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DIY Screen Printed Tote with Moss & Marsh

Welcome to Part 2 of our DIY Farmers’ Market Tote with Moss & Marsh! For Part 1 of this DIY, which includes instructions for sewing your own tote bag, click here.

Candace here again for part 2 of our DIY project! One of the things that has fueled the Moss & Marsh brand is screen printing. Designing repeat patterns is my favorite and having the ability to create completely original fabrics is so satisfying and something that sets our products apart. Today I’m thrilled to show you a simple way for you to do at-home screen-printing. All of the products below can be found at Michaels or your favorite craft store. To celebrate our newest print, Monstera, we’re giving you a free leaf pattern download to use for this project!

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DIY Screen Printed Tote

Tutorial by Candace Brodmann / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Special Appearance by the Brodmann Family Pup, Copper

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Materials

  • Tote bag (purchase or sew your own) or item to print on – sky’s the limit here!

  • Sheer fabric – must be a tight weave. Panty hose will work too!

  • Embroidery hoop – we’re using a 12”

  • Mod Podge

  • Screen printing ink

  • Small squeegee or silicone spatula

  • Paint brushes (tiny one and medium size)

  • Printed out or drawn design (download a monstera leaf template here!)

  • Sharpie

  • Hairdryer 

  • Iron

Instructions

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Step One

Stretch your fabric in the embroidery hoop. Make sure it is taut and not flexible inside the hoop – you want it to be like a drum top, but don’t bang on it ;)

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Step Two

Lay the hoop, fabric side down, over your selected motif. Make sure there is at least .5” margin from the hoop edge to your design. Trace the design on to the fabric with your sharpie.

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Step Three

Using a brush, block out the negative space with Mod Podge. Make sure to cover anywhere you do not want your ink to come through, like around the hoop edge. Flip the hoop over and wipe off any mod podge that has pooled on the back. Hold your hoop up to the light to check for any areas that still need blocking.

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Step Four

Grab your hand hairdryer and dry the glue. It dries fast!

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Step Five

The moment you’ve been waiting for…printing time! Lay your hoop, fabric side down, onto your tote bag. Scoop some ink (we mixed our own color) in a line along the edge of your design. Making sure to hold your hoop down so it doesn’t shift, take your squeegee (or spatula) and pull the ink across the design. Pull the ink back and forth about four times or until you have covered the area well.

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Step Six

Now, it’s time for my favorite part…the lift! Lift your hoop off slowly and look at your awesome work! Let dry or use hairdryer.

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Step Seven

You’re almost done! To ensure the ink doesn’t wash out you need to heat set it. Turn your iron to high heat (mine is on the linen/cotton setting), make sure the heat plate is clean, and that the steam is turned off. Slowly move the iron over your dried ink for about 1 minute.

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Step Eight

Go show off your awesome printing skills!

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DIY Farmers' Market Tote with Moss & Marsh

Today we’d like to welcome Candace Brodmann to the Paprika Southern blog! Candace is sharing a two-part Farmers’ Market Tote DIY. In this installment, she’s teaching you a simple technique for making your own tote bag. You can make your tote whatever size you wish. This part of the DIY does require the use of a sewing machine, but if that’s not your jam, no worries, part two of the DIY can be done with a store-bought tote bag (bonus, part two is also kid-friendly!)

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Hello lovelies! I’m Candace Brodmann, owner of Moss & Marsh. Part of the reason I started M&M is because I adore making functional things from scratch as well as crafting gifts for people. So, I was super excited when Paprika Southern and I started working on this fun DIY project for you all to enjoy…because who doesn’t love having the perfect bag to stroll through a farmer’s market on a sunny Saturday morning? I’ve always liked whipping up easy projects on the sewing machine and today I’m going to share a quick tote bag tutorial with you.

DIY Farmers’ Market Tote

Tutorial by Candace Brodmann / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

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Materials

  • ½ yard of canvas or heavyweight fabric

  • 2 yards webbing or twill (anything that will work as a strap)

  • thread

  • scissors

  • pins

  • iron

  • sewing machine

 

Step One

Decide how big you want your bag. You can measure an existing bag for reference. This bag will be 12”W x 13”L perfect for picking up a few things at the farmer’s market.

Step Two

Take your fabric and fold it in half – where the fold is on the short side. Measure 19” from fold and cut, then measure 13” from side to side and cut. If you’re making a different size bag, simply add 6” to the length for the hem & bottom gusset and 1” to the width for seam allowance.

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Step Three

Now, this is the trickiest part of the whole bag. Once you get through this you’re golden. Take the fold and push it inwards 2”. It should make a “W” from the side. Push it flat with your hand and carefully pin in place making sure the inward fold is even on each side. Pin all the way down both sides.

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Step Four

Sew it! Sew down each side of the bag making sure to back stitch/lock stich at the “W” end a few times to reinforce the stitch for durability the bottom of the bag.

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Step Five

Grab your iron, it’s time to create a folded hem. Take the opening of the bag and fold the edge down .5” and press – make sure you’re folding towards the side you just sewed. Repeat to create a double folded hem. Pin to hold in place and sew along folded edge. Flip right-side out.

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Step Six

Time for straps! I love buying pre-made straps to make life easier and sometimes you can find a cool decorative option. I’m using a nylon webbing for these straps, cut to 30” each. This is a little longer than the norm, but I like my straps longer so I can fit all the veggies and long baguettes easily under my arm. If you get nylon or polyester webbing, to prevent the ends from fraying you can melt the cut ends with a lighter. 

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Step Seven

Carefully sew a square at the strap end to secure it in place. Repeat four times. 

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Step Eight

Press any wrinkles out. You’re done! Time to go shopping

Click here for Part Two of the DIY, where Candace shares how to screen print a monstera leaf onto the bag using craft store materials. No screens or exposure units needed!

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Creative South: Moss & Marsh

This interview with Candace Brodmann of Moss & Marsh originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. Since the time of that interview, Candace has moved the Moss & Marsh headquarters to an expanded studio location where she now produces her screen prints in-house. She has added three new prints to her line, including the most recently launched early this year, her Monstera print, and she plans to release an Oysters print this spring. Additionally, there is a home collection in the works, set to to debut June 1. The Moss & Marsh product line is now carried by 24 retailers, spanning geography from Georgia to Alaska, and this summer Candace plans to showcase Moss & Marsh at Americas Mart in Atlanta for the first time. In addition to her own tireless work and dedication, Candace also cites the countless relationships she’s built with other makers and creatives in the community as a vital part of growing a handmade business. Moss & Marsh will celebrate its third anniversary this April.

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Moss & Marsh

Owner: Candace Brodmann, Savannah, GA

Written by Ageda Machuca / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

“It would be great if we had this.” A common phrase both Candace Brodmann and her husband would say often during their first year of parenthood. Like most first-time parents, parenthood brought on many new challenges and sometimes, Candace says, “you [just] figure things out.” 

That is exactly what Candace did. She would head to her sewing room and sew up essential must-have items that she found were necessary for any parent. Eventually this practice led to an assortment of eleven products that would begin her journey as a mom-preneur.

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Candace, Founder and Creative Director of Moss & Marsh, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in textiles, giving her the foundation that she needed to begin her multi-functional, baby product collection.

From sewing, designing, and printing each product on her own, this mom-preneur has kept the ball going and still manages to juggle all roles. This labor of love process is what gives Moss & Marsh the handmade quality appeal that her customers have come to appreciate with each item. She saw a niche in the community and began product testing at baby showers and with each piece of feedback she would refine her products.

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It’s no wonder that her passion and drive has led to the success of her business. She enjoys what she is doing and is excited to be able to share these functional products with other moms. Although her business just took off in April, website sales have more than doubled in the following months. She shares, “It's really cool how God isn't giving me too much. It's not growing outside my means and that's exciting and I can handle it.” 

Although life as a businesswoman has been filled with sacrifices and challenges, Candace gets excited with every order she receives and it means a lot to her to know that “someone [she doesn’t] know supports [her business].” As for what the future holds, she envisions herself in her own home studio that will employ other stay-at-home moms and possible room for a toddler and even a maternity line. In the end, her goal for Moss and Marsh is to be the go-to business for functional baby products that will make parenting life easier. 

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Paprika Southern is a quarterly publication dedicated to inspiring creativity and intention in everyday life. In our pages you will find lush visuals and thoughtful writing, as well as a commitment to inclusivity. We offer a curated view of the most innovative creatives, trends and art of the South, and we invite you to join our journey.

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Creative South: Daughter Handwovens

In each issue of Paprika Southern we feature three creatives living and working in the South in our Creative South section. This section is dedicated to highlighting both emerging and established makers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are doing innovative and exciting things in the South.

This article about the creator of Daughter Handwovens, Alexandra Forby, was originally published in the print edition of Paprika Southern Spring 2018. To see the article in print, along with an exploration of the photographic legacy of southern photographer Jack Leigh, our tips on how to begin a lifelong art collection, a spring brunch menu with recipes, and much more, order a back issue of the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern.

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Daughter Handwovens

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

In Alexandra Forby’s Savannah studio, strands of cotton and linen are woven together in intricate patterns to form throw pillows, tea towels, and other handwoven goods. The sound of the 36-inch, four-shaft loom that Alexandra operates resounds in organized cacophony and the process is surprisingly physical.

Weaving is an ancient art, and Alexandra, owner of Daughter Handwovens, loves the tradition it represents.

“So much of this is based in awesome references to weaving in the Bible,” she explains, “and women who work with their hands…Proverbs 31 is a woman who considers a field and buys it. She’s progressing her home. She’s making all of the things for her home.”

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Proverbs 31 also serves as the inspiration for the name of her business. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BFA in painting, Alexandra, who had always dabbled in fibers art, eventually found her way to weaving, starting Daughter Handwovens in 2016. Though the business is young her work has been well-received at craft fairs and on Etsy, and over the 2017 holiday season she sold every scarf she made.

The hand-weaving process requires patience. It takes two days to set up the loom for a project. Though she can do multiple pieces once the loom is set up, a scarf, for example, takes about four hours to weave.

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The ancient nature of weaving, as well as its tradition as a women’s craft, both appeal to Alexandra.

“I’ve always loved the idea of passing down useful things, like textiles, and how textiles really capture the feeling of the era.

Earthy, muted tones are a signature of Daughter Handwovens, and Alexandra positions her products as heirloom-quality goods. While the aesthetic of pieces reflects current trends, these handmade products are part of a long legacy. Alexandra relates a story of being asked by a Viking re-enactor to create authentic Viking belts. To fulfill the commission she researched patterns appropriate to the era and taught herself to weave using weaving cards, tools that would have been made of stone or wood in ancient times.

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The current popularity of the handmade marketplace has been a boon to Alexandra’s business, allowing her to price her work according to its value.

“The world today is more appreciative of handmade goods,” she says.

The potential for self-sufficiency of weaving is also important to Daughter Handwovens. Alexandra works primarily with cotton and linen, both plant-based fibers, which allows her work to be vegan-friendly and free of allergens. She is teaching herself to spin her own cotton, and eventually wants to dye the fibers herself, with the goal of taking cotton from the plant to the finished product, allowing them to be completely sustainable.

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