Hey! I'm so glad everyone likes the purses! As for sewing with vinyl, using a leather / denim needle works best, I think, depending on how thick/tough of vinyl you bought. However, I've found that a regular 11(?) needle works just swell. There are a variety of threads, but I always find the Coats & Clarks to be my favorite. Patience works best because the holes made in vinyl are a little more distinct and so it shows when you change stitch lengths or don't sew as carefully as you should. I'd practice on a few scrap pieces to see how your vinyl takes to the holes and thread, as well as how tough it will be to handle. Good luck on your project!
Fusible interfacing is basically interfacing that you iron on. I use it because it's easier to hold in place, and it's pretty durable. It makes the fabric stiffer. I used a black "matte" fabric paint (nothing dimensional). It wasn't the best brand of paint, as it feels a bit scratchy, but it worked well enough..
Redkatt - great suggestion - I just might make those items;) I love the 40's/50's pinup look!
I painted an old pair of them leopard print (which worked surprisingly well), following similar steps. In case anyone has a different color strap than they'd prefer (mine were a gift - in red), painting the straps works alright as well.. I painted mine black, and the color has held up for over a year now.
Thanks! The fabrics I used were both 100% cotton I am pretty sure, the tough canvas like kind. You could probably use webbing for the straps, but depending on how thick, it might be hard to sew - though that's the only probably I can really imagine you running into. I don't know what you mean by plastic canvas, I just used a stiff interfacing on both the outside and lining of the purse, so it's pretty sturdy..
I knew this was the right place to ask for suggestions! Crafters are the best. I love all of those ideas - and you guys have got me so excited! Another question - is there a specific place it is customary to hold them? A house? A restaruant? A hotel? Tea room?
I've recently taken on the task of throwing a bridal shower... I have never actually been to a shower, though, and have little experience in regards to weddings. Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone has been to one, has any ideas and/or advice to offer for the hostess, and of course - crafty ideas to make it absolutely wonderful. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!