Last month, a customer asked me to make her a cross body messenger bag and a matching Two Zip Wristlet. No problem. Then she asked me to make it from black and beige fabric. Just black and beige. She prefers paisley and polka dots. Yikes! I spend a fair amount of time looking for and at fabrics, and I wasn’t able to recall a vast selection of paisley and polka dots in black and beige.
Surely there had to be something available at my local quilt shop. But there wasn’t. I found black and beige polka dots, but how boring! I left the shop with two yards of the same black and white fabric that I had used to make my niece’s diaper bag. I reasoned with myself that the white wasn’t really all that white, and the print included paisley and dots. Three out of four isn’t so bad!
As I was driving home, an idea flashed in my mind. I’m sure the idea was from God. It was certainly the answer to my prayers for just the right fabric for these projects. The idea was this: tea dye. I just knew it would work!
Isn’t it pretty? I have to admit that I wasn’t all that enthused about black and beige since I love bright colors and cheery prints, but I really like this tea-dyed fabric! It has a classic look, and it’s perfect for the lady who ordered it. The tea dying was fairly simple, and it’s a process I wouldn’t hesitate to use again to achieve just the right color of fabric.
In addition to the wristlet, she wanted a cross body messenger bag. This particular messenger bag is made from a pattern that I designed myself for my friend Ann who described to me exactly what she wanted.
These bags are on their way to Florida, and I sure hope the recipient likes them as much as I do!
What do you think of this black and beige fabric?