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)
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!