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1  Re: classy pleated iridescent clutch TUTORIAL ADDED!!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PinkBalletShoes on: January 23, 2006 07:29:42 AM
Here's my version- not nearly as good, but I love the way it turned out! I'm giving it to my sister as part of her wedding gift, it matches the bridesmaid's dress colors! And I figure, as long as I am a maid of honor, I might as well go ahead and make one for myself!! I LOVE this tute- thanks so much Laurasaurus!!

& this is the inside-

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2  Pink Bootylicious Sock Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PinkBalletShoes on: August 02, 2005 05:08:52 PM
I've always wanted a sock monkey, so I thought I'd give it a try with some cheap-o gold star clearance Kohl's brand  Cheesy I got these pink socks with kitties and "I love cats" printed all over them. So, here's my monkey- a little crudely sewn, my !@&* sewing machine flaked out on me  Grin

P.S. She's "bootylicious" because I happened to stuff her butt reallly FULL and didn't realize it 'till she was sewn shut.. I think I might name her Beyonce or something like that  Wink
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3  Tee Hee- I made an expensive looking Jordy! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PinkBalletShoes on: June 02, 2005 01:00:22 PM
So, my mom wanted one of those quilted purses but absolutely did NOT want to dish out the dinero to buy one. So she enlisted me to find some pretty quilted fabric and I did- just what she wanted. So I fished out the ole' jordy tute and now she has a gorgeous, expensive looking purse (I can't think of the name for the brand of these that are actually expensive, but...) that I made for $5!!

Comments? Critiques? Etc, etc?
^ this is the purse all done!

^ Here's the purse inside colors and ugly velcro- oh, and sorry for the finger in there- oops!

^detail on the fabric

YAY for purses!!
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4  15 minute felt tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PinkBalletShoes on: May 28, 2005 04:06:51 PM
So I was bored this morning and decided it was time for a new tote- lucky for me, I found a bunch of felt laying around that I could use, and decided to put that to work- and it did!

^Here's the bag

^Here's a close up of the applique. It's simple, but I like it better than if I had stitched on something more extravagant

Thought I'd share-  Grin

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5  Tutorial for messenger bag? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by PinkBalletShoes on: April 04, 2005 05:35:35 PM
messenger bag? Here's a basic pic of what I want and I've tried making up basic sketches, but I'd feel more comfortable with someone else's tute as at least a guideline. Thanks!!!

-M  Grin

Basic picture of what I want to make^^

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6  My Retro-Chic Duct Tape Tote- Critiques, please! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by PinkBalletShoes on: April 03, 2005 06:48:40 PM
Hi guys! So, now that I have discovered the beauty of duct tape purses, I CANNOT stop making them. Here's my newest. Keep in mind I'm still a rookie though, so it's not totally ductabulous, but any critiques or comments are GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!


Here's the front

And the purse on an angle

And lastly, the back with a cutie little star  Tongue

Again, thanks!
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7  TUTORIAL: Duct Tape Evening Bag Clutch [!!!] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by PinkBalletShoes on: April 02, 2005 07:04:31 PM
Hi all! So today, I was in a crafty mood today and made a duct tape "clutch" and it was so easy and I was so successful that i thought I'd post it here so that others can share my success  Grin. This will also be my 1st tutorial, so let me know if it's unclear or if you want me to re-explain things. Any critiques are appreciated as well!

"Fun Foam" -> you know, those foamish sheets that come in all those cool colors and patterns
A bunch of duct tape
SOme other colored duct tape or electrical tape (optional)
velcro (Optional)

I first cut out my purse shape out of cardboard and made a double for the other side

Then, I began to cover the cardboard with duct tape.

When I came to a curve in the cardboard (If you're making a boxy shape purse, you won't have to worry about this part) I cut the excess tape into strips like so

Then I folded them over onto the cardboard so that it wouldn't get all rumply and ickie (see below Tongue)

I then finished covering both of the cardboard pieces I had as my "base" (duh  Grin)

Then to move onto the bottom part of the purse- this was the part I thought was going to be the most tricky, but it was actually quite easy. Okay, but it might take some cautious explaining! I took the two pieces of cardboard that I have covered, and put them together as if they were already connected. I then curved the foam around them to make a <O> ish shape. I then traced the foam so that I could cut it out easily. (Sorry I botched that desciprtion. But the pic should explain it!)

So this is what it should look like!

Then I made the flap that will fold over the purse. I roughly traced it out on more foamy sheets, and then I cut it out and covered it with duct tape in the same fashion I did with the original cardboard pieces.
Next, I put that aside and connected the bottom piece to the cardboard bases. I used the same snippy techinique to round off the edges as I did for the bases.

Now for attaching the flap. I just taped it the the back base piece.

After that, I attached velcro to the flap and the front base piece so that it closes and stays closed. (I didn't take a pic for that)
Oh, and to make it open better, I cut a slit down either one of the sides so that it now looks like this (V) when it opens on either side. Otherwise I had a cool purse with no way to get inside of it. And having the foam bottom make it easier to bend open.

To make it pretty, I used black electrical tape to uh.. embellish.

TA DAA!! Now I can go out on the town and have the coolest purse ever! (Plus, it matched my Prom dress!!!)
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