I normally hang out on the knitting boards here, but I'm making a felted purse as part of a Christmas swap. Since it's for someone else, I'd like it to look really finished and professional, so I thought I'd ask the advice of some more experienced, uh, bagsters. To wit:
--how do I attach purse feet? Do I put them in before the lining? Do I need to make the hole beforehand?
--how can I source or make some nice buckled leather straps? I want them to be more or less like these: http://www.tallpoppycraft.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=136
. How do I sew them in? Should they be inserted between the lining and the felt?
--I think I can muddle out making a lining, but does anyone have a good tutorial they can point me towards?
--what on earth is buckram? Where can I get it, or what can I sub for it?
Any help you can give is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance!!