I’ve got a thing for typewriters. Growing up I had a blue, plastic typewriter. I used it to type letters to my family members, scripts for plays, menus, and all types of creative endeavors.

We are reading Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” so it would be really neat if we could see the Typewriter Exhibit at Northeastern which includes Bradbury’s typewriter.

I love the typewriter fabric that I used to make these coin purses.

And this fabric that Annie used to make me several bags.

So with all the typewriters around, I dug through my old portfolio to find the typewriter print I made on a linoleum block. This is “vintage” since I made it during my senior year of high school….a long time ago!

I was excited to try printing on fabric. I tried fabric paint and screen print ink, but neither of those worked. I finally ordered Speedball Fabric Block Printing Ink and it worked very well. I had hoped to create a tote bag for my book-loving daughter for her birthday, but searched everywhere for the ink locally and could not find it. I finally ordered online from misterart.com.

I printed on duck cloth. The ink cures by air drying for a week. Then I used my basic Reversible Tote Bag Tutorial to make the bag.
I thought my daughter might place her laptop in the bag, so I lined it with a prequilted fabric.

I really enjoyed using my vintage block to make this bag. I’m going to make one for myself and then may kick around some ideas for the shop. I’d like to make some tote bags and possible some padded reader cases. What do you think?