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Topic: Owl be Green! - Upcycled owl purse  (Read 231611 times)
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MegHall
« Reply #50 on: December 12, 2010 01:56:20 PM »

This is beautiful, and so cute! I love the owl's face - what a nice job you did on it and the whole bag.
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« Reply #51 on: December 12, 2010 08:05:52 PM »

This is so cute! And you made such good use of reclaimed fabric. I love it.
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« Reply #52 on: December 12, 2010 08:11:08 PM »

This is incredibly cute.  The only thing I'd add is a zipper or some other closure, but it's a really clever use of the materials.  You did a good job shaping and laying out the pieces, etc. Thanks for sharing the idea.
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« Reply #53 on: December 13, 2010 05:00:03 AM »

Very nice bag, I love it! (I'm a bit biased as I love owls but who doesn't?Wink You did a great job! One question though: have you stitched the strap's lining to the strap all together while stitching main parts to lining? If so - how did you turn the straps?
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« Reply #54 on: December 13, 2010 06:12:57 AM »

I am big into owls also, and I love this bag.  Your daughter is very lucky to have a mom who has awesome sewing skillz!!! 
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« Reply #55 on: December 13, 2010 06:35:41 AM »

Very nice bag, I love it! (I'm a bit biased as I love owls but who doesn't?Wink You did a great job! One question though: have you stitched the strap's lining to the strap all together while stitching main parts to lining? If so - how did you turn the straps?

The strap was turned separately. I cut a piece of lining fabric about 4 inches wide, and slightly longer than I wanted the finished strap to be. Because there was no fabric long enough from the jacket I was cutting up, I pieced two pieces together to make a strip of tweed the same length and width as the lining. Fusible interfacing applied to the wrong side of the tweed. Then, with the right sides of the strap pieces together, stitch 1/2" seam along both sides. Trim the seam allowance, and turn. Press, and top stitch.

When I stitched the lining into the bag, I left an opening at both sides - on one side it was just large enough to fit the strap into, on the other side the opening was larger, to accomodate turning. After turning, press the top edge of the bag, folding down the seam allowances on the openings. Tuck an end of the strap into each opening and pin in place. Then top stitch around the entire bag, securing the straps and closing up the openings at the same time.

I hope that's clear... I should have taken more pictures!

This is incredibly cute.  The only thing I'd add is a zipper or some other closure, but it's a really clever use of the materials.  You did a good job shaping and laying out the pieces, etc. Thanks for sharing the idea.

I completely agree about the closure/zipper and was considering that problem. I'm making a drawstring bag insert that will snap into the bottom of this bag. If I make another one, I'll add a zippered closing. The shape of the top of the bag deterred me - but I think that if I stitch the along the seam allowance and pre-clip, like I did for the side pieces, it will go together smoothly.


And thank you, everyone, for all your comments! =)
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« Reply #56 on: December 13, 2010 06:52:59 AM »

I am in love with this! I am never this creative when I try to do recons. You did an amazing job!
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« Reply #57 on: December 13, 2010 11:49:01 AM »



How adorable I love this!
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veri
« Reply #58 on: December 13, 2010 11:49:15 AM »

Thank you, 85% confusion, now it makes perfect sence. I'd also put a zipper in - maybe a deep zipper kind of stuff so that front and back design would stay intact.
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celticchrys
« Reply #59 on: December 13, 2010 11:50:40 AM »

I completely agree about the closure/zipper and was considering that problem. I'm making a drawstring bag insert that will snap into the bottom of this bag. If I make another one, I'll add a zippered closing. The shape of the top of the bag deterred me - but I think that if I stitch the along the seam allowance and pre-clip, like I did for the side pieces, it will go together smoothly.

If you do this, I would be very interested in seeing how it turns out. Please post photos when you get it finished!  It's always interesting to see how different people tackle solving the same problems.
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