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1  Re: Craftalong Un-swap part 2: embroidery in The Swap Gallery by sasto on: January 04, 2005 02:54:04 PM

Here's my old school tattooed tea towel--I got the image off of a tattoo gallery on the web, printed it, traced it & embroidered my dagger stabbed heart out. The stem stitch is a nightmare--couldn't get it even. I love chain stitching however & the overall experience was like having a new coloring book & 64 pristine crayons! Very fun.

I am 2/3 of the way done on my scarf & by god I'm going to have it done & posted with weeks to spare!
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2  Re: Craftalong Un-swap Part 1a: Sewing a purse in The Swap Gallery by sasto on: December 02, 2004 12:10:52 PM
Well as much as I didn't want to post the purses I've been making to sell, because there's nothing new to me about them, with the Christmas rush, I haven't had time to do anything FUN just for me. But I did make many many many purses during November & I might as well suck it up & post what I have so I can stop feeling like a slackeroo. These are all paper, reinforced with fusable interfacing & lined with paper or posterboard, covered inside with clear contact & outside with clear vinyl that is stiched with clear nylon thread. There are grommets for the hole for the handles & the handles are made with rubber aquarium tubing. I call them Paper or Plastic? Purses.

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3  Paper or Plastic? With Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sasto on: November 01, 2004 08:14:47 AM
These are the first items I've posted on Craftster.

This is a purse/tote made from Ed Hopper art postcards:

Here's one from Starbucks brouchures:

& a couple of shots of an album purse I made:


& a Route 66 Postcard Purse:



spray adhesive
paper designs for the showy side of your purse
clear vinyl
clear contact paper
clear nylon thread
grommets & a grommet tool
rubber aquarium tubing


1. Take a peice of posterboard & iron heavy interfacing on to it--this will act as the base for your purse.

2. The purse is made of five sections: the front & back, the bottom & the two sides. Think of it as a box, the front and back have to be the same size, the sides will be the same height as the height of the front & back. The bottom will be the same width as the front & back and the same length as the two sides. Okay, for conversation's sake the front and back are 3  x 5, the sides are 3 x 2 and the bottom is 5 x 2. (Which is going to make you a teenie little purse.)

3. Take the paper sections and using spray adhesive, attach it to the interfacing side of the posterboard in a cross shape (the bottom is in the middle flanked by the two sides with the front above it and the back below). Cut away all of the excess posterboard so that you only have the cross part. (Note if your bag won't fit on the posterboard, put the front, back & bottom together & cut the two sides out separately. You can attach the sides with clear packing tape after you've cut it out.)

4. Lay the cross down on the clear vinyl, pretty side down so that you're looking at the posterboard side. Take clear contact paper and seal the posterboard part to the vinyl part with the sticky stuff on the contact paper (sticky back plastic for our Eurocraftsters).

5. Cut away the excess clear vinyl leaving a 1" border all the way around the edges of the cross.

6. Take your clear packing tape & fold the vinyl edge over what will be the four top edges of the purse & tape it to the posterboard side. (The posterboard side will be the inside of your purse.)

7. Take a hole punch or a grommet tool and punch four holes to run the handles through. Insert the grommets & hammer them flat.

8. Take your purse to the sewing machine and stitch the sides to the front & back. You now have a box! You will have to do a little origami to get the thing smushed down so it will go under the pressure foot. I use a big long plastic ski looking foot to work with vinyl. My best tips are to use clear nylon quilting thread & a new sharp needle. I use a pretty wide zig zag stitch & it holds very well. Cut off the excess plastic after you've stitched the sides together.

9. Take rubber aquarium tubing and cut it into two equal sized peices to use for handles. Thread the handles through the grommets & knot the ends. You can leave the knots on the outside of the bag or on the inside, it's a personal preference thing. You can also run thin ribbon, string or bead chain through the tubing before you knot it to add interest & color to your handles.

10. Carry your purse with pride  Grin  

I'm sorry I don't have pics posted but I have fits trying to get the picture situation to work.  Huh

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