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Monday, 20 October 2014

Inspiration Journal - In Disguise - Project #3

Hello Everyone

Here I am back today with Project #3 for Inspiration Journal's 'In Disguise' Challenge which you can find HERE.  There is a fabulous $50 voucher for one lucky winner to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  I decided to keep away from Halloween for my third project and to make something practical.

I took a simple bamboo place mat, some beautiful Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric, some elastic, glue and seam binding or ribbon...


And created this:


And opened out it looks like this:


A paint brush holder!  This could easily be used for knitting needles, pens, scissors or anything else that might fit in the holders.  You simply make the holders any size you wish.

This is so simple to make, you just need glue.  I suppose you could sew it if you have a sewing machine that takes quite thick fabric (the bamboo makes it quite thick) but my little craft sewing machine would not take it, so if you do want to make one, test it out on your sewing machine first!

The first thing to do is to thread the elastic through the bamboo at regular intervals.  You can put something in to test how big the loop on the top side should be.  You just need to make sure you use the same slats top and bottom on the bamboo mat, as you can see in the photo below.


Once you have threaded the elastic, just secure them at each end with some hand stitching.  This will be covered up later.


I did not take a photo of the next step because I was 'in the zone' but all you need to do is lay the mat on top of your fabric and cut around the fabric leaving approx 1" - 1.1/2" border of fabric all round.

Turn the bamboo mat over and apply glue (I used Ranger Glue N Seal) to the whole of the wrong side of the mat.  Lay the fabric onto the glued mat (pattern side up) and press firmly all over and then set it aside to dry.  This is important!  I did not heed my own advice and have a few ripples in mine...


Once dry, turn over and then fold the edges over to the inside.  I did this by gluing the fabric again with Ranger Glue N Seal, folding it over half way to hide the raw edge, gluing again and then folding it over to the inside as you can see in the photo above.  This gives a lovely neat and tidy edge and gives strength to the piece.  Do this on all four sides, cutting some bulk from the corners if you wish.

To finish off I sewed a piece of ribbon (or you could use some seam binding folded over and machine stitched) to one end (as you can see in image 2 above) so that the the piece can be rolled up and tied closed.


To finish off, because the corners are quite thick and I did not want them to come apart, I added some of Tim's Idea-ology corners, they keep the corners nice and snug.

So there you have it, a bamboo place mat disguised as a brush holder.  Thanks for looking and I hope you feel inspired to join in the challenge at Inspiration Journal where one lucky winner will receive a $50 voucher to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  You have got to be in it to win it!

If you make a purchase from Inspiration Emporium, don't forget to use my code Redanne to receive a 10% discount off your whole order.  Postage and Packing is very reasonable - $5 in the USA and $10 to Europe.

Hugs, Anne xx

P.S.  I have typed up some very basic instructions, if anyone wants them, just email me (address on my sidebar) and I will send them to you....

Items Used from Inspiration Emporium

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements (Documentation)
Ranger Glue N Seal
Idea-ology Mini Corners

46 comments:

  1. Hello Miss Anne see you can not only build anything but create something special for an artist friend, it's fabulous, beautiful and practical, I love the no swing bit :) I do looooove that material, thanks so much for sharing hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))

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  2. What a cleaver creation. I always bypass the fabric since I don't sew. But a do glue. Fabulous creation.

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  3. Good Morning Anne. What a clever idea. It looks so perfectly finished and would certainly make them easier to find. Love it and Thank you for the superb tutorial as well. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. This is such a brilliant creation, Anne. Thank you so much for the great inspiration. :)

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  5. This is wonderful Annie. Such a clever design and I love the fabric you have used.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. Anne this is absolutely stunning! What amazing inspiration you are....this could be adapted to hold so many things, though I'd be using it the same as you :) fabulous! Thanks for your lovely comment on my Psycho house! Hugs Carole Z xx

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  7. another stunning "now why didn't I think of that" creation Anne...hugs kath xxx

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  8. This is sheer genius Anne ..... I love it!! xx

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  9. Anne this is such a fabulous make I love it! what a great idea for a Christmas gift for an arty/knitting friend, it would make a lovely holder for distress markers etc. There really are no limits to your creative talents. Mo x

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  10. Wow Anne, you are so so clever. This is a beautiful, practical and very unique idea. Love the fabric but drooling over those clear brushes, lol ;)
    Have a great week ahead ((hugs)) xox

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  11. What a great idea, never would have thought of that! Ruth x

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  12. Just when I think you cannot amaze me any more with a fabulous make of yours - you do it! Anne, this is fabulous and something we can all follow fairly simply now you have given us the tutorial. Thank you for being YOU!

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  13. Good grief, this is pure genius!! I can't believe how creative you are, this is such a fabulous project! I am so stealing, ahem, I mean borrowing this idea!! I just love it Anne, big hugs :)

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  14. This is so beautiful! Such a gorgeous way to use this fabric. I'm sure there are a lot of crafters looking at this and thinking "I want one!" - I know I definitely am!
    Rebecca.

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  15. So very clever - not only are you the Master of Boxes but Brush Rolls too. I haven't yet aquired any TH fabric but think I might need some. Another brilliant project Anne

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  16. That is SUCH a great idea Anne! I bet with the bamboo mat inside it will be incredibly hard wearing too. Love the very professional finish. You are such an imaginative lady! Jenny xxx

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  17. You are a true crafter Anne, your ideas never cease to amaze me. This is definitely a must try project ... love it!!!!!

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  18. Anne, that's totally fabulous. I went "Ooooh!" out loud when you started to open it! I wasn't expecting the paintbrushes! What a brilliant project. I love the metal corners to finish it off, too. Really superb.

    Shoshi

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  19. what a brilliant idea, looks fab and I never would have thought of using a sushi mat in that way!

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  20. Great idea to keep your paint brushes safe from harm. Unfortunately, I am allergic to sewing!
    Sandy xx

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  21. FAB-U-LOUS idea Anne and at always the utmost professional finish! Its totally gorgeous. I love your brainwaves!!! Nicola x

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  22. I think you are a genius! This is such a great idea, and I TOTALLY LOVE how it came out!!!

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  23. What a creative idea Anne! I love the material piece you chose - so colorful - and what a great way to finish and protect those corners! A lovely way to store so many different craft items!

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  24. You really come up with some fab ideas Anne this is great!! huggles Sue xx

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  25. Stunning Anne and a great gift idea. Thank you for sharing the how to as well

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

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  26. ooo Anne - I saw this on FB and it really is fabulous - you are so very clever - I wish I had your crafty brain Anne!!! Big Hugs to you! Rachel xx

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  27. What a fabulous idea !! Love those fabrics ... drooling !!

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  28. Oh, Anne, I love your fancy pouch! Brilliant! Hugs,
    Ingrid xx

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  29. Very clever Anne and very useful.
    Happy crafty week, Angela xx

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  30. I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I may just have to make one! I was just ogling one made for another person posted over the weekend and seriously wondered how I was going to make one! now I know! thank you!

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  31. Love your paint brush holder design Anne. What a great idea and so useful and totally versatile for other uses. Who wouldn't want to make something with that fab material, at least you will appreciate it every time you use it instead of peeking at it in the stash drawer lol. Hugs Lottie x

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  32. OMG, Anne!! You are sooo clever!! And what ripples?? I don't see any ripples :) OH and I've got that set of purple handled brushes, too!! :) They are my favorite paint brushes and mine aren't as clean as yours ;) LOL!! Fabulous project, Anne!! XOXO-Shari

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  33. Trust you not to have just an ordinary old paint holder. You've made something useful, decorative and clever with the TH motif all at the same time. You should be very proud of yourself for this nifty idea and follow through. It's delightful. And will look so great in your craft room, and when you go a-craftin'. TFS & Hugs

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  34. How clever Anne and to think I have thrown these mats away in the past! Great idea, thanks for the inspiration x

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  35. Brilliant Anne, wow such a clever idea!!! Great for craft retreats when you need to take brushes and things, genius!!!

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  36. This is so clever, Anne! As a previous decorative painter, this is a functional and gorgeous way to transport those paint brushes. Love this! Hugs!

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  37. Bloody hell... this is brilliant! :) So so clever, how do you come up with these things?? I absolutely love it, so stylish and fashionable for the crafty world xxx keep up your amazing work! xxx

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  38. Hi Anne, sorry I've not been around much recently. I've just been having a look through your latest projects, and I'm loving your Halloween makes.
    This is such a clever storage for your delicate brushes too, I have a couple of pencil rolls which are very handy and bought a similar one I bought for my brushes a while ago, but yours looks much more protective with the bamboo. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Alexandra x

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  39. What a super project Anne - love it.
    Toni xx

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  40. This is absolutely amazing! You are so clever. It would make a fabulous pressi too maybe with pretty fabric for makeup brushes etc. the possibilities are endless! I love yours, the fabric is fabulous xxx

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  41. I am sure I screamed at my laptop screen because this is sensational. Really Anne, I cannot begin to describe how taken I am with this. It is the most clever idea, to even think of using a bamboo mat in such a way, you are a genius! I definitely need to add this to my To Do list and tuck inside some lovely new brushes because all of mine have seen better days, they have been loved rather too much by me over the years!
    Anne, you are creating the most memorable to projects whether art storage solutions or Haunted Houses.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  42. Function meets fabulous! What a wonderful project, Anne, and so useful.

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  43. Another fun and fabulous project, Annie! Your step-by-step picture instructions are clear and concise; thank you for that! That fabric could not be more perfect for this!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  44. Wow! this is fantastic! I may just have to have a go at this! Chrisxx

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