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431  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first real purse! on: November 19, 2007 08:42:20 PM
Aww thanks! I love when my creations inspire people! that's what crafting is all about! Copy all you like  Wink

well thank you.  i will, of course, post many pics if/when i finish it!
432  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first real purse! on: November 19, 2007 07:14:02 PM
wow this purse is great!! my first purse looks like a piece of junk lol. I love how the outside is such a lovely serious gray and the inside is so fun! Awesome job! I hope to see more purses from you  Smiley

why thank you!  it's actually kind of a brownish, which i know doesn't come across well in the pics.  i wish i could just show it to you all in person!  aaaand i believe you just made the purse that i'm about to copy take inspiration from (if you don't mind!) because i looove your design and all the pockets you put in and the magnetic snaps.  it really looks so professional.  so i don't know if that's your first or not, if it is then it's definitely not junk, and if it's not, well, then you've improved and should be proud!  lol.

Nice job!  Be careful though... making purses becomes addicting!! Cheesy

thank you!  and i know... like i said above, i've already got plans for another, using Underhill940's idea with the many many pockets!
433  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Three new items! Purse, Special Wallet, and Pouch with Tons of Pictures/Link on: November 19, 2007 03:20:22 PM
ok so i'm pretty jealous because i just made a new purse but i love that kind of ribbon with the dashed edges AND i contemplated putting some sort of divider/organizer in it but opted against it... and now i'm jealous that you will be SO much better organized than i will be!  lol.  i might just have to make another now!  eep.
434  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first real purse! on: November 19, 2007 12:50:59 PM
I am a bit confused...If you want your strap to be 2.25 inches would you not need to cut the fabric to 9 inches and fold it in quarters to equal 2.25 inches finished?

i think so, unless maybe she's not folding it in all the way.  either way, i got the idea and will try it.  but you're right, if you're folding it all the way, yes i think it'd need to be 9.
435  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first real purse! on: November 19, 2007 07:07:26 AM
Very cute. I love the contrast in fabric choices.
About the strap:  I loathe turning straps inside out, so one method I came up with was this:
If you want your strap to be 2 1/4" - cut your interfacing to 2 1/4". Cut your fabric to 8 1/2. Fold your fabric in half and crease it. Unfold the fabric and place the interfacing along one end of the fabric. Fold the fabric in quarters(so the ends of your fabric meet at the creased fold). Fold again so your left with a 2 1/4 strip. Sew along the ends. Hopefully, you understood that. Grin It's much, much easier than turning the fabric inside out, I promise you.

thank you, that makes sense.  that would make it stiffer too!  i will definitely be trying that next time.
436  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first real purse! on: November 19, 2007 06:36:33 AM
well hello craftsters.  i've been coming here for a while but this is my first purse and the first project i've put a lot of effort into.  it's also the first time i've used stripes, because they always scared me before.  inspiration and directions from these tutes and projects:

the jordy bag tute from (of course) thejordy

aline jordy with flap tute from second-hand-smoke

zipper tute from sewing stars

idea for fabric covered buttons and buttons on the strap from maggiedotcom

aaand here are my pics (this is my first post so i can't post the pics right here).  the color is a little washed out in these, but i think you can get the basic idea:

the whole thing.

close-up of the button on the front, covered in the lining material

the side, with a cute little green button that matches the stitching even though the stitching doesn't show up much.  you can see my tiny little imperfect seam right under the strap.  it's like that on each side.   Embarrassed

flap up, so you can see the lining.

and the inside.  i know it's not the best pic.  i am so proud of my zipper though!  and on the right hand side (you can just barely see the end of it in the pic) i put a little loop to hold my keys, since i am always fishing around in my purse for them.

other than the small blemishes under the straps on each side i'm very happy with the way it turned out.  i do have one question... what is the best method for turning straps inside out?  i had a bear of a time with this one, the finished handle was actually my third attempt as i made it a little wider each time.  i interfaced both sides and the fabric itself was a little thick, which made it very hard to do.  i ended up sitting down in front of the tv with a wooden spoon with a long handle and verrrry slowly coaxing the thing to turn.

any comments or feedback are very welcome!  thanks for looking!!
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