Monday, February 27, 2017

DIY: Create a Mandala Coloring Pouch in 3 steps (and get ready to relax)

If you like spending your weekends browsing Pinterest like me (and maybe pining projects that are kept in hidden boards for years) you probably noticed (or maybe even got infected with) the Mandala fever.

A "Mandala" is a geometric figure that represents the universe in Hindu & Buddhist symbolism and has been associated with healing and relaxing properties, these days is very common to find Mandala's everything: coloring books, wall art,  mobile apps, etc.

In a related note, last year I finally visited Chichen Itzá along with other Mayan ruins and found a book with Mayan Mandalas that was simply too pretty and unique that I felt the urge to get it.

I love this book so much because it reminds me of that amazing trip, but also because is a mix of Mexican heritage and designs screaming for color but the moment I got it I felt the need to find a way to use it avoiding  the sensation that I was destroying something sacred. (I got issues, right?)

While I was thinking that I really wanted to use my book I was listening to a friend telling me she needed a new pouch and it just hit me, I'd make her a pretty pouch with a Mayan Mandala print, in that way this could be a useful object (which is always a must in my DIY projects) that would also serve as a Coloring "book" that would proudly represent the Mayan art (Win-win-win)

DIY: Mandala Coloring Pouch 

Difficulty: Medium  
Time required: 60 minutes
Supplies needed:

  1. Fabric (I used cotton)
  2. A4 paper
  3. Spray Adhesive
  4. Mandala Design (I scanned mine from my book but you can find a lot of free designs in the web)
  5. Computer/Printer (not pictured)
  6. Sewing Machine (not pictured)
  7. Zipper
  8. Matching thread
  9. Scissors 

Let's do this:

Step # 1: Let's prepare our canvas

Start by cutting your fabric, placing the A4 paper above then cut around it, this doesn't have to be perfect, just make sure that the fabric has a similar size.

Once cut, paste the fabric over the same A4 paper using the spray glue, let it dry for some minutes and once dry  cut the exceeding fabric.

Your canvas is ready.

Step # 2: Let's print our design

Once you've selected your design, adjust it to the A4 size using Paint or any design program you have, make sure to center your design both horizontally and vertically.

Once ready print your design on your canvas and let it dry.

Step # 3: Let's sew this pouch

Start by sewing/gluing the zipper to one of the edges.

Now sew/glue a 1/2" seam in both edges of your pouch by folding your fabric in two keeping the printed area inside.

I initially though in removing the paper we glued but now I think that keeping it there will avoid coloring "leaks" trespassing to the other side of the fabric.

Turn it around and sew/glue the other side of the zipper, If yours gets as wrinkly as mine just press a warm iron on it and it'll be perfect!

Now it's only matter of grabbing some colors, playing some music to enjoy the calm of your afternoon/night after a crazy day at the office.

If you are not really into sewing you can simply print your design, color it and put it in a picture frame to be used as wall art ;)

Hope you liked today's project, I'll probably make one for me as well and will think on other options to use these beautiful designs.

Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a very productive and relaxed week!



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