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.
Step 1: Ingredients for Mixed Media Fabric
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
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
Hang the fabric out to dry overnight.
Step 4: Ironing
Iron the fabric flat.
Step 5: Cut the Fabric
Cut the fabric to the size you need. I cut two round pieces and one long rectangle.
Step 6: Have Fun.
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....
After all the pieces are dry, you could start sewing the texture. Use a machine sewing and hand stitches are nice also.
Step 8: On the Edge Sew It on the Lining Fabric
Cut nice round shape and on the edge sew it on the lining fabric. (my is black with dots). Also make a hole for the letters and sew the lining fabric here with a cik-cak stitch. At the end cut away all the black material. Prepare the same rectangle shape of “your lovely handmade fabric”.
Step 9: Sewing Mail Box Shape
NOTE: If you plan to do object like a book cover or similar, it is possible to put on your "handmade fabric" Gesso primer before you sewing everything together.
This was my first piece like that and I decided to sew the pieces before the Gesso primer.
Step 10: Detail
This is a detail of my front mail box after I put Gesso primer on it. When everything is dry you could start painting with acrylic colors.
Step 11: Side and Back View
Side and back view of open box prepared for coloring. I plan to put two eyelets on the back of the box, so I will hang it on to the wall. (don't have a picture of this, because I don't have a tool at home).
Step 12: Painting
Paint with Acrylic colors.