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« on: September 27, 2009 04:02:19 PM »

Hiya fellow craftsters

I have this bag I got to be all professional-looking with, but the dullness is killing me!

So I want to add...something to it, like paint something on it or a fabric applique. I have a few ideas. But, I've never dealt with vinyl/pleather. And since the bag's...made, I don't have extra material to just try these techniques on. So, anyone who has any experience, please advise me on:

-gluing fabric on vinyl/pleather - Is it possible? What type of glue would of recommend?
-painting on vinyl/pleather - Acrylic? Thinned with water? Or matte medium? Spray paints? Oils?

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009 10:41:34 AM »

I can't give proper information about those questions now, but may I suggest something different?   Just in case you like the idea:

I'm thinking it'd be easier to secure an adornment -let's say a pleather or fabric 3-d flower (easy to make by just putting together two or three layers of a flat one) by making a tiny hole on the bag just where you want to put it.  Line the hole with an eyelet and use thread, cord or wire, depending on what you want, to stick the adornment there, passing the thread through the eyelet.  Then tie the thread to a 2-holed button in the innner side.  This will prevent the material from deteriorating and it will be difficult for the adornment to fall or loosen.  And when you get tired of that embellishment, you can easily change it -you'll have a versatile bag!

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009 10:58:11 AM »

I agree with Soorawn,
Adding a 3 dimensional embellishment will be easier and you are less likely to have a problem like flaking paint, or messing up and not being able to get all of the paint out.  You could use buttons, tassels (like across the top for a closure), silk flowers, litterally anything you can dream up. 

Plus, if you make it removable, you can change the adornment to compliment your outfit, or leave it off for those times you have to be uber professional.

Have fun with it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009 06:20:07 PM »

I agree with adding a 3 dimensional embellishment to the bag.  How about some a fun and colorful scarf woven through the handle rings? 

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2009 06:45:52 PM »

Thank you for the suggestions guys.

But the main reason I want an applique or paint  is the handles have worn down at the rings and one snapped. I planned to replace the straps (with a cute fabric straps with trigger clips on their ends) and I really want to use the fabric to additionally decorate the bag itself, or use paint of a coordinating color.

Maybe the eyelet idea would work....

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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009 11:27:32 AM »


One of the coolest series of videos for painting on leather/vinyl. She does it for a living and says the paints wear insanely well over time. There are multiple videos, and I recommend watching them all before jumping in.

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