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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Leather Tote on: March 20, 2007 09:56:21 PM
I made this out of green upholstery leather.  I reverse appliqued a little poppy on each side.  The lining is ticking and has an inside pocket.

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sacred Heart Purse on: March 18, 2007 06:37:46 PM
I finished this today.  It's made from two Sacred Heart panels that I quilted before I put it together.  It's lined with ticking, with an inside pocket.  I put pink welt on it, and the sides are made from lime green faux suede.

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Red Sample Quilt on: March 11, 2007 10:02:17 AM
I made this using 15" discontinued upholstery samples.  It's about 110"x110".  It's all machine pieced and quilted.

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Suede Purse on: January 30, 2007 12:23:07 PM
I finished this today.  It's suede, lined with cotton.  I used a dowel rod in the top to make it extra stable.  I love it.

15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Old Slut On Junk on: October 07, 2006 10:48:49 AM
I named this after a line in a Pogues song.  I made it with purple sparkly Naugahyde, and flesh-colored Naugahyde that I stitched with black thread to look like fishnet.  This one made me pretty happy to make, cause I think it's so funny.

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black, red, & yellow wallet on: September 23, 2006 08:42:28 PM
I really love how this one turned out.  I think it has everything a wallet needs.  There's  a bill pocket, and four clear card slots, bound in coordinating stripe.  ID window, also in clear vinyl, and pockets behind both sections.  There's a little zippered coin pocket too.  It's Alexander Henry fabric.

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: Ginormous Boxy Purse on: September 18, 2006 10:39:20 PM
This is way huge, I know.
I've had more than a few people ask me how I've made bags like this one.  I made this to explain it.  I think a project like this one can be incredibly frustrating without some guidance the first time.  
I do sell these, and other bags like them.  Some people may think I'm insane, showing this to everyone.  But I don't own this information.  Anyone can make a box type purse, either on your own or with a pattern, so this is hardly groundbreaking.    As a matter of fact, these instructions could also be applied to making cushions.  It's the same concept.  

1.  Sew welt to the sides, and notch where you want the zipper to end.


2.  Measure between notches to get the measurements for the zipper panel and the boxing strip that goes around the sides and bottom of the bag.


3 & 4.  Cut a boxing strip.  Here it is 4" wide.  Cut two zipper panels, these are 2.5" wide by 21".  These measurements will give you a bag that ends up being 3" deep.  Cut all lining pieces the same as bag pieces (not pictured).  Cut or buy a zipper as long as the zipper panel (21" here).



5.  Sandwich zipper between lining and fabric, teeth side toward the outside fabric. You want right sides together. Sew.


6.  Turn and topstitch.


7.  Repeat on other side.  It should look like this:


8.  Sew zipper panel to boxing strip, so it is one continuous piece.


9.  Notch centers on all pieces.


10.  Sew boxing strip to purse, clipping corners on the boxing strip.  Make sure you match all center notches up.


11 & 12.   Follow corners to other side of the boxing strip and notch them.  Sew the other side to the boxing strip, matching all center and corner notches.


13.  For lining, sew all pieces (minus the zipper parts)  together.  Turn down the top edge of the bag.


14.  Put the bag into the lining, wrong side out.  Sew the top edge.


15.  Turn the lining to the inside, using opening left on the side.  Hand sew these side openings closed.


Here it is finished:


18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gin Soaked Bar Room Queen on: September 15, 2006 07:00:54 PM
I effing love this bag!!

Flesh and red Naugahyde, stitched to look like fishnet.  It's huge-- 16"x12"x4'.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fancy Man Purse on: September 13, 2006 07:06:34 PM
I made this for my husband to take to work.  It's intended to function much like a briefcase would.  He specified the design and features.  It's made from sparkly Naugahyde and measures about 12"x14.5".

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rockin' the Union Jack on: August 18, 2006 06:13:28 PM
Sparkly Naugahyde, 10"x13"x3".  I love this purse.   It has black lining and a zippered inside pocket. 

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