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11  i tried free-stitching on the machine for this purse... (picture heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by prairietransplant on: January 26, 2005 12:41:28 PM
...and ripped my finger with the needle.  truly gross!  Tongue but somehow i managed not to get blood on the purse.  this was originally a simple jordy (my first in a bigger size) made out of microfibre upholstery scraps.  my boyfriend thought it looked too floppy (sadly, he was right), so i decided to stiffen the purse up by sewing scrap bits on the outside.  someone in crafster (can't find the link) gave me the idea to stitch all over it.  to do this you stitch continuously however you want, as long as you didn't cross over any of your stitching lines.  i thought this sounded like fun.  next time i do this, though, i'm going to use one of those hoops that holds your fabric in place for machine embroidery...

here's another little purse i made with more microfibre scraps.  it seems to be stiff enough in a smaller purse.

both of these went to my sis for xmas.
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12  darn sweater shrunk...into a purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by prairietransplant on: January 26, 2005 12:24:46 PM
inspired by all the other felters, i took a sweater i'd shrunk and "felted" it properly.  it was so easy to work with!  i made this little clutch purse for a friend of mine.  the flap on the clutch is made of the old collar from the sweater.

the lining is this fabric i've been saving for something soft and pretty:

and a little flower to jazz it up.

has anyone else tried felting old sweaters to make purses?  i've tried it with big sweaters (from value village), and it does a number on my washing machine...
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13  Gamblin' Grandma Clutch and Golf Purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by prairietransplant on: January 17, 2005 04:21:20 PM
okay, so i might be getting carried away with posting now that i finally got around to getting a photobucket account!  but i've been dying to post since i see other people's cool purses every day.  these are some things i made for xmas gifts.

i made my fiance's grandma a clutch and some organizer bags out of gambling fabric, since she loves going to vegas.

it has a red velvet lining.

the picture's not very good of the drawstring bags i made to go with the clutch.

my mom started golfing a while ago, so i made her this jordy-bottom tote with green golf-pattern lining and some antique buttons i got at the thrift store.

i was afraid to ask her at xmas if she's still into golf!

out of the rest of the lining fabric, i made some shoe bags, a kleenex holder, and this little "wristlet" (Simplicity 5184).

the piping was a bit of a pain...but would be easier with bought piping i think. 
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14  Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by prairietransplant on: January 17, 2005 04:09:36 PM
long-time lurker here.  i spent the months before xmas trying to stop making purses, and finally gave up.  every woman on my xmas list got purses this year--i had to take digital photos and label them so i don't forget what i've given everyone!  i'm going to try posting some of the purses i made.

This one I made out of a $1 skirt I bought at Dots.

and the back...

I hope this works!
Thanks, Jordy and everyone, for the inspiration.
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