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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 / 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.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help with strap idea on: January 23, 2008 04:40:56 PM
I am making a purse for a friend, and I have an idea for the strap but would like some advice.  I have a necklace that is made of large wooden beads strung on fishing line.  The purse is felted wool sweater.  So I was going to attach the necklace to a strap made of the same felt as the body of the purse.  Has anyone ever done that?  Will there be too much stress on the necklace to be sewed to the strap?  What would be the best way to attach it? I was just going to sew it every few beads to the felt strap.

Originally, I wanted to use just the necklace as the strap, but I thought that might be risky. 

Thoughts anyone? 

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