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Sewing mail box for children with Mixed Media Fabric

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I prepare this tutorial for sewing mail box for playing. Sewing the round box with zipper is not a rocket science and everybody know how to do it.
For me it was more interesting how to make your very unique Mixed Media Fabric. OK, it is a little bit artish, but it is fun to do it, and most part of it you could do it together with your child.

The technic is useful for a lots of different art project, so maybe you will like it.
If somebody is interested, how I got this idea, you could read on my Bludor Magazine. All the coments are very welcome.

 
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Step 1: Ingredients for Mixed Media Fabric

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For this project you will need:
- PVA glue
- fabric; the base fabric, for soaking it in the PVA glue, lining fabric (my is black with dots), and texture scrap pieces
- paper, or other samples of texture, like onion bag
- sewing machine, iron, plate, scissors, bucket or similar
- one zipper
- Gesso Primer and Acrylic colors
- and your time

Step 2: Mixed PVA with water

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Mixed PVA glue together with a water. Pure the mixture in bigger container and put inside your basic fabric. Live it for a awhile that fabric could soak enough milky water.

Step 3: Overnight drying

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Hang the fabric out to dry overnight.

Step 4: Ironing

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Iron the fabric flat.

Step 5: Cut the fabric

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Cut the fabric to the size you need. I cut two round pieces and one long rectangle.

Step 6: Have fun.

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Prepare a thin solution of PVA glue and water. One tablespoon of PVA and half-a cup of water.
 

Now start having fun. Glue texture scrap pieces that you found in the house on to the fabric. Glue them in layers, and also use a paper.

Don't forget to protect your working surface with newspaper. Wait until everything is dry.

I just remember, this part is fun to do together with your kid, if he or she is more than 3 years old.

Step 7: Drying....

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After all the pieces are dry, you could start sewing the texture. Use a machine sewing and hand stitches are nice also.