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« on: March 11, 2013 03:31:52 AM »

I made this bag for LeapFeetFirst in the IYP swap.  It has a finished measurement of 17"X12" and is 4 inches wide at the bottom.  I used zippers and handles recovered from discarded thrift store bags. The leather bottom and trim is cut from a leather coat, also purchased at the thrift store.  The top zip closure has a double zipper pull so it can be opened from either end, a feature I really enjoy on any bag I use.

The handles were a new experience for me as the back and the front don't match.  The front handles are attached with tabs.  The back are sew into the body of the purse along a line of patchwork.  The small zip pocket on the back is sized for a cell phone.  I decided not to include a zip pocket on the interior of the bag and just went with pockets along the sides in a fun text print.  The bag is quilted in black, green and blue threads with random circular motions.



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It' s very pretty and looks professional. I like the patchwork and the double zipper is  fantastic (I haven't seen it before in a bag, is this idea yours?). I like the positioning of the handles too! Very very nice!!! 
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013 08:54:08 AM »

I can't claim the idea as mine for the double zipper since I took the zipper from another bag, but thanks!  Zippers are the hardest part of making a bag look professional because zipper pulls are all the same for the average buyer.  BUT, taking nice zippers out of old bags is economical because I can buy a used purse for a couple of dollars and salvage handles, at least 1 zipper, but often 2 or three, magnets, d rings and other cool stuff.  I have reused leather in old bags as well.  Thanks for your comments!
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013 11:07:00 AM »

Beautiful, A2K!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013 05:53:10 PM »

That bag is the BOMB!  I love your sewing skills, esp. your totes, and still marvel at the one I received from you in a swap awhile back!

I too, sometimes deconstruct thrift store bags for what I need.  For examples, wood handles are like six dollars a pair, when I can buy the entire pocketbook, with the needed handles, for less than three dollars.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2013 07:42:42 AM »

Cheesy  Thanks, LadyBug!  Glad you are still enjoying your tote!
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