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Topic: kiwi hand bag and strawberry wrist bag! fruity goodness!  (Read 7886 times)
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« on: April 16, 2005 09:39:11 PM »



i made this purse for the 5 a day fruits and veggie swap, and i'm soo happy with how it turned out. i used olive green velour for the body, so that it would be fuzzy like the outside of a kiwi. it's stretchy, but i used really sturdy interfacing, so that it wasn't allowed to stretch. then i found a brighter green linen-like fabric for the inside and flap (from the bargain section, so who knows what it actually was) and i painted it to look like the inside of a kiwi. i made up a stencil for the centre, and mixed paints so that it wasn't all the same shade, just like a real kiwi. then i carved up the ends of wooden paintbrushes into ovals, dabbed them in paint and made all the black seeds. that took forever!


the inside has the kiwi as well! the snap is a little off centre, because i sewed it on after the purse was complete (the paint made it too stiff for the flap to lie flat without a snap), and i had to position it where the black thread would be hidden by the black paint on the front.

and a picture of my hand holding it, to give perspective.
     

i want to make more, but i'm going to make a screenprint of each of the layers, it took way to long to do by hand.

i also made this bag (the whole swap idea was 5 servings of fruits and veggies, so i made 5 things. actually, six. but i'm an overachiever)

the front


the back


this is just an ittle bag, it barely holds anything. i always thought that the little wrist clutches were kind of useless, until a friend of mine who always loses her purse at the bar got one, and actually didn't lose her purse! so this bag will hold just enough for a night out- cash, id, house key. just flat stuff!

i used red and green vinyl, and brown thread to machine stitch the seeds. i was pretty happy with it, but i don't really like that red vinyl, it doesn't have the cleanest edges. i want to make more, but i'm gonna get some new red vinyl!

if you want to see the other stuff i made for the swap (that isn't purses), check out the thread. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25487.30
there was some really cool stuff made for this swap!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2005 09:43:57 PM »

Amazing!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2005 11:48:40 PM »

zoinks. the kiwi bag is just too cute. looks like a lot of work and detail went into them both; good stuff!

mmm strawberries....
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2005 12:38:22 AM »

Beautiful kiwi!! What type of paint did you use?
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2005 07:33:59 AM »

Your kiwi handbag is beyond amazing!  It makes me swoon!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2005 07:48:11 AM »

Wow...those are great!  I might have to steal the kiwi idea.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2005 11:34:03 AM »

An orange or lemon ones would be cute also.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2005 12:13:24 PM »

Your kiwi bag is awesome!  It's realistic looking, and the velour just makes me want to touch it!

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2005 04:38:15 PM »

OMG!  I love the kiwi bag...so hard to find good kiwis these days!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2005 10:42:49 AM »

I love the kiwi bag! Too cute! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2005 11:12:06 AM »

Those are hot!, great job!
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2005 12:38:09 PM »

ACK!  So cute!  The kiwi is just brilliant, honestly.  And it makes me want to eat a kiwi.  It must be even better in person because the texture sounds great.
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2005 01:04:55 PM »

wow. i envy your sewing skills. these are so neat.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2005 05:03:41 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2005 05:10:52 PM »

thanks everyone!!! i'm glad you all like it! i couldn't stop touching it either!


Beautiful kiwi!! What type of paint did you use?

i just used craft acrylic paint, i can't even remember if i mixed in acrylic medium. it's not as if it's going to be washed a lot, and honestly, i haven't seen much difference between stuff i've used the medium on and stuff i haven't. i'm planning on making two silk screens (one for each layer) for future purses, because it took SOO LONG! i'll probably still use acrylic for it, because i can get more colour options.

An orange or lemon ones would be cute also.

i know! i have so many fun fruit ideas! that swap so inspired me!
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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2005 02:54:19 PM »

This kiwi is so frickin' rad. By far one of my most favorite things I've ever seen on Craftster. I want one so badly, would you mind if I used your design to make a pomegranite(s?) one? I saw the rest of the things you did for that swap and was super jelouse.
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2007 03:08:09 PM »

this is soooooo great. i want to make one. i'll try!

how did u do the little black seeds? painted or sewn?
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2007 06:09:58 PM »

kiwis and strawberries yum
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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2007 12:45:52 AM »

thanks!

the seeds on the kiwi were painted, i carved something into an oval shape and dabbed all the dots with acrylic paint. it took FOREVER!

the seeds on the strawberry are sewn with brown thread.
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2007 09:20:03 PM »

these are great! so cute and look awesome!! can you post the other bag you made?
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2007 12:22:48 AM »

i'm sorry, i'm not sure what other bag you're referring to???

but i'm glad you like them!
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