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« on: May 12, 2004 12:35:01 PM »

How funny that there are other book purses on here!  I've been making these for some time now, but with a bit different take on it than I've seen here.  

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/rosepurse1.JPG

This is an old vintage book that I transformed into a tiny handbag.  I made the handles out of old wire hoops, and wrapped folded fabric around to cover it, as well as fatten it up. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/rosepurse2.JPG

The inside is made from vintage fabric that I tea stained to give it a more antique look, and match the cover of the book better.

And then this is a Reader's Digest that I'm playing with. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse.JPG

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse2.JPG

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse3.JPG

I made handles for it out of grosgrain ribbon and rubber tubing, but need to get an eyelet puncher before I attach them.  Instead of gluing them in, I'm going to tie the loose ends of the ribbons in bows through the cover. 

Also, I made a little pocket for cards and loose cash.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2004 12:57:28 PM »

Very nice!!! I'm dying to make one of these  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2004 02:02:26 PM »

I like the idea of attaching handles.  I'm a bit clumsy so clutches don't always work for me.

The first purse is too cute!
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2004 02:56:30 PM »

Beautiful!! I love the handles.  They give a really different look to the purse.  And I agree with Demeter - clutches don't work for me either.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2004 04:39:42 PM »

What is the attraction with clutches?  I would totally drop a clutch purse.  I have a hard enough time with handbags, that's why I usually go with a messenger bag around one shoulder. 

Anyways, finished 2 more with handles, I'll post pictures in a bit. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2004 06:50:33 AM »

So glad you posted your version cuz it ultra cute.   It's fun to see all the different versions of something. I seriously think yours are some of the nicest. Smiley Don't forget to post your new ones.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2004 07:26:42 AM »

Thanks klippedwingz!  I try to make everything professional grade, mainly because I value quality pieces, and yeah, I do sell these.

I think one of the best additions I made to the design is instead of taking a small piece of cardboard and gluing it directly to the spine for reinforcement, I wrap it in fabric, and glue it down after the lining has been put in. It keeps the lining tight, provides a nice flat bottom so the fabric won't pull up, and if the lining is slightly too large, I can push down the excess under the reinforcer. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2004 10:35:19 AM »

I actually just made my first book purse last night.. I've had the stuff for almost a year but when I bought it I was with my friends and I was helping them try to figure out how to make THEIRS.. and then I left for college blah blah blah.. and I finally got around to makign one for myself. The book is an old reader's digest too.. and the lining is from a thrift store sheet.


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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2004 10:53:23 AM »

ooohhh I love I love I love! Great jorb!
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2004 01:18:57 PM »

Alisoninwonderland, that looks great!  I like how you stitched around the top of the lining.  Did you sew the lining together before gluing it in, or simple glue the side and middle pieces in separately. 
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