Shopping for accessories is an interesting way to spend time. Hopping from shop to shop, searching for the pattern, colour, fabric you have in mind… But it is still true that it sometimes takes a long time to find the right product.
It seems to be easier to rely on my own hands and restless mind to create what I like. Once I find a fabric to my liking, it is interesting to transform it to the accessory I have in mind. In addition, DIY fabric projects also have the advantage of recycling used fabrics.
Here are a few of my craft experiments…
This is a simple one… A cell phone pouch made from the pallu portion of a recycled cotton saree, with a flap for closing the pouch 🙂
During my granny’s childhood days, ladies used pouches instead of handbags. Drawing inspiration from days of yore, I made this pouch as a gift for my aunt. It is made from silk, with cotton lining inside. Pattern on it is applique work using cotton fabric. Instead of buttons / zipper, I did a traditional string choker for closing and opening the pouch.
It is easy to use pouches. They can accomodate anything from currency, cosmetics and even a camera. Of late I have realized that pouches are environment friendly, can be made from recycled fabrics and washable too. Do try them once 🙂
Light curtain for a narrow window. I made this one from my dupatta and painted it in bright colours with flower patterns.
Handloom dresses are comfortable in warm weather and are made by local craftsmen, but are mostly plain with no designs on them. This is one such handloom dress. Since the original dress was too plain, I printed leaf patterns on it… done by engraved the leaf pattern on a potato and printing using fabric paints.
It is joyful to play around with a bunch of fabrics, threads, needles and paints. Whether the result resembles what I plan or not, it is thoroughly satisfying to enjoy using something I create by myself 🙂