Provided by Brother International Corporation
Anthony says: "If you’re crazy about bags, then boy do I have the perfect project for you; my inkblot tote! The concept is from the Rorschach inkblot test, which was designed to test one’s psychological state. The finished product will give the graphic and creative quality of the Rorschach inkblot test in a personalized bag for you or as a gift for someone else!"
- Sewing machine (Anthony used the Brother™ Project Runway™ Limited Edition CE8080PRW Sewing Machine)
- 3/8 yard fabric A (bag body)
- 3/8 yard fabric B (bag lining)
- Pattern pattern
- Fabric paint
- Paint brush
- Fusible interfacing
- 2-3"-wide strap trim
- Fabric chalk (or other washable marking tool)
Finished bag: 12x15"
1. On pattern paper, draw a 13x16" rectangle. Draw a line 1" from the top of the rectangle. Add 1⁄2" seam allowance lines on the three remaining sides. You can choose to make a smaller or larger size to customize your own take on the project.
2. Cut pattern from paper.
3. Place pattern on fabric A. Pin in place and cut from fabric. Repeat for another pattern shape. These two pieces will serve as the front and back of your bag.
4. Using fabric chalk or other marking tool, mark a line down the center of one 13x16" rectangle.
5. Place a piece of white butcher or pattern paper underneath the marked 13x16" rectangle. Using a fabric paint and brush, place thick, spots of paint to one side of the chalk line. Make sure you are placing the paint on thick in order to allow for the paint to bleed as it is pressed.
Tip: Keep in mind the design you are preparing. The end result will be a mirrored print.
6. After you have placed your paint in the desired areas, fold the unpainted side of the fabric on the chalk line onto the fabric-painted side. Using a piece of scrap paper, push the two sides of the fabrics together, making sure to smooth the fabric down from top to bottom and then side to side. This will remove all remaining globs of paint left and allow for maximum bleeding of the paint. Allow the fabric to dry for at least 24 hours.
7. Take your pattern and mark a line 1⁄2" down from the top of the rectangle. Cut away from pattern and discard.
8. Place the new pattern on fabric B. Pin in place and cut from fabric. Repeat for another pattern shape. These two pieces will serve as the inside lining of the bag.
9. Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing, 2x13". Place on the wrong sides of your fashion fabric, 1⁄2" from the top of the bag. Using a hot iron, press until interfacing is securely fastened to the fashion fabric.
10. Pin the bag front and back together with right sides together. Stitch the front and back of your bag together on three sides using a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave one short side (the top of the bag) open. Pivot at the corners, creating two 90 degree angles at the bottom of the bag.
11. Press seams open and cut away half of the seam allowance. At the corners of the bag where the 90 degree angles were created, cut away at an angle. This will allow for a sharper point when the bag is turned inside out.
12. Turn bag right side out. Press out the corners of the bag.
13. Pin the bag lining pieces together with right sides together. Stitch the front and back of your bag together on three sides using a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave one short side (the top of the bag) open. Pivot at the corners, creating two 90 degree angles at the bottom of the bag.
14. Press seams open and cut away half of the seam allowance. At the corners of the lining where the 90 degree angles were created, cut away at an angle. This will allow for a sharper point when the lining is turned inside out.
15. With your lining turned inside out, place your bag body into your lining fabric. The right sides of both fabrics should be touching. Pin together at the top of the bag. Sew the top of these lining and bag body together, leaving a 2" opening.
16. Turn the bag right side out through the 2" opening. Top stitch around the top of the bag 5/8" from the top (make sure you aren't sewing the bag closed).
17. The top of the bag should look like this.
18. Using a tape measure, determine how long you would like your strap to be. This bag is used as a cross-body bag and has a strap length of 55". This will vary, depending on your height and where you would like the bag to hit on the body. You can also do a two-strap bag, in which case you would measure over the shoulder and determine where you would like the bag to hit under your arm. After you have decided what strap option you would like, cut the length from the strap trim.
Place one end of the strap 3/4" inside the top right side of the bag; pin in place. Using the reinforcing stitch setting on your machine, stitch two stitch lines between the top of the bag and the top stitch that was created in Step 16.
Turn the bag around to the back and place the strap 3⁄4" inside the top right side of the bag; pin in place. Using the reinforcing stitch setting on your machine, stitch two stitch lines between the top of the bag and the top stitch that was created in Step 16. Press the entire bag firmly with a hot iron.
About the designer:
Anthony Ryan Auld works closely with Brother International Corporation, making easy-to-follow projects for their legions of sewing and embroidery enthusiasts. Brother™ decided to partner with Anthony Ryan after seeing how he was able to truly take his creativity to the next level by utilizing the advanced technology that is built into Brother™ machines. The company was proud to present Anthony Ryan with a $150,000 check and an outfitted Brother™ sewing and embroidery studio, where he can work on designing his new collections. “Brother has been wonderful to work with,” Anthony Ryan said. “It’s such a great feeling to work with a company who shares the same passion and joys of fashion.”
Anthony Ryan Auld has always been an art buff and loved to paint and draw and even finish furniture. He credits his grandmother for his passion for sewing. “One summer afternoon my grandmother asked me to help her sew a quilt…and I guess the rest is history.” He enrolled at Louisiana State University to pursue a career in fashion design. Tragically, in 2008, Anthony Ryan was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to attend classes as he went through. “Sewing gave me an outlet to stay focused,” he said. In 2010, he graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and continued designing and perfecting his designs. He says over the years he became a huge fan of Project Runway. “I was so impressed with the Brother sewing machines the contestants used on the show that I decided to visit the local Brother dealer in town to learn more about them.” Anthony Ryan set his sights on being a contestant on Season 9 of Project Runway. He made the cut, but was later voted off. Anthony Ryan jumped back in to the competition in Season 2 of Project Runway All Stars and was named the winner.
About Brother International Corporation:
Brother International Corporation has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of innovative products for the home sewing enthusiast. Through a growing network of sewing machine dealers and retail outlets nationwide, Brother offers a full line of home sewing machines, from basic to top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery machines. The company is recognized for its high-quality, state-of-the-art machines and accessories, offering ease of use and flexibility at affordable prices. Brother is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries Ltd. With worldwide sales approaching $5 billion, this global manufacturer was started almost 100 years ago by sewing fanatics. Brother offers a diversified product line that includes fax machines, Multi-Function Center® machines, P-touch® Labeling Systems and both color and mono laser printers for home, office and industry. Bridgewater, New Jersey is the corporate headquarters for Brother in the Americas, from Canada to South America. It has fully integrated sales, marketing services, manufacturing, research and development capabilities located in the U.S. In addition to its headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Brother has facilities in California, Illinois, and Tennessee, as well as subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Argentina Peru and Mexico.
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