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« on: August 12, 2012 12:27:08 AM »

I just finished this and I am so excited about it!

I made a purse from a cardboard Bisquick box and decorated it with postcards, book pages, playing cards, etc. The strap is a garage sale belt.











This took a lot longer than I anticipated, but was lots of fun!
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012 01:05:22 AM »

Very nice indeed. I like the way the belt you chose for the strap blends so exactly with the pictures you used on the bag. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012 02:43:15 AM »

I like it very much! Did you use fabric, or is it all paper? (It looks like fabric, but you used postcard etc.?)
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012 06:37:02 AM »

I love it!!  Totally cool!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2012 07:48:09 AM »

Thanks! Everything on the box is paper except for the trim (bias tape) and the lining (fabric).
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2012 08:13:08 AM »

This is really awesome!  I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012 01:10:36 PM »

wow - very nice ... how in the world did you get the lining in the box?  this looks so professional.  thanks
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2012 04:53:56 PM »

Thanks! My blog gives more detail on how to make the purse, but the section on the lining is sadly lacking --It really needed pictures and a more detailed information... I sometimes get so involved in crafting that I forget to keep taking pictures to make a proper tutorial.

I'll try to explain this, but I'm not sure it will be understandable without any pics.

I cut one piece of lining fabric that ran all the way from the front flap, down the indide of the back, and then all the way up the inside of the front. On the flap and the very front edge of the purse, I cut the lining fabric exactly the same size as the cardboard. On all the other parts I added about a half inch to the fabric width, so that it lapped over to the side panels.

I glued only the parts that lapped over, and also just a tiny bit along the edges of the flap lining, leaving most of the lining clean with no glue on it. Then I measured a long strip of posterboard the width of the inside of the purse, and the length of the left side panel + bottom + right side panel. I wrapped that in the lining fabric (gluing it underneath, where the glue would not show). Then I glued that piece into the purse, putting all the glue underneath the cardboard where it wouldn't show.

Then I stitched 1/4 inch double fold bias tape all around the opening and the flap to make everything look super neat and tidy. (Not so easy, stitching through thick cardboard!)

This probably makes no sense whatsoever...   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012 06:18:06 AM »

That is fantastic! I love the images you chose -- they really coordinate very well with the strap.
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2012 06:45:37 PM »

This is brilliant! I never even considered the possibility of making a purse out of a cardboard box. Did you waterproof it somehow?
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2012 05:01:10 AM »

Yes, it has several coats of sealer on it, so it should be reasonably waterproof. (Hope so! Will let you know how it wears over time.)

Also, the box is a very study one -- almost like a chipboard.
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2012 06:01:21 AM »

The tutorial on your blog is very helpful. Will be keeping a lookout for sturdy cardboard boxes to try this out - boxy purses are so trendy these days!
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2012 06:27:09 PM »

Nice bobolink on the front!!
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2012 12:36:57 AM »

Such talent! I collect vintage greeting cards. I may have to make one of these to store them.
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2012 11:33:16 AM »

Impressive!
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2013 10:16:06 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2013 08:59:01 PM »

This is so clever!  I love the colorful retro pics too.
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