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hardyjenni
« on: January 06, 2009 05:37:34 AM »

Has anyone thought about or tried to make something like this? https://www.4miche.com/ver11/index.asp.  If so, how did/would you make the shells stiff?  Fabric stiffener?  Plastic canvas?

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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009 06:03:11 PM »

Interesting idea.  Like a bag that you can "skin."  I had never seen this before until your link.  I guess that you could make a bag with a simple shape like that, and then make a flat panel that would wrap around the outside and attach via velcro or snaps to the outside of the bag?  I think the trick would be to have it lie smooth.  I say, go ahead and give it a go!
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AidanNia
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2009 02:10:42 PM »

I just saw a commercial for this and the first thing I thought was, "Hmm, let's jump on Craftster and see if anyone has come up with a good way to DIY!"

This bag is what I have been wishing for my whole life--I hate to change purses! But I kept thinking that you should be able to take the inside out--it is a much better idea to just take the outside off!
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wtpdesigns
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009 06:36:18 AM »

buy cheap aluminum flashing and magnets... it'll hold better and be more seamless, velcro would make a gap and you'd see lint collected in it and such, and if the snaps fail you'd have a heck of a time fixin it and who wants to keep fixin what they make! anyway, pressed mat board or plastic canvas would work, the mat board would be sturdier and would make it an easy no sew kinda project, but i imagine the canvas would be easier to sew and it would have some givefor bulges and such... hope this helps
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jenn1519
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2009 03:18:50 PM »

I have this bag!  I love it!  I bought one shell that had no buckles or decorations on it and I've sewn numerous fabric shells to slide over it!
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wtpdesigns
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2009 05:50:55 PM »

i'm actually in the process of designing a bag much like this, mostly because i can't justify spending 70, 80, 90+ bucks for any purse... my likes change from day to day... one day i feel like red, the next 5 days purple, a month after that it's black, etc, but i love the idea of not changing purses and knowing where everything is... mine will be about the same dimensions, just with more pockets on the inside... i'll post pix if anyone wants... it may take time since i have to gather some supplies and test things that work best, one thing i can promise, no magnetic closures lol i hate them on purses... also, they are way more expensive than i like... i also probably wont have any feet on mine, it may, but probably not... any sugestions i should think about?
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Feywalker
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009 01:50:29 PM »

I'd say if you're going to do feet, try upolstry tacks, I've heard they work well.  For the whole magnetic thing, walmart carries some small very powerful ones back in their craft section and they're like $2 - $3 for four and fairly flat.  then you could just put a metal strip in the top of the shells (no lining up perfectly needed) or use a sheetmetal base. Mat board wouldn't be waterproof, but would be firm.  Plastic canvas isn't too firm, but if the sides of the base are firm, it should work.  hmmm.
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shellim4
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2009 07:06:40 PM »

i'm actually in the process of designing a bag much like this, mostly because i can't justify spending 70, 80, 90+ bucks for any purse... my likes change from day to day... one day i feel like red, the next 5 days purple, a month after that it's black, etc, but i love the idea of not changing purses and knowing where everything is... mine will be about the same dimensions, just with more pockets on the inside... i'll post pix if anyone wants... it may take time since i have to gather some supplies and test things that work best, one thing i can promise, no magnetic closures lol i hate them on purses... also, they are way more expensive than i like... i also probably wont have any feet on mine, it may, but probably not... any sugestions i should think about?

I would love to see your pics!!! Please post them!
Shelli
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cool grandma
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2010 08:04:38 AM »

Shelli, Did you ever finish the purse and the skin?  I am very interested in seeing the finished product and to know how you did it!!! Or, can we make our own skins for the miche bag?
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shellim4
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2010 10:09:06 AM »

Shelli, Did you ever finish the purse and the skin?  I am very interested in seeing the finished product and to know how you did it!!! Or, can we make our own skins for the miche bag?

That was actually wtpdesigns that was working on one of these. I just posted that I would love to her pictures. Hope she's still around. I'd still be interested in this.
Shelli
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wtpdesigns
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2010 11:50:17 AM »

i actually bought a real miche bag and it works well, but not worth the cost at all! i am still trying to make one, but the money situation is hindering me a bit... but i can say (after taking apart the real shells) they use 4 metallic magnets (not the usual ones we know) per side then 4 that attach in the same place per side of each shell... and their shells are cardboard so the backs of notepads would work (same type of cardboard as in the real thing) i can answer any other questions about the real ones if needed... and i WILL post pix if i ever get to finish my bag... i at least know what i hate about the miche bag itself... it's very small and made of cardboard and plastic crap so it's very squishable and not very sturdy... also it can't be washed
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LittleQuack
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2012 12:56:20 PM »

Diy shells for the Classic and Petite Miche bags should be fairly simple. With proper measurements all that is needed is 4 magnets, a piece of cardboard cut to size, some pretty fabric, and the ability to sew straight edges. I've also seen people buy 1 Miche shell and then make slip covers for it, this would make them easier to make(no need to find magnets or cardboard) and easier to wash I'd assume. Shells for the Demi(which is my favorite) and the Prima would be a little more complex, but the styles Miche offers are limited so I might try to come up with a pattern for them as well. I love the size and shape of my Demi and if I was able to design and make my own shells then this bag would truly be limitless.
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christianmarie
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2012 08:53:57 PM »

I would definitely use cardboard to stiffen the shells. Something thin that you can sew through like poster board or pieces of a cereal box. Obviously, you won't be able to throw the shells in the washing machine, but I have many bags and wallets that I've interfaced with cardboard and they spot clean just fine.
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LittleQuack
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012 07:26:57 PM »

I drafted a pattern and made my first shell for the Demi base bag.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406105.0

Check it out Smiley
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