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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Repurposed Placemat Purse! on: August 06, 2010 05:04:44 PM
I have been going through a major upcycling/ repurposing phase lately! I found these awesome placemats at Goodwill about a month ago, and haven't found a use for them..... until now! I made a purse out of 2 of them, and it was so awesome and fun, I thought I'd share for the contest. Since I made my first placemat purse, I have been obsessed and have been scouring the Goodwills in my county looking for cool placemats to convert. Here's my tutorial so you can make a funky new purse and give a new life to a sad, lonely placemat! Feel free to add embellishments, snaps or other fun things to suit your style Smiley

1. Gather Materials:

2 Placemats
Material for strap (you can purchase strappy material, but I just made my own- see optional strap instructions)


Trim 1 placemat down to the size you want your flap to be(equal to or less than 1/2 the full size placemat), and pin it to the full-size placemat, wrongsides facing out. Sew along edge. Should look like this after sewing:


Open up piece and lay with rightsides facing up. take the bottom edge of the full placemat up to the top of the full placemat and pin edges. Leave the flap out of this! Sew up sides, which will give you this:


Optional Strap Info

(Read pics as a book)

For a 1.5" thick strap, I used a 6" wide piece of material- you pick the length you want your strap to be Smiley
1. Fold material in half and iron so there is a crease at 3 inches.
2. Open, and take right & left sides in to the center, iron.
3. Fold one side on top of the other and iron, leaving you with 1.5"
4. Sew along one side, or both sides as I did, or do so decorative stitching, whatever floats your boat!
5. Take the ends and fold in 1", sew down. I did this so the exposed edge will be hidden once I sew the strap to the bag



Take your bag and turn it rightside out. Flatten it out at the seams so you can attach the strap. Position the strap centered over the seam on one side, about an inch from the top edge of bag. Sew down, in a wacky zig zag pattern how I did, or however you prefer. Make sure strap is securely sewn in, so weight won't rip your purse. Repeat this step on other side of bag. ** Make sure you don't twist the strap before sewing to other end, so it will be flat on your shoulder when carrying and not all crazy**

6. TA DA!!!!

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dylon Dye- not dyeing dark enough? on: May 06, 2010 09:37:33 PM
This is my first time dyeing, I have been trying to dye a dress navy with dylon fabric dye, and it is turning out a light blue. i have to use a cold process dye because I have batiked parts of the fabric. i have tried everything. i mixed the dye as directed on the packet, and the color was very light. so then i tried soaking it for an extra hour and rinsing it in a salt/vinegar mix that i read about online, and the color was still very light. so today, I bought another packet of dye, soaked the fabric in soda ash before dyeing (even though the dylon packet does not mention pre-soaking fabric in the fixant, i read it online somewhere), and then dyed for 2 hours. the dress is a little darker, but no where near navy or the denim blue on the packaging.... what do i have to do to get the fabric the color indicated on the packaging?! I'm going crazy, someone is paying me to make this dress and i have wasted a ton of money on this dye that doesn't seem to work! What am I doing wrong? Thanks for everyone's help!
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