Happy Easter! If we were back home in Florida, we would've likely celebrated by going to church and brunch with Rob's parents. And we don't have kids, or else we would've probably dyed eggs and planned an Easter Egg hunt. So instead we celebrated this weekend with a surprise night out at Comedy Works in Denver to see Leslie Jones (it WAS life-changing, thank you for asking) and a Sunday morning of crafting and Ghostbusters (#thelife).
So that being said, I have the most perfect Spring time/Easter DIY to share! A super versatile canvas zipper pouch with no sewing involved (yaaaasssss), and a bonus DIY leather tassel (because even after this project, I know you're still craving more tassels). Try to contain your excitement.
-Canvas (I used a 14" x 25" piece)
-Fabric Pens (I spent the extra on the opaque ones that will work on light AND dark fabric so I can use them in the future)
-14" Zipper (The one shown in the supplies pic below is only 7", I ended using the larger 14" instead)
-Small jump rings (at least one)
-Leather Strip (this 3 1/2" x 9" piece makes 2 tassels)
-Cardboard or paper grocery bag *not shown
First, we'll make the tassel, starting by cutting a thin strip (1/2 inch-ish) off of the long side.
Lay your strip on top of the remaining leather, lining it up against the long edge. Then cut a slit into the leather, parallel with the bottom edge. Don't cut all the way in - use your first skinny strip of leather as a guideline for how far in you should cut your slits.
Continue cutting the slits (of even widths) all the way up, to create fringe. Set your long, thin strip (the very first piece you cut and used as a guideline for how far in to cut your fringe) aside.
Cut your fringed piece of leather in half. These two separate fringe pieces will be two separate tassels.
Grab your long, thin, strip again and cut into 4 sections: 2 small pieces that will each fit as a loop through your jump rings (see below), and 2 additional strips from the remainder. The 2 additional strips will be longer than the first two, and will be used later to wrap around your finished tassels to complete the look.
Take your small strips, and loop them around your jump rings - securing the ends together with E6000. Let dry for 5 minutes or so before handling further.
Flipping your fringed piece over (so that the soft, fuzzy side is facing up), apply a dab of E6000 at the top left hand corner, and affix your looped jump ring.
Start to roll your fringe with attached looped ring inward, applying a dab of E6000 every so often to the soft, fuzzy, side to secure it as you roll.
You can leave the tassel like that, or you can take one of the longer strips of leather from earlier, and wrap it around the tassel, just above where the fringe begins, and attach with E6000. I didn't grab a picture of this, but you can see my finished tassel below where I added this step.
Let your tassel dry completely while you start your canvas zipper pouch.
First, on either end of the 25 inch length side of canvas, fold over approximately 1/2 inch of your canvas. Press down and run your fingers along the length to ensure that the folds stay put (you can use a dry iron over the folds if you want extra security). With these sections folded over, your canvas will now measure approximately 14" across by 24" long.
Now, flip your canvas over so that the folds are tucked under. The side that is now face-up will be the outside of your bag - the side you'll want to decorate.
Place your cardboard or paper grocery bags under your canvas, and design your bag with your fabric paint pens! The folds you made (that are now tucked under) will eventually be where you attach the zipper to, on either side. This gives you an idea of approximately where the front and back of your bag will be, once the canvas is folded in half and attached to the zipper at each fold.
Once your fabric paint dries, flip your canvas back over to the blank side. Place your zipper in the approximate middle of your canvas and line each side of the zipper with Liquid Stitch.
Fold in your canvas sides towards the center, and attach the original small folds to the Liquid Stitch on the sides of the zipper. Press down - you almost want to be able to feel the Liquid Stitch seeping through the canvas (I know it's messy and will get all over your fingers, but it will fasten the canvas to the zipper more securely). This will create the look of a smooth seam against your zipper. Let Dry for at least 30 minutes before continuing.
Once the canvas is secured to the zipper and the Liquid Stitch has completely dried, flip your bag (which is really more a canvas tube right now) inside out.
You'll then use Liquid Stitch to close up the sides of your bag. I would recommend securing at least 1/2 inch width of canvas up each side -- this will ensure that you have enough Liquid Stitch to secure the bag. Any thinner, and you'll likely risk the sides of the bag coming apart.
I used a candle to put weight on the top two corners (where the sides of the bag meet the zipper at the top). Let dry for at least 30 minutes. I know - again?! But don't act like you don't have dishes to do or laundry to toss in the dryer. Get to it girl - you'll thank me later.
Once everything is completely dry, flip your bag right side out (unzipping first will help), attach your tassel with an additional jump ring (or a couple!), and you're done!
Admire your personalized, hand-made, no-sew canvas pouch! This size is nice and large so you can use it for makeup, craft supplies, etc., but feel free to adjust the length of your canvas and zipper to accommodate whatever size you need. We leave for Florida next week, so this big pouch will be perfect for non-liquid toiletries.