Sunday, 2 September 2012

Bathtime...Fabric as Paper.

Hi again :)

Even though I am not a seamstress, a quilter, a patchwork person or sewer of any shape or form (at this point in time - you never know), I love fabric. I love the patterns, the colours and the feel. I think it stems back to when I was a little girl and spent school holidays with my Nana. She was always sewing, knitting, spinning wool, cutting up a pattern, crocheting, quilting, bias binding this and darting that. You name it, she did it.

As her only granddaughter, she would "just rustle up" a skirt, a dress (sometimes made by cutting up another dress), a basket of scrunchies or a cute top. It was her thing. It was what she was known for her whole life and she was amazing at it. When she passed away, I was lucky enough to keep her sewing machine......yeah, I know....what am I going to do with it? Well, at the moment, it's in storage but if in the future I don't learn to sew, I'll display it. She used a beautiful black Singer 201K and it's just too lovely an antique to be kept tucked away. They are renowned for being among the best sewing machines ever made and were quite expensive. If you'd like to read more about them (I did and was quite surprised), you can do so here .

A couple of times in the past, I have bought quilting fabric just because I liked it. I liked the way quite different patterns could somehow be combined through colour. I knew I probably wouldn't use it, or if I did, it wouldn't be for a long time. But recently I thought, how can I incorporate fabric into paper craft? If I treat the fabric like paper, how hard could it be?

I came across some cute rubber duckie quilting material and thought that maybe I could use it in my friend's baby album....a bath theme...something like that...

Here's what I started with...

and after adding water and bubbles...

Paper by Sugar & Spice Studio
Card stock (rain) and foam lettering (subway, powder) by American Crafts
Material by Fat Flats (Ducky Bath Yellow)
Buttons by Basic Grey
Ink by Versa Color (Baby Blue)

I bought myself a fabric roller cutter. Those things are great! I left the little loose threads as they reminded me of a fluffy towel or bathmat.

Instead of using paper as a mounting platform, I just used the material instead.
The little duckie on the fabric matched the little duckie on my paper quite nicely :) Quack!
If you would like to see another example of fabric incorporated in paper craft, visit Deb's Craft Shed here Deb has made some gorgeous silk flowers for her latest card. Her cards are just lovely :)
Only two more pages to go in my friend's album. I'm looking forward to giving it to her. It's been so much fun to make.
Thanks for stopping by :)


  1. Why does everything you do turn out so cute!!! I am seriously going to get you to my classroom to decorate, you could do wonders with a bulletin board! What glue did you use to get the fabric to stick to the paper? I have been using hot glue when I glue fabric to laminate but you always feel that hard bead of glue. I need something that dries quickly. Let me know it might be something I can use.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

    1. Thanks Tan. I try. Ooooo...a bulletin board. That would be fun. Instead of using a glue, I used double sided tape. You can get it at Spotlight in different widths. It's quite sticky. Would probably work quite well if you are laminating it afterwards.


  2. Hey Abs... that looks Amazing... it gives so much more texture & interest. I've been wanting to use some rustic fabrics & fibres for some 'man' cards... you have inspired me even more to do it! Great idea using the roller cutter!
    Your friend is going to LOVE it!!!!
    Deb x

    1. Hi Deb. Thank you :) It is a nice way to spruce things up a bit when I don't have the photos to work with. Oh I would love to see what you come up with in regards to "man" cards. Great idea. The roller cutter is FAB! I just got the cheaper one (about $6) to see how I went with it. Once you get the hang of it, it's great! Thanks for letting me link your blog.
      Abs x


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