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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Woven Tote or handbag/purse directions? on: August 01, 2007 04:43:51 PM
I'm a new green girl, or trying to be.  I am hording magazines and other stuff to rework into other products.  I have a knack for seeing that materials could be put to another use, but at times lack a direction.  I'm not good at patterns and direction, so often have to craft my own idea on how to do something. 

I'm flummoxed though about making a woven bag in not knowing how to make a nice edge.  I've looked for patterns and can't seem to find any that are not basket like. 

Does anyone have a tutorial or something?  I'm sure I am not phrasing it right in my searches, but what I want to find is how to make a basic tote and can figure out the purse parts later. 

Also if anyone has any ideas about paper bracelets.  I recently have my workplace saving cardboard tape rolls when they are done.  I made a few nice looking decoupage style, but would like to know any other ideas you crafty people might have stumbled upon.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Not completed Paper Jardinierre purse on: July 29, 2007 04:39:46 PM
Made from paper from Germany, I crafted this clutch style purse today.  I was thinking of using raffia for handles.  Or should I go for a more feminine approach.  Also need ideas on closure.  I am thinking this would be nice for a special occasion, like a garden wedding? 


3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Art of Florence on: July 27, 2007 04:00:48 PM
Not that creative, but very inspirational.  I took an old Pimpernell cork backed place mat and cut out images from an old travel book printed in Italy about Florence.  It's pretty neat, except on the left side I have to soften a few images .  Don't know what I'll do with it, but had fun making it.  

I don't know how to post a picture:

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / NCAA Bags on: April 27, 2006 05:34:19 PM
College bag - that I did using old jeans, etc., wondering a few things.  I want to use some painted beads for the handles and have the handles to add- but don't know where a good supply is rather than have to buy hundreds.  I only want blue and gold/yellow.  I have shown here wooden handles, not a problem.  But I wanted to write on the beads with a sharpie too.  Does anyone have experience with painting wooden beads, should I spray paint them while on a dowel, would that work?  Thanks if anyone has any suggestions. 
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Mod Podge Fabric Recon Purse on: March 28, 2006 06:30:59 PM
Hi - I love taking things apart and remaking them.  This is a Boston Proper skirt and a couple different parts of old bags/purses with some super neat handles.  Anyway, the trim is not attached and the liner is not sewn in yet, but I wanted to see if there were any suggestions as to the trim on the top of the bag.  I love the texture and the semi gloss, like duck cloth feel to this bag.  Any suggestions?  I would so appreciate it.  Thank you!!
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