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« on: September 01, 2009 10:44:06 PM »

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Othello Act 3, scene 3, 155161

Sorry to the Shakespeare fans out there for taking that quote completely out of context.  

I have been wanting to make a hobo style purse for awhile,  but my sewing skills are not so hot.  At the dollar store I saw the trash bags, thought of all the fused grocery bag stuff out there.  Then it hit me I do not have to sew,  I can fuse those seams.  

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources that are too numerous to list. Though I do consider this original, it may not be unique.  

Basically I made a large purse and accessories.  The accessories include,  a tampon holder,  a wrist purse(my wallet), a coin purse, and a Kleenex holder.

Supplies used
1. 4 different colors of trash bags - blue, white, pink and black
2.  soda bottle plastic

Bigger photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sirmamabear/sets/72157622088418545/



One bit of warning to anyone that wants to duplicate this project,  be careful what kind of bags you buy,  I got the scented kind.  My craft room smelled like an cheap perfume factory exploded.  Also I recommend getting a mini iron.  I did do all of this with a full size iron, and I have a few war wounds to show for it.  
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009 11:18:39 PM »

The raw supplies



The purse and accessories



Close up of the coin purse,  tampon pouch, wrist purse(wallet) and kleenex holder



Close up of the Crafter's Jolly Rodgers



Close up of the large bead used for the clasp.  This was made for the soda bottle plastic.





 

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009 09:33:29 AM »

That is very unique to me and I love the bag. Especially the scissors. While I am not into skulls, this looks so geometric, which appeals to me.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009 09:43:50 AM »

I'm amazed at your use of materials- the soda bottle bottom purse is so freakin' cool! How sturdy is everything though? (I know cheap trashbags always tear on me when used for actual garbage.)
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009 10:31:00 AM »

How did you attach the zipper to the plastic bottle? Glue?
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009 05:58:27 AM »

Been using everything sense Monday with no issues.   The garbage bags are fused together. So there is about 6 to 18 layers depending on the part.   Think along the lines of it is really easy to break one pencil into 2,  but it is really hard to break 6 pencils at once. 

As far as the coin purse construction I used a push pin to punch small holes about .25 inches apart.  So you could almost say I laced the zipper to the soda bottle bottoms instead.   


This is a close up of the coin purse.  Gives a better idea of how the zipper is attached to soda bottle bottoms.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009 06:58:52 AM »

Been using everything sense Monday with no issues.   The garbage bags are fused together. So there is about 6 to 18 layers depending on the part.   Think along the lines of it is really easy to break one pencil into 2,  but it is really hard to break 6 pencils at once. 

As far as the coin purse construction I used a push pin to punch small holes about .25 inches apart.  So you could almost say I laced the zipper to the soda bottle bottoms instead.   


This is a close up of the coin purse.  Gives a better idea of how the zipper is attached to soda bottle bottoms.

I am in love with this!  Great recycling!
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009 07:08:16 AM »

I seen this coin bottle piece on a site about a year ago. I always wanted to do it. So glad to see others actually doing it. The one I saw on some other random stumble site had a yellow zipper, which really made the green bottle pop.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009 07:38:51 AM »

I totally fused some of those scented trashbags for a project. Hilarious.

Great job!~
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2009 11:04:46 AM »

This is really awesome! You did a great job! Way to recycle too. Wink
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