Today I made my first hand printed tote bag. I ordered some black webbing as handles and stitched the whole thing in about one hour. I can’t believe it’s taken so long to happen. I’m very excited with the results. All I need to do now is make another 50 and start selling them.
Here are the results of the third printing session. This time lots of things went wrong. I’m finding it impossible to line up my prints accurately and am still having issues with getting a clean image.
I attempted to print white onto some lovely Japanese cotton bought on Ebay but I don’t think I put enough white ink in the base. The only successful piece was the blue twig design which worked really well. Before I print again I’m going to have to do a bit of research on textile techniques. So far Squeegee and Ink have been really helpful and have been sending me some YouTube videos. If anyone has tips or advice for me it would be very much appreciated.
I am getting closer to making tote bags. Here is a mock up made with some black webbing. I love this look and just need find somewhere that does large amounts of the stuff.
Last September I discovered a website called Spoonflower that lets you upload your own textile patterns and print them onto fabric. The website is full of hints and tips on getting the best patterns and is perfect for any beginner who wants to teach themselves. The only downside is that it’s based in the U.S.A and I live in the UK. I would have to wait a month for my fabrics to arrive and then pay a hefty charge at the post office. I decided to look around at alternative digital printing companies based in the UK and came across BeFabBeCreative, who are based in Edinburgh. I ordered their fabric sample, uploaded my designs and chose to have it printed 100 x 140cm on plain cotton.
It took about a week to arrive and now I’m super excited to get started on some sewing. I’m planning on making three tote bags out of the first run but my mind is already thinking about the next design to send them and all the other possibilities such as cushions, scarves (yes they do a nice silk and satin options too), purses, rucksacks, umbrellas, the list is endless.
I’ll let you know as soon as they’re made and photographed all beautifully. Thank you BeFabBeCreative, expect some more designs soon.