Light Weight Brush Carrier

watercolor supplies for beginners

New brushes arrived for my trip. To my surprise, they were much smaller than I thought they would be. No time to exchange them, yet I couldn’t bring myself to put them in with the old dog eared brushes in my kit. 

A quick search of my supply cabinet yielded two brush cases, canvas with heavy protective zippered enclosure. Each weighed more than a pound! Forget this. 

Another search uncovered rolls of reed panel curtain remnants. Ummmm … I couldn’t throw these away last winter when I installed Ikea panel curtains in the kitchen. 

Soft enough to fold over one end, I measured the brushes to see how I might construct a simple carrier. The panel curtain is woven reeds which will allow the brushes to dry. Soft enough to roll easily, yet strong enough when rolled up to protect the delicate brush tips 

To stitch it together, I top stitched the ends first, then one center line. This kept the fabric from sliding while I sewed. I made some of the channels narrow, others wider for larger sized brushes. 

A rolled edge is top stitched to prevent it from raveling. A snip of purple satin ribbon is top stitched in place to tie it all together.

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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Experimenter, gardener, grandmother ... Dorothy Fagan plays with creativity, dreams, and paint every day.