"I have been creating art for years by utilizing textiles, vintage jewels, yarns, and repurposed wallpapers. However, using a sewing machine was not on my list of new things to learn in 2016."
Once I met Martha Jackson of the Restored by Design Foundation, I knew I wanted to be a part of her mission to help underprivileged women heal through art. So, I decided to take the beginner sewing class taught by the Foundation to learn how to create a bucket bag. The bags are sold at the Restored by Design Foundation’s retail boutique located on the East Side of Providence; all the proceeds support the foundation. I was determined to learn this new skill, and in return I was helping the community and providing a brighter future for them.
The class was very informative, easy, simple and fun! Yes, I said fun! I learned how to cut patterns, sew a pocket on, add straps, and work with a sewing machine. I created something I knew I could customize by choosing the pattern and the fabric and embellishing it in my own special way.
1. I found some new and used items I thought would work well with the color scheme I had chosen to create the bag.
2. I created a handmade flower out of recycled fabric, manipulating and twisting scraps of textiles.
3. I added shells and buttons to give it a natural feel.
4. Eyelash yarn and crochet trim reminded me of feathers, so I added those into the design for an old world look.
5. Lastly I added a feather I had dyed and a medal to add an inspirational saying, “You Are My Sunshine!”
You too can support this foundation while achieving something you’ve always wanted to do or add a skill
to your personal decor. I’m happy I did!
By Milissa DeFusco
Whimsical Wishes & Delightful Dreams