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Guest Post: Stenciled Fabric Pouches with Giovanna

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Hi, I'm Giovanna Zara from Italy. It’s so exciting to be here on Julie’s blog. I hope you like my project with fabric. I found a way to upcycle the old whit-ish cotton sheet to a supersmooth, flexible fabric for stencilling and stamping on. I sewed a kindle holder and a box pouch with it.

Take your old piece of cotton fabric and cover it with super heavy gesso, thoroughly. Set aside to dry at least a couple of hours, you can use the heat gun to speed drying if you like.

Once dry, lay the stencils on the fabric and start to spray with your favourite mists: I created a sort of grid with repeating patterns. I used Cosmic Mister spray ink and Julie's TCW 6 x 6 Swirly Garden, Cursive Alphabet and Herringbone.

When happy with the background add more stenciled details using a little sponge through the stencil Henna Hands with Archival inks.

Add stamped images using the Archival Inks.

Cut the fabric to size.

Glue roughly a piece of batting.

Fold the fabric up to create a pocket to hold the Kindle.  Use a sewing machine to zigzag stitch the two edges shut (the gesso keeps the fabric from fraying).  

Hand sew a snap to the inside and a decorative button and metallic embellishment to the outside.

To make the box pouch I cut the fabric to 12x12” and followed this video tutorial from TheCraftyGemini:

Here are some photos of both pouches:


Please note: Some supplies listed above (like the batting, sewing machine, snaps, and scissors) are not the exact ones Giovanna used.  They're what I use.

Gio_zaraI’m a crafter and designer from Sardinia, Italy. I started as a scrapbooker 8 years ago, and then I fell in love with MixedMedia: painting, mixing colours, materials and styles. I love to make Altered Art, Stamping, Art Journaling and I like to use alternative/recycled materials in my projects. When I was given a sewing machine, fabric and sewing become a new world to discover.  

At the end of 2013 I took the plunge and quit my job as computer programmer to become a professional crafter. Last year I had the chance to design a line of stencils and rubber stamps for two English brands and teach some workshops in London. I just released my first online course about ArtJournaling in Italian, because there are few people in Italy that make craft and I would like they were thousands, so spread the Art-bug is my goal.