!
Today I covered a couple of old and not-so-attractive mouse pads with some fabOO fabric from Cotton & Steel. I LOVE this company with its five brilliant designers who are powerhouse artists AND businesswomen.
Melody Miller, the founder of C&S, is the designer behind these two designs in particular, from her newest line called "Trinket".
The pen design will be my mouse pad, and the phone pad will serve as my phone's recharging dock. Cute, no?
I feel as though I'm teetering on the brink of sacrilege when I use good quilting fabric to do a GLUED project, but then I quickly get over that because I've turned something that was bleh and made it something that brings me joy to see.
Above: Previously these were mouse pads that "didn't owe anybody anything", and could easily have been thrown away save for the fact that they still had some good use left in them, so why not make them easier to look at with a Fabric Facelift? (Cuz let's face it: I could search forever for a brand new mouse pad that I like and never find one. And if I'm gonna search for something FOREVER, it AIN'T gonna be a mouse pad!)
Here's how I did the makeover:
I wiped off the surfaces of the old mouse pads, then added Tacky glue (used an old credit card to smear this around to get an even layer of glue).
Added a layer of cheap-o white "craft" felt (this is mostly to hide the old mouse pads' colors and designs so that they wouldn't show through).
I trimmed the felt, then added another layer of glue, smooshed it around, added the C&S fabric (ironed first!).
I let the glue dry, then trimmed that, leaving about 1/4" border around (to cover edges of old mouse pad, which were black.
I didn't want the black to show, nor did I want any fabric fraying to be seen, so I opted to do a glue-and-fold.
I did a makeover on a file folder several weeks ago. I'd been gifted a decorative file folder some time ago (a thank you from a teacher for speaking to her class about what it's like to be an illustrator). The style wasn't really "me", but I kept it to store stationery and cards, cuz: useful. I gave it a makeover by gluing craft felt as an under layer, then glued on this graphically-pleasing fabric "Letterpress" by Michael Miller Fabrics. I also gave it some new ribbons while I was at it. It's much cuter now, and I enjoy the fact that STATIONERY is stored in a file folder covered with LETTERS.
For those of you who might be interested, here's the file folder BEFORE:
I've been doing a themed "FABRIC FRIDAY" over on my professional Facebook page, "Megan Jeffery - MEG Illustrations", where fabric designers and the fabrics they design are spotlighted. I particularly enjoy being able to post about ILLUSTRATORS who also create surface designs. If you've found me through some other means, I'd love it if you'd come check out what I post about on Facebook. Yes, it's about my work, but I also post about what others are doing in the worlds of doodling, drawing, journaling, teaching in the arts, miniatures, comix, graphic novels, etc. If any of these topics are of interest to you, come take a look!
If you have any questions about the projects I showed today, please DON'T HESITATE to write them in the comments section below, and I will get back to you.
Thank you for stopping by!