Another innertube purse creation. My dad had an innertube from a four wheeler just laying around his garage that he gave to me. I originally set out to make a much larger purse because I love big purses but with the hardware on the shoulder strap it wouldn't stay upright and hold its shape. I redid the entire purse and let the innertube tell me how it wanted to be sewn into a purse (so weird letting a material speak to me for crafting, I know, but, hey, it works).
I had to handsew the seams again because the innertube is too thick to machine sew. This time, however, I had a secret weapon. I bought a Speedy Stitch sewing awl. Amazing tool! It makes a lock stitch just like a sewing machine but it is done by hand. I sewed the seams in less than half the time it would have taken to do by hand.
So as I am sewing the seams my dad comes back in the house after having been in the garage and has a bunch of mechanic stuff for me to use. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I used the silver thingys with the threaded nuts and bolts (I don't know what they are actually called) to loop an electric blue tie down strap through and make the shoulder strap. I am going to redo the strap and make it longer so this will be a cross body purse.
I also used pyramid studs from a previous project to decorate the front of the purse. I still think it needs something more on the front for added visual interest. Any suggestions? I have an unopened pack of threaded spike studs that I was thinking of using. As usual, I forgot to attach a pocket before sewing so I added this pocket after the purse was done. I cut it off the back of a denim skirt; it has a button closure.