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« on: December 27, 2005 01:34:18 PM »

I can't believe that I was actually CRAVING  bag making after struggling through so many Christmas gifts in a VERY short period of time.  Anyway, I wanted to make something medium-size for my many, many trips to the farmers market.

The outside material is a faux suede in an olive green shade.  I lined it with Amy Butler fabric that I absolutely adore!  There's a hard plastic insert in between the lining and the bottom of the bag to keep it completely flat when the bag is full of stuff.  Yay for reusing plexi glass from an old poster frame!  Oh, and of course, a magnetic snap closure.







Sorry for the blurry lining picture. 

The suede-like fabric is sooooo soft!  Wish I had more of it!!!  It was really hard to work with though. 

I dont know, you guys, do you think the outside needs something?  A pin or a brooch or something to jazz it up a bit?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2005 01:42:53 PM »

That looks beautiful!  And how clever to use plexiglass to help the bottom keep its shape. 

And as for the outside, I think any purse looks better with a flower pin or something fancy like that.  I'm a big fan of embellishments.  Grin Excellent job!
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2005 02:10:14 PM »

I think the bag looks beautiful as is, but what about a floral applique to coordinate with the liner?  Or a cute crocheted flower pin? 
Maybe a vintage-y rhinestone type of pin, that would look really pretty too.
Although I still think it looks just great the way it is. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2005 02:17:26 PM »

Thanks Leylia and thingwraith!

After posting this bag, I realized that I had a sparkley brooch that I inherited from my great, great grandmother and it looks SO CUTE on this bag.  I'm a bit afraid to use it, but maybe just from time to time.

Thanks for the compliments!  I love this bag.  This material is sooooo soft!  I can't get over it!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2005 02:24:07 PM »

I know what you mean about being afraid to use a pin.  I have a lot of lovely brooches that belonged to my great grandma and I always want to put them in my hair, or on a bag, or even just wear them but I am afraid of losing them. ^^;
Pretty much any time I have had a pin on a bag it has fallen off numerous times. >_<
That material you used reminds me of stuff I used to make a purse for my mom.  It was very plushy and soft greyish green upholstery stuff.  Where did you find that fabric?  It looks very plushy, but is it more of a sueded stuff?  ^^
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2005 02:40:42 PM »

I found it at Joann's, of all places.  I try not to buy fabric from there because I like to support the smaller, local businesses around where I live.  I happened to come across about 3/4 of a yard of it in the remnant bin for $1.99 and I HAD to have it.  It's washable, but it was labeled as a microsuede.  The material itself is stretchy, almost like spandex, but very squishy and soft.  Weird.  I'm going there tonight to get some more needles and magnetic clasps...I may have to search for more of it.  I'm hooked!
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005 04:53:37 PM »

Ah, very pretty!  I love the rectangular shape!  Maybe you can make a folded fabric flower pin to put on the outside?  Those are easy to do.
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2005 05:07:05 PM »

You know, I thought about that, but I've never made one before.  They're not hard?  I guess I'll have to look for a good tute on here and give it a try.  I think they're really beautiful, just haven't taken the time to try 'em out.

Thanks for commenting!!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2005 05:16:35 PM »

This is the tutorial I learned from:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24944.0
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2005 05:54:36 PM »

Fabulous!!  I adore faux suede  Grin
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