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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Free fabric!!! on: December 02, 2004 01:14:02 PM
I have a friend has been making killer purses out of leftover upholstry fabric from her brother's reupholstering store. I decided to see if a local store might be willing to give me their scrap but I'm kind of a weenie about sounding like a kook, so I decided to start with email. (Apparently I don't mind sounding like an email kook.) The first shop I emailed was totally cool & said that if I'd buy a plastic container to put in their cutting room they'd be happy to save the scrap for me. All I have to do is write my name & phone number on the box & when it's full, they'll call me & I can just show up with a trash bag & collect my loot. Back when I taught preschool I used to get free end rolls from publishing companies (BIG rolls of white butcher paper) & scrap boxes from printing companies with lots of smaller cuts of great paper. The moral of the story is that if you're willing to ask, there are a lot of businesses that will say yes!  Cheesy
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper or Plastic? With Tutorial on: November 01, 2004 08:14:47 AM
These are the first items I've posted on Craftster.

This is a purse/tote made from Ed Hopper art postcards:




Here's one from Starbucks brouchures:



& a couple of shots of an album purse I made:

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& a Route 66 Postcard Purse:



HERE'S MY TUTORIAL!!!

Ingredients:

posterboard
interfacing
spray adhesive
paper designs for the showy side of your purse
clear vinyl
clear contact paper
clear nylon thread
grommets & a grommet tool
rubber aquarium tubing

Process:

1. Take a peice of posterboard & iron heavy interfacing on to it--this will act as the base for your purse.

2. The purse is made of five sections: the front & back, the bottom & the two sides. Think of it as a box, the front and back have to be the same size, the sides will be the same height as the height of the front & back. The bottom will be the same width as the front & back and the same length as the two sides. Okay, for conversation's sake the front and back are 3  x 5, the sides are 3 x 2 and the bottom is 5 x 2. (Which is going to make you a teenie little purse.)

3. Take the paper sections and using spray adhesive, attach it to the interfacing side of the posterboard in a cross shape (the bottom is in the middle flanked by the two sides with the front above it and the back below). Cut away all of the excess posterboard so that you only have the cross part. (Note if your bag won't fit on the posterboard, put the front, back & bottom together & cut the two sides out separately. You can attach the sides with clear packing tape after you've cut it out.)

4. Lay the cross down on the clear vinyl, pretty side down so that you're looking at the posterboard side. Take clear contact paper and seal the posterboard part to the vinyl part with the sticky stuff on the contact paper (sticky back plastic for our Eurocraftsters).

5. Cut away the excess clear vinyl leaving a 1" border all the way around the edges of the cross.

6. Take your clear packing tape & fold the vinyl edge over what will be the four top edges of the purse & tape it to the posterboard side. (The posterboard side will be the inside of your purse.)

7. Take a hole punch or a grommet tool and punch four holes to run the handles through. Insert the grommets & hammer them flat.

8. Take your purse to the sewing machine and stitch the sides to the front & back. You now have a box! You will have to do a little origami to get the thing smushed down so it will go under the pressure foot. I use a big long plastic ski looking foot to work with vinyl. My best tips are to use clear nylon quilting thread & a new sharp needle. I use a pretty wide zig zag stitch & it holds very well. Cut off the excess plastic after you've stitched the sides together.

9. Take rubber aquarium tubing and cut it into two equal sized peices to use for handles. Thread the handles through the grommets & knot the ends. You can leave the knots on the outside of the bag or on the inside, it's a personal preference thing. You can also run thin ribbon, string or bead chain through the tubing before you knot it to add interest & color to your handles.

10. Carry your purse with pride  Grin  

I'm sorry I don't have pics posted but I have fits trying to get the picture situation to work.  Huh

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