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mully4235
« on: April 20, 2006 12:02:33 PM »

Are there any really super simple purses out there that an 11, 10, 8, and 5 year old could make?  Something pretty or cute, that I could help them make or something they could make on their own?  I have one week to find a bday present for my cousins and their mom said they really like it when I get them something that I can help them with, apparently they like spending time with me (crazy kids  Grin ).  The only thing I can think of that I haven't helped them make before is a purse.  I thought about making them a monster purse, but I'm not so sure they would like one. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2006 11:57:17 PM »

My sister in law did this with her grandchildren.  Basically, it was a bag shape (simple like a pillowslip), drawstring in the top and then ran the end of the cords to the sides (going lengthwise) to make a backpack shape.  Was cute.  I think she actually used a pattern, but you could probably take the idea and run with it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006 07:41:36 AM »

My sister in law did this with her grandchildren.  Basically, it was a bag shape (simple like a pillowslip), drawstring in the top and then ran the end of the cords to the sides (going lengthwise) to make a backpack shape.  Was cute.  I think she actually used a pattern, but you could probably take the idea and run with it.

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That sounds like a good idea  Smiley  I might do that if I can figure out how to run the cord/straps.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2006 07:49:27 AM »

you could try doing http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68279.0<--this one? it'd be pretty easy. as for hte bag, it sounds as if it's a normal drawstring bag with arm straps? it'd be fairly easy as well. there is a whole list of bag tutorials that you can search for as well Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2006 09:11:45 AM »

You could make a foam bag. I did this with my nieces and they loved it. You get some pieces of fun foam or whatever it is called (Hobby Lobby has a really big selection of patterns, colors sizes and thicknesses if you have one of those near you.)
Cut them to whatever dimension you want. Include a handle. Then you can either glue the pieces at the seams (I find it works well to clamp seams until dry,) you can sew it on your sewing machine,  (I use a leather needle with the point), or you can punch holes with a small hole punch and let the girls lace it up with yarn or that plastic lace stuff you make things out of or whatever you want. Attach handle (either a premade bought handle, or make it out of foam (I would sewing machine on the foam handle for added security.)
Then they can decorate however they want to. Fabric paints in squeeze tubes work good, they have adhesive back pre cut foam things, jewels, ribbon, whatever.


Here are some links to different foam purse patterns
http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/fun_foam_purse.htm
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=25079
Wallet out of foam http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=25080b

Here's a picture of one made on the sewing machine, probably a bit more advanced than you're looking for but here it is anyway, http://i7.ebayimg.com/01/i/04/fe/3d/6b_2.JPG

Here's a link to some foam bag blanks that you decorate (again at least for inspiration)
http://www.craftikids.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=48%2F1812&cat=13
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2006 12:28:16 PM »

The foam bag sounds cool too, but I can't find any at the Walmart here and we don't have any other cool crafty kind of stores here.  Sad     As for the drawstring, I am having a hard time figuring out how to make it.   Embarrassed  I've looked at all the tutorials here and they just aren't very clear enough for my simple brain lol.  I like the kind where you pull the straps and that is the drawstring that closes the bag, but I just can't figure that out.   Sad   Any suggestions?
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2006 01:07:53 PM »

oooo tay!
this is a semi-tut for a drawstring backpack.

(excus ethe hastiness of this, it was done in a few min in photoshop ^ ^;Wink

(1st picture on left) Cut your fabric so there is a fold at the bottom, sew up the sides but not all the way, stop about 2inches before the end.

(2nd picture top right) fold and iron the edge inward on both sides, then take the top and fold it over about 1/4 in and then down another 3/4 in to make a casing for the drawstring. iron and sew all the way around.

(3rd picture middle) you should have 4 holes, 2 on each side. now fold the bag right side out and sew across the bottom corners to make little triangles.

(4th picture bottom) you can simply cut holes in the triangles, or put in grommets, or put in buttonholes, whatever you feel like. then youtake 2 lengths of cord and put the thru the casing and tie them at the holes.

you now have a drawstring bag. (i can put up pics of a basic one if you want/ need them)
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mully4235
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2006 12:18:25 PM »

Thanks for that tute!!  I had a moment of confusion with how the drawstrings ran thru, but it suddenly became clear to my poor brain  Smiley   Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007 03:56:11 PM »

Placemat purses are fairly easy.  You don't have to do lining for them if you pick thick ones.  Click on instructions at the bottom of this page http://www.southern-stitches.com/placematpurse.html.  You'll have to help them keep it straight while they sew, but it's very easy and turns out really good because it's already straight and interfaced for you.
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