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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Purse made from thrift store book (lots of pics) on: June 19, 2006 12:30:28 PM
Great idea!  Grin

I don't know if I have the guts to kill a pretty book, but if I can find a nice specimen I'll try to make a purse as good as this one.  It looks really nifty, with the clear canvas fabric to bind the cover and to make the handles.
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two Record Purses, lots & lots of pics! on: June 06, 2006 07:16:57 AM
Yes, two more vinyl record purses. I had to try them because  Bowlordie's tutorial 
( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37123.0 ) made it seem  *so* easy, and, sure, because they're simply gorgeous.

I followed the tips I found around here (such as  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77735.0 and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72843.0), such as using a hot cutter to pierce the record: I heated an old knife and a philips screwdriver (the one with the 'x' tip - which makes such cute details) over a fire and it worked wonderfully. It smells awful, but mysteriously it doesn't make any mess of melted vinyl. I also followed the tip of cutting the bottom of the record to make a purse that would stand on its own - it's structure holds together very well.

Well, let's cut the talk and start with the pics.

First, the Big One: I cut the bottom to make a flattened base, and also made an oblong hole to fit my fingers. I didn't separate the 'body' from the 'handle', as you can see:






Also, instead of using hot glue to join the fabric and the record, I punched holes all around the edge of the record using the screwdriver, and simply sewed them together (you can see it better on the Small Purse pics, though):


To fasten the purse, I sewed Velcro to two strips of fabric, and affixed them only to the fabric of the body. This way, I can place really big stuff into the purse, as it opens all the way:





Now, the Small One was a little harder to put together, since I had to sew all around it (through the
screwdriver holes, once again), but it followed almost the same pattern.






The differences are that I didn't cut the bottom and that I sewed two pieces of ribbon to make the
handle, instead of cutting holes (since the compact record is much smaller);


and that the fastening just *flips* open, creating a small opening instead of an all-the-way hole.


Well, that's it. I hope you liked it, since it's the first 'big project' I post around here. I would love to answer if you have any questions or suggestions (:
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sweater becomes sexy halter on: May 22, 2006 05:13:55 PM
gorgeous! and due to the material, it must be extra-comfy.
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage "Scrabble" box purse on: May 22, 2006 04:37:33 PM
I'm not the kind of girl that uses purses (I rather stuff things on my pockets), but I loved this one so much I could never never never leave the house without it.

 Cheesy
45  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Van Gogh Converse![updated] on: June 19, 2005 03:42:23 PM
i have no words for it. it's more than genial *and* gorgeous *and* cool. amazing idea & work Smiley
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: x Denim + Lace Skirt x on: May 15, 2005 07:04:12 AM
I't's a great project!
I'm not very fond of denim skirts, but I would certainly use yours because looks so... natural and pretty...

I saw your post this morning and I just *had* to do something like it. So here it is, my first skirt project. I made it a little longer and more urban-looking. I didn't use any lace, but I'm thinking about sewing a thick piece of  (dark blue) ribbon between the squares and the top part.

Here it goes:







47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old Gap Khakis + pink satin bow = not a shabby combination on: May 01, 2005 02:47:16 PM
The project is amazing, from the unfinished hems to the plaid and the wonderful bow. I'm eager to see more of your ideas  Roll Eyes
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: ribbons and violence on: March 19, 2005 08:33:39 PM
Lovely idea. I may be trying it on a plain black skirt soon, maybe leaving the ends of the ribbons flying off the hem Smiley
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