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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A project to turn thrifted belts into purse handles on: April 21, 2008 07:32:41 PM
You will need:
Belts, leather or leather look work best
Rivets with a variety of shank lengths
Swivel hooks, rings or other hardware to attach handle to purse
A hole punch for leather work
Pliers or a grommet setter.

Secure the buckle.  Cut the belt in half somewhat off center so that the buckle will fall just off the shoulder when completed.  Loop up about 2 of one cut end and punch a hole through both pieces about 3/8 up from cut end.  Insert a swivel hook or ring into the loop and apply the rivet with the smooth cap on the outer portion. Simply insert shank end through the backside up through the hole on the front side. Place button end over the shank and squeeze with pliers or grommet setter until the back piece flattens and rivet is firmly set.

You can use a swivel hook attached to bag and clipped over a ring as here or you can do the opposite. You can use two split rings in both the purse and handle. This makes the handle removable if you want to change it, reuse it or wash the bag.  If you use a webbed or woven belt you will need to secure the belt with fabric glue on the back side or the fabric will fray.  Alternately you could stitch over raw ends. This also goes for woven leather belts such as the one on the right end.
The bag was made from a Purse-O-Nality pattern.  The faux suede was also thrifted.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / instructions on waxed cotton on: October 03, 2007 10:18:02 AM
I recently saw some bags made from waxed cotton. Called the Brave Brown Bag, they have an on line site. I loved the idea of making bags from this technique but cannot find anywhere instructions. I understand it can be done in a crock pot, but what kind of wax and what kind of finishing is done? So anyone heard of this as well and will to share?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I am looking for salesman sample boards to buy.... on: October 02, 2007 12:48:02 PM
Does anyone have a good internet resource for the salesman sample boards.  The two place I used to buy from have sort of evaporated. What exactly I am looking for is the sample packs that the fabric companies use to sell to fabric shops at market. When the line is discontinued the sample boards go up for sale. Actually the only board part is the top where it is all stapled. I have done an internet search, and looked on Ebay.  I really don't like Ebay very much.  I was buying from WestVirginia Fabrics and they seem to have disappeared, The Nixie Chicks had some but they are out.  Any suggestions?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pin cushions from china ware on: August 30, 2007 05:33:15 PM

I made these pin cushions from old cups, sugar bowls and creamers I found at a thrift shop. I made them with scraps from my sewing and batting scraps. Each one has a tiny heart of steel wool to sharpen and clean the pins as the cushions are used. I plan to give them as Christmas gifts to my sewing friends.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / new journal from an old book on: August 20, 2007 04:52:06 PM
I gutted the book and saved the text block for collage.  I then made an new text block out of some nice arches paper and installed it. I did a little collage on the cover. I have a bunch of these old books and think they would make great Christmas gifts if I could just get to doing them.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / new tote on: August 20, 2007 04:45:15 PM
I made this on the serger with crazy quilting, and used the serger drippings to couch down as embellishments, along with some cool thread.  The fringe is serger drippings too.
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