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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Felted sweater purse on: February 23, 2009 06:24:42 PM
I used a pattern to get started on this felted purse, but I had to modify the original design quite a bit since I was using felt and wanted to do a couple of things differently.  I used a thrifted abercrombie and fitch belt for the strap and added a flap for the clasp.  The strap is adjustable so you can change the length.  I used a thrifted sweater for the felt and the lining is a Japanese print on cotton.  I stitched the lining in by hand using a reverse slip stitch.  The rosette is made from a wool sweater that had some corduroy trim.  I used some of the wool and the cord to give it an interesting texture.  I covered a shank button with some of the lining material for the center of the rosette.  The original design is called the 1-hour bag (http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html).  Ahem...it took me 3 weeks working here and there, but I have been planning this bag for over a year.  I love the juxtaposition of the sandals with the felted wool.  It's like the little reminder of summer that we all need in the winter.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / decoupage or wallpapering plastic laminate? on: February 27, 2008 01:39:41 PM
I bought 3 chests of drawers at the thriftstore for $10 a piece.  I plan to use these for my crafting supplies.  They are well built with six dovetail drawers (and heavy particle board carcasses), but have a plastic laminate surface with a dark woodgrain look.  I would like to cover the drawers with wallpaper samples or do some decoupage.  Can I do that on plastic laminate?  Any suggestions, tips, or experiences would be appreciated!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: lovehate purse on: February 01, 2008 07:24:16 PM
I really like the texture of the fabric that you used.  Sometimes it just takes time for a project to grow on you.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Simple and beautiful on: January 28, 2008 11:47:07 AM
I love the applique!  It is the perfect bag with a hint of spring!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My newest bag! on: January 27, 2008 05:08:26 PM
Super job repurposing!  The colors are great.  You did a great job.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felted Red Spiral Purse on: January 27, 2008 05:04:27 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments.  The neatest thing about making this purse is that the materials just came together effortlessly.  I had most of the stuff lying around in my craft area forever then they just managed to end up in the same pile which is how I design my purses.  I originally thought this would make a great valentines day bag but I ended up giving it to a friend for their birthday.  
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felted Red Spiral Purse on: January 26, 2008 02:39:05 PM
This is the first purse that I have posted.  This purse took a LONG time to make.  I spent 6 hours just doing the needle felting!  I also did a lot of handstitching.  I attached the lining by hand using a fell stitch because I didn't want the felt all bunched up with a seam.  I wasn't sure how the beaded necklace strap adornment would hold up, but I am hoping for the best because it looks really good with the rest of the purse.  I ended up sewing it to the strap every 2 large beads or so.  I think if I would have sewed between every bead it would have gotten crinkly looking if that makes sense.  The sweater I used for the body was from the thriftstore as was the necklace.  The lining was made from an upholstery sample and fabric scraps from my stash.  I used a magnetic purse clasp. 

I would love feedback!  Especially your thoughts on how you think the strap will hold up.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Where the Wild Things Are - Painted Toy Box (Oodles of pics) on: January 26, 2008 02:32:32 PM
You did an outstanding job.  It is so impressive.  Thanks for sharing your technique too!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: retro miracle on: January 26, 2008 02:30:06 PM
What an incredible blessing!  This will certainly be a special dress.  Are you married?  Maybe you will meet your future husband wearing this dress or something like that.  Thanks for sharing such a great story.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! on: January 26, 2008 02:26:10 PM
What a great collection of felted food!  I really like the chips with the package and the grocery bags too!
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