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« on: March 02, 2008 07:12:05 PM »

My hometown is Santa Cruz, CA. 

It's know for many things (beautiful beaches, an eccentric downtown, and the UCSC Banana Slugs), but Santa Cruz is best known for our boardwalk and surfing. 

http://www.slugweb.com/slugweb/index.phtml?loc=AboutHistory.phtml
http://beachboardwalk.com/02_giant_dipper.html
http://www.santacruzsurfingmuseum.org/legends/index.html

The beauty of the ocean and the lines of the old wooden roller coaster inspired me to make a felt bag representing Santa Cruz. 





I started with a selection of felt, thread and two letter cut-outs (these Ds were only $1/each, purse handles can be so expensive!). 


Painting the Ds a lacquer-red took several coats.


I cut out the basic shape of the bag and started stitching and cutting the designs for the wave and roller coaster. 


After the felt pieces were assembled and the decorative stitching was finished, I added the rainbow lining (Santa Cruz's flag has a rainbow).


Finally, I stitched on the handles to finish off the purse.


Thanks for checking out my Surf City Purse!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008 07:17:24 PM »

This is awsome!
how inspired to use d's as handles?
the water is beautiful, love it
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2008 07:27:18 PM »

The wave is awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2008 08:10:59 PM »

yay someone else from santa cruz!

love the rollercoaster bag. so cute!
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2008 08:16:58 PM »

That is beautiful. I love the waves!
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2008 10:38:04 PM »

adorable and subtle, wonderful job
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2008 10:57:19 PM »

That bag is Delightful.

Groan ... sorry, please don't throw frruit at me, rotten or otherwise.

Seriously I LOVE that you used something very unexpcted for the handles... bet it will hard to find D's now in the craft stores. I love the wave on the bag too.

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2008 05:22:27 AM »

Tremendous bag.

I love the wave side!  Great Craftsmanship.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2008 08:52:19 AM »

I'm so glad you all like it.  The decorative stitching on the wave was the most fun, so I was happy it turned out. 

Yay to you too, JaneSays13!
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2008 08:54:43 AM »

Such a great idea for handles! Now I can get some that don't cost a fortune! Great project!
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