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« on: November 06, 2005 06:06:24 AM »

(Afraid I'd already posted this, but it fits the challenge!)

I didn't think to submit this when I was making it, so unfortunately there's no pictures. It should be straightforward enough, I think. The making of the bag too about an hour, mostly because I couldn't sew trim on in a straight line!
The decoration took about two and a half hours; I had to wait for a stencil layer to dry and fix it before I could paint the next one, and on denim, the white fabric paint too a couple of layers to cover.

The finished handbag (apologies for the focus on the first picture. I had to hang the bag on my door handle and kneel at the top of the stairs to take it)

I needed a funky bag for the holidays, and one that wasn't too bulky.
I bought a pair of Levis in a charity shop for 1 (probably about 50c) and turned them into a handbag. They were about two sizes too small for me, but the waist size is perfect for a handbag!
The overall cost of it was the cost of the jeans, because everything else was sundries or bits (like the trim and buttons) I had left over from old projects.
I cut the legs off on an angle so they resembled a pair of hotpants, and sewed some beaded trim along the bottom. I sewed the remainder of the trim across the top of the watch pocket on the right hand pocket.
Then, I cut the legs and sewed the lengths together to make a strap long enough so that the bag would hang at my waist level. I left the edges frayed to give it a more 'worn' look (unfortunately, this means bits keep coming off when I use it!).
Finally, I sewed the zip closed from inside. I can still open the zip, but nothing can fall out through it.
To decorate, I made stencils of the separate pieces from a drawing of the littlest totoro. I cut out the grass with the totoro's outline and the flower taken out, the littlest totoro itself, and the flower shape. I stencilled these on in fabric paint, fixing each layer after it dried. Everything else, like the rocks and dragonfly, I painted on.
I added details like the shading lines on the grass and rocks and the totoro's eyes with fabric markers.
The button in the bottom corner of the stencil says "Made in England". I found it in a bag of mixed buttons I bought at a haberdasher's in town.
After I took the picture, I've added on a rainbow stripy belt through the belt loops, and my old school librarian's and prefect badges.
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2005 06:41:46 AM »

very cute! i love the little beads 

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2005 06:48:46 AM »

Cute bag!
I love the trimming and the stenciling.

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2005 09:26:37 AM »

I love the little design on the bottom of the bag.  It looks like a cat or a bunny in grass...Am i wrong?  Anyway, good job

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2005 11:15:32 AM »

It's the Littlest Totoro from a the Japanese film My neighbour Totoro.

And tamar, the beads are part of the trim (left over form a pair of trousers I had to make longer), but they keep falling off! Most of them are superglued at the ends now, because I use it so much.
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2005 03:18:20 PM »

sweet!  I have an old pair of jeans I've been wanting to do something with!  this is such a great idea, AND you have a totoro!!!!!

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