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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black cat purse made from an old bra on: September 30, 2009 05:35:28 PM
I made this out of a thrift store bra.  It was a strapless bra so the top side was relatively straight across.  I used a seam ripper to separate the cups from the rest of the bra, and I took the underwire out of one side.  

I carefully matched the cups, then put a zipper on the upper edge.  I then sewed the two cups together with a straight stitch along the edge.  I then free-hand embroidered the cat face with fleece scraps and old buttons, then attached a rick-rack strap.  I made it up as I went along, so I wanted to sew first, but this is not very efficient - if you have a clear vision of what you want, embroider first.  

The picture makes the bra look a little glossy, but I took a poll among friends and no one could immediately identify it as a bra.  I am giving it to a little girl so I didn't want it to be too obvious!  

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