Saturday, June 14, 2014

Have you heard of Kraft-tex?

Have you heard of Kraft-tex? No? Well, let me introduce you. You are going to I did. You know that little tag on the back of your favorite old pair of Levi's Jeans? You thought it was printed leather, didn't you? It used to be. But now manufacturers use products like Kraft-tex–a tough paper that performs like fabric. It is durable, flexible, washable, paint-able, dye-able, stamp-able, sew-able, emboss-able, fold-able…getting the idea? You can make almost anything with this stuff. And that’s what you get to see in kraft•tex Style–a new book I'm in by Roxane Cerda (coming out in September from Stash Books) which shows so many very cool Kraft-tex projects. 

My Indestructible Yoga Mat Sling in Krafttex Style by Roxane Cerda.
The great thing about Kraft-tex is that you can use the raw edge (without turning it under or hemming it) because it won't fray or rip. So I made my Indestructible Yoga Mat Sling in less than an hour using a simple rectangle of Kraft-tex and some webbing for handles. I added a pocket for a cell phone and a carabiner for keys. Let me say that I hated sending my yoga sling to the editor for this book because I didn't want to let it go. I used it once to test it out and I fell in love with it.  Most yoga mat bags are fussy and annoying. There is nothing worse than trying to cram your sweaty yoga mat and wet towel into a cotton yoga mat tube after class when you are all blissed-out. But with this sling... aaaahhhhh... the bliss continues as you roll up your mat, place it on the sling (no matter how sweaty or bulky with your towel) and hop on your bike and head home. Blissicus Non-interruptus. 

This book is filled with so many cool projects. You'll be so inspired to make, paint, sew and create with Kraft-tex. I am in love with Jen Carlton Bailey's Tech Stand below. You can buy Kraft-tex here. It is offered in white, black and natural. Order the book here.

 Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing product and then have fun.


Penny said...

That is new to me and looks very interesting! I didn't know that the tag on jeans was actually a form of paper.

einfach bunt said...

Thanks so much for that!!
We have Kraft-tex in our shop but I did not dare to use it so far...
(except stamp on it ;-) and setting it aside again)

Katie said...

Wow! I've never heard of it, but it looks so fun. I'll have to give it a try someday.