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« on: January 26, 2004 10:06:55 AM »

Hi Guys! A while back I posted a request for suggestions on how to turn calendar pages into a purse of some sort. Thought you might like to see what I came up with.



I freehanded a simple pattern for a totebag - a square of fabric big enough to accomodate the picture, add a stripe of contrasting fabric to the top and bottom, trim with ribbon - then I sealed the calendar pages between 2 pieces of clear vinyl and sewed on some ribbon trim. I stitched the pictures to the front and back of the bag leaving the top open to make a pocket. Then I measured the bag and made a lining out of plain muslin and stitched that to the inside inserting the ribbon handles as I went.

I made this for my sister to give her friend who is a Maxine freak - I hope she likes it!
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2004 10:27:14 AM »

that's way cool!
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2004 10:30:06 AM »

I love it!  Did you use iron-on vinyl?  Or regular stuff?
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2004 11:02:39 AM »

thanks! i used the regular stuff and stitched it together right thru the paper - but you could certainly use iron on. i have used it (the iron on) for similar stuff before but (as usual) was just using what i had handy. the other thing about the non iron on is i think it is a little heavier so it makes a (seemingly) sturdier pocket.

sorry for all the parantheticals - my brain isn't going in complete sentences today - lol
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2004 09:15:02 AM »

that is soooooo cute! i luv it!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2004 12:51:01 PM »

you're a purse making machine this week!  good stuff!

Have you seen the latest issue of Budget Living where they use funky purses to decorate a wall?!  
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sorry for all the parantheticals - my brain isn't going in complete sentences today - lol

LOL and yet you can come up with the word parentheticals! this post cracked me up Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2004 02:02:28 PM »

Have you seen the latest issue of Budget Living where they use funky purses to decorate a wall?!  
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i confess this is a new one on me - budget living? it sounds like something i must have! do they have an on line version?

i had an art show a few months ago featuring my album cover bags and one girl bought a bag to hang on her wall. i thought that was so cool (especially since even i admit the darn things aren't exactly practical - haha)
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2004 02:08:11 PM »

yes, quite a polysyllabic word for a brain-dead day!

Totes are great- may I ask- when you ribbon-lined the pocket- do you use bias tape or actually slinky ribbon? if ribbon, do you sew it in one long go or cut it into 4 pieces- if you catch my drift-

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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2004 05:11:55 PM »

i used slinky satin ribbon (which probably wasn't the easiest thing in the world but it was what i had on hand) and cut it in 4 pieces, tucking the ends under and stitching them down - then when i sewed the pocet onto the outside fabric i ran over the same lines so it wasn't too terribly sloppy - tho i confess had i used a slightly wider ribbon this would have been easier. i also used clear thread (it's my FAVorite) so the mistakes aren't as obvious.

btw - i'll grant you all my brain may have been more up to speed than i gave it credit for -  at least  enough to regurgitate a big word - but not enough to spell it right!  Grin
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