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« on: April 19, 2007 07:06:18 PM »

Here are a couple of purses that I made when I was in the process of re-learning how to crochet. Each one is essentially a rectangle (okay, maybe a little bit trapezoidal) that I folded in thirds and stitched together. For the first one, I made the strap out of a long chain. And, I had this very cute ladybug button that matched perfectly. The second one was made on a long flight from Boston to San Francisco. I wasnt in the mood to make a dishcloth (my mom made one and gave it to the flight attendant who gave us some good places to go in SF), so I made this up. The strap is short rows of double crochets. Im especially proud of my button for this. I didnt happen to bring a button along, and at cruising altitude, a craft store just wasnt handy. So, I crocheted around the tab from my complimentary beverage Wink




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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007 09:01:07 PM »

those are very cute! i really like that you didn't let limited crochet ability restrict you to scarves!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 09:39:41 PM »

Very cute.  And great ingenuity with the crocheted button!  It's really great that you were thinking outside the box with (re)beginner projects--I definitely didn't think to make a purse when I was learning.

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2007 10:43:16 PM »

Aww what a cute button.  I really like the first purse
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2007 11:03:47 PM »

I love the little ladybird button very cute! I love the little bags themselves too  Smiley

I've JUST finished a like those  Smiley My 3rd crochet project. 1st a wrist cuff, then a headband now a matching mini bag  Grin So far I can only do 1 stitch, double crochet to me, single to those of you across the Pond
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2007 05:50:22 AM »

Thanks, guys! I wanted to make something that I would actually use. I wasn't a huge scarf person at the time. I tried a hat first by making a longer rectangle, stitching it together on the short sides for the back seam and then closing up the top. It came out horrible! The trapezoid strikes again! I have since learned how to make turning chains and properly crochet at the end of a row Wink But, that hat isn't a total loss, my mom said it would make a great holder for plant pots!

I learned my lesson to start learning something new with something a little simpler- I tried to learn to knit, but didn't want a scarf so I started with socks (against the instructors advice!). I've since given the sock stuff away and I attempted a simple baby blanket...horrible. ..

I'm sticking with crochet!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2007 09:41:28 AM »

I really like the 2nd bag. Very cute! I could picture this same bag done in plastic bag yarn. You could basically do the same stitch but Hdc works better for plastic bag yarn projects in my opinion. Here is a free pattern http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/03/29/crochet-a-recycled-plastic-shoulder-bag/ link that is very similiar to your purses.

Good luck!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2007 09:49:46 AM »

Hey RecycleCindy!

Thanks for the pattern link! I have tons of bags piled up, so I do want to try a recycled bag- but the thought of cutting and connecting all of those bags makes me keep moving it to the bottom of my list. My friends and I have a "craft weekend" in the fall and this is a project that I'll put on my list. I'm going to start separating my craft store bags from everything else- I certainly have enough of them!

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2007 11:37:03 AM »

Hey RecycleCindy!

Thanks for the pattern link! I have tons of bags piled up, so I do want to try a recycled bag- but the thought of cutting and connecting all of those bags makes me keep moving it to the bottom of my list. My friends and I have a "craft weekend" in the fall and this is a project that I'll put on my list. I'm going to start separating my craft store bags from everything else- I certainly have enough of them!

Thanks again!


Here's a great tip for speeding up the yarn making process. Find a paper cutter and then you only have to fold the bags in half to cut them into strips on the paper cutter. My office at work has one and boy is it great to cut the bags up. Try it out and you won't be cutting them by hand again!!!   Grin


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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2007 12:52:34 AM »

I love the idea of recycling plastic bags into a sturdier grocery bag  Smiley That is deffo going on my "to do" list
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