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« on: October 08, 2005 05:36:07 PM »

Okay, I need help!

Made another one of these based on thingwraith's "Pyramid studs and plaid bag" tutorial, but in my sewing I made a giant boo-boo.  I wanted to attach these nice tortoise shell handles but couldn't sew them into the bag when I was putting it together. 

So, my question is this:

Do you think it looks better as a clutch or should I attach the handles shown below?

Bag:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce29b3127cce94d698bfb23b00000016108EZtXLVw3aG

Lining:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce29b3127cce94d697fd73d600000016108EZtXLVw3aG

Handles:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce29b3127cce94d698bc330800000016108EZtXLVw3aG

Now, I feel stupid asking this, but now that it's closed what's the easiest and best looking way to attach the handles?  I tried hand stitching them on and it just looked silly and really flimsy.

Help please!!!

***EDIT***

Okay, so after stressing over it I decided that this was way too big to be a clutch.  I added the handles and here's how it looks now:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce31b3127cce94de1bbcbe6100000016108EZtXLVw3aG

Think it's better now or should I have left it alone?  I could always take the handles off again, but I think this is much better.
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005 05:46:55 PM »

Personally, i definitely prefer it as a clutch!
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2005 05:49:46 PM »

oooer.. that's a lovely clutch...

I suppose it would look good with the handles, too.. but I don't think there's a good way to attach them from the outside.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2005 05:55:50 PM »

If yoiu want to use the handles you need to make tabs, kind of like small straps and attach one side of each in place to the side of the bag you want the handle on, probably the back. Then insert the handle and sew the other side on. You could also just sew both at once with the handle on, but it'll be a little trickier. Just like the loops you use on a regular strap whice come up from the bag when you are attaching a ring in the strap.

I hope I didn't confuse you. Pleases feel free to do it another way that works for you.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2005 05:59:18 PM »

archer, I think it's super cute as a clutch!  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2005 06:02:37 PM »

Wow, clutch it is, I guess!  Thanks everybody!!! 

I think I was just a little thrown off because it's a bit on the large side, but I personally don't carry clutch bags so it might just be me.  Anyway, thanks for the input!  And, arrhythmia, thanks for the mini-tute.  That will definitely help me out because I know this isn't the first time I'll screw this up.

Thanks!  You guys are the best!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2005 06:07:31 PM »

I don't usually carry clutches either, but I just made one to take out with my tonight and I kinda like the idea of it for that purpose (guess I'll know better after I actually use it!).  I'm about to take pics and post them of the purse, hehe.
Anyway, yours is really cute!  Is that some of your famous vinyl? Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2005 06:19:05 PM »

Umm, I think that it is too big to be a clutch.  Maybe make loops with wide ribbon or something and attach the handle to those.  Liske sew on one end of the ribbon, put it through the handle, and sew on the other end?
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2005 06:21:35 PM »

No, actually it's this really pretty polyester blend, if you can believe that.  I bought it yesterday...found it at the bottom of the pile.  $3 for four yards, plus 50% off because I bought other stuff out of the "seconds" bin.  The fabric itself is really thick and strong but I used interfacing anyway.

I can't wait to see your clutch!!!  Where are you posting it?
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2005 06:23:34 PM »

Wow, it is gorgeous fabric!  You always get the best stuff!  *jealous* hehe
I just did post my clutch, but the pic is crap cause I'm hurrying, hehe.
It's posted in completed projects here.
I don't think that's too big to be a clutch, btw...I just saw in Lucky mag some "extra large" clutches they featured, and they were super cool. Smiley
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