Block Print Burlap Pencil Bag

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Boys can sometimes get short shrift when it comes to crafting. It’s just plain easier to sew, glue and stitch things with flowers and glitter and ruffles. But this is a totally boy centric project that any little man in your life will love.

Things you’ll need:
Burlap , 12×20 inch piece
10-inch zipper
2 Styrofoam trays
Scissors
Knitting needles
Block Printing ink
Brayer

Things to do:
1. Cut a rectangle out of the bottom of one tray about 4 inches high by 7 inches long. Using your knitting needles, draw a design in the surface of the foam. If you are lettering, remember to mirror your letters so that they come out right when you print. This is your block.
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2. Cut the burlap into two 12 x 10 inch rectangles.
3. Squirt about 1 tsp of ink onto the other tray and roll the brayer across until you have an even coat of ink on the roller.
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4. Roll across the block you created in step 1. Make sure the ink is coated evenly across the whole thing and not in the divots created by your knitting needles.
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5. Press the block onto the center of one of the pieces of burlap, smoothing all over the back to get even coverage. Re-ink and repeat with the other piece of burlap. Allow the ink to dry.
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6. Unzip the zipper and lay one side along the top edge of the burlap with the teeth facing in. Stitch along the edge of the zipper using a short straight stitch with a high tension. Repeat with the other side, zipping and unzipping as needed to keep the fabric of the zipper and the burlap flat together.
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7. With the right sides facing each other, sew the remaining three sides with first a straight stitch and then a zig zag closer to the edge of the burlap.
8. Trim and turn right side out, working the corners out with the end of a pencil.

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4 Comments

  1. My grandmother used to stockpile Styrofoam trays for random projects around the house. I have resisted the urge to save them unless I have a specific project in mind. And now this! I can not wait to print something! I really like working with unbleached muslin and have used fabric paint to finish a few items. I like the results, but its time-consuming. Now I can create a print block to use over and over. Thanks so much!

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