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Topic: Seatbelt purse - copycat of the ORIGINAL HARVEY'S PURSE  (Read 17510 times)
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« on: March 04, 2008 10:09:58 AM »



A friend of mine has one of those $150 seatbelt purses from Harvey's. The last time I saw her, I took a good look at it and said to myself, "Humph, I can make one of these!" So I found some used seatbelt webbing on ebay for about $7. It's been sitting around for a few months waiting to be transformed...

My brother's birthday was last week and after I shipped out his birthday present, I suddenly realized my mom's birthday was only a week away. Don't know why it escaped my notice before, but I realized I only had a few days to think of and make a gift for her! It took me several days to hit on a good idea. She's not really a purse person. She just has this one denim messenger bag she uses for *everything*.  So I thought I'd make her another large bag that is a little dressier for when she wants to avoid the denim/casual look.

Using what I remember of my friend's genuine Harvey's seatbelt purse (and some refresher glances at online photos of Harvey's purses), I formed mine around a narrow cardboard box. It's about 12" high x 11" wide. I couldn't figure out how Harvey's attaches the straps, so I did it my own way.



My sewing machine didn't mind the webbing too much as far as getting the needle through, but I think there's something wrong with it because no matter what I did the bobbin thread was getting all tangled and knotted on the bottom.  In fact, if you look closely at the pictures, you can see that some of the seams are horribly ugly...at least the top-stitching looks okay!  The handles are 24" each and there's a zipper pocket inside.





I used staples to hold the woven pieces in place until they were sewn into the top binding which is also what the top zipper is attached to.



I was pretty upset with the way the stitching turned out, but otherwise I like the bag very much.  Almost enough to keep it for myself.  Hehe...good thing it's already packed up and ready to go out in today's mail!

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 10:22:58 AM »

what a great idea! I love those bags but can no way afford one. You did a great job!
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008 10:34:04 AM »

cool!!!  Awesome idea!
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008 10:39:41 AM »

Wow I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008 10:56:32 AM »

i lucked into a small harvey's bag at a hallmark store clearance sale ($10!!)
(and it's pink!)
and really bought it with the idea of copying it
this looks really great!


--and i'm anxiously awaiting someone replying to this to tell you what to do about the stitching problem -- my machine (kenmore) does the same thing
and until my mom gets here to look at it (probably not before this summer, ugh)
i don't know what to do about it
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008 11:01:17 AM »

Fantastic!! Great job! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 11:10:50 AM »

what a nifty idea! i wonder if using some kind of tear away material such as tissue or fabric dryer sheets may help with the bobbin stitching problem??
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008 11:22:08 AM »

--and i'm anxiously awaiting someone replying to this to tell you what to do about the stitching problem -- my machine (kenmore) does the same thing
and until my mom gets here to look at it (probably not before this summer, ugh)
i don't know what to do about it

I'm planning on taking mine to a sew'n'vac shop to have it tuned up. It hasn't been to the shop in 15 years. I know it's missing a screw on the shaft that I replaced with one that is too long, so there's probably some other things wrong too.

what a nifty idea! i wonder if using some kind of tear away material such as tissue or fabric dryer sheets may help with the bobbin stitching problem??

I tried that! Didn't make one bit of difference.   Huh
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2008 11:25:05 AM »

I've seen a few of those purses, and yours looks way better!
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2008 11:38:57 AM »

You did a fantastic job! I'm a total noob when it comes to sewing but would love to try this out...
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