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1  Shiny Green Knit Satin Purse in CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES by ludo on: August 21, 2005 01:25:27 PM
Well, I know that knitting with bias-cut fabric strips has been done by many a craftster, so this isn't the most original alternative material...but do I get extra consideration for the fact that the handles are made of "not approved for use in icemakers (ummm...okay?)" clear plastic tubing from Home Depot? Pretty please?

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The fabric is really cheap-looking polyester satin, but the color was soooo pretty that I had to buy it anyway. The bias strips were tied together end-to-end, and the fraying and irregularity seemed like they added to the fun texture. Cutting the strips on the bias cut down on the amount of crazy-long fraying threads, and made the fabric a little stretchy.

This was a very fast, fun knit. It was just a rectangle, then I used another fabric strip and a giant yarn needle to sew up the sides. Then, I realized that I didn't have any purse handles (or any patience), so I found the plastic tubing I had bought a while back with the intention of trying to make my own addi-turbo-style circular needles http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25372.120, and I used more fabric strips to gather the tops of the knitted rectangle around the tubing.

The two lengths of tubing were formed into circles with an overlap of about 4 inches, which I wrapped in (forgive me)...duct tape. To hide this ghastly makeshiftiness, I tightly wrapped more satin strips around the duct-tape covered areas of the handles and tied it in messy knots.

Of course, I realized that this purse would never hold anything, and that it would stretch out like crazy and quickly fall apart... so I used a rectangle of the satin to make a crude lining and stitched it to the handles and fabric wrapped around the handles.

It is actually very sturdy now, and fun to carry. It did grab a doorknob once, and nearly pulled me down onto the sidewalk, but the purse was fine!
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