I used a pattern to get started on this felted purse, but I had to modify the original design quite a bit since I was using felt and wanted to do a couple of things differently. I used a thrifted abercrombie and fitch belt for the strap and added a flap for the clasp. The strap is adjustable so you can change the length. I used a thrifted sweater for the felt and the lining is a Japanese print on cotton. I stitched the lining in by hand using a reverse slip stitch. The rosette is made from a wool sweater that had some corduroy trim. I used some of the wool and the cord to give it an interesting texture. I covered a shank button with some of the lining material for the center of the rosette. The original design is called the 1-hour bag (http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html). Ahem...it took me 3 weeks working here and there, but I have been planning this bag for over a year. I love the juxtaposition of the sandals with the felted wool. It's like the little reminder of summer that we all need in the winter.
I bought 3 chests of drawers at the thriftstore for $10 a piece. I plan to use these for my crafting supplies. They are well built with six dovetail drawers (and heavy particle board carcasses), but have a plastic laminate surface with a dark woodgrain look. I would like to cover the drawers with wallpaper samples or do some decoupage. Can I do that on plastic laminate? Any suggestions, tips, or experiences would be appreciated!
Thanks for all the positive comments. The neatest thing about making this purse is that the materials just came together effortlessly. I had most of the stuff lying around in my craft area forever then they just managed to end up in the same pile which is how I design my purses. I originally thought this would make a great valentines day bag but I ended up giving it to a friend for their birthday.
This is the first purse that I have posted. This purse took a LONG time to make. I spent 6 hours just doing the needle felting! I also did a lot of handstitching. I attached the lining by hand using a fell stitch because I didn't want the felt all bunched up with a seam. I wasn't sure how the beaded necklace strap adornment would hold up, but I am hoping for the best because it looks really good with the rest of the purse. I ended up sewing it to the strap every 2 large beads or so. I think if I would have sewed between every bead it would have gotten crinkly looking if that makes sense. The sweater I used for the body was from the thriftstore as was the necklace. The lining was made from an upholstery sample and fabric scraps from my stash. I used a magnetic purse clasp.
I would love feedback! Especially your thoughts on how you think the strap will hold up.
What an incredible blessing! This will certainly be a special dress. Are you married? Maybe you will meet your future husband wearing this dress or something like that. Thanks for sharing such a great story.