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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Addicts Sing - and now they're a record sleeve purse on: July 16, 2007 10:41:18 PM
I can't believe they made this record (what you can't see is the illustration on the back - showing a line drawing of a guy with a needle in his arm - YUCK!)

Can I just say that Craftsters rock?  I just put my first handful of things out there for the Craftser world to see and already so many nice comments.  Wow - this makes me very happy Grin

The purse is constructed pretty much like the record sleeve purses on this web site.  None of my ideas are particularly unique - all are some version of something I saw on Craftster.  Only difference is that I tend to cut mine down in size - depending on the cover illustrations.

1.  Cut

2.  Cover with iron on vinyl

3.  Punch holes and lace up with "gimp" - that plastic cording stuff from camp

4.  Make lining by making a basic box shape the appx size of the inside of your pure.  Like a tote bag (with handles) - but with the print on the inside" and raw edges on the outside. 

5.  Sew the top hem and attach the handles simultaneously.  I made four loops out of the same fabric, put them through the loops at the ends of the handles and sewed them in place on the lining.  It's a little awkward, but it works.)

6.  Glue the lining into the bag with superstrong adhesive (E6000). make sure you get a good line of it around the top edge - the rest I usually don't worry about.  Clip with clothespins until dry.

6.  Remove clothespins and voila, enjoy your many compliments. 

They hold up remarkably well, as long as you don't overstuff them, crush them or get them wet - I've carried them on airplanes and on vacation and use one daily, and haven't worn one out yet.
62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / POTC Disneyland Souvenier menu purse on: July 16, 2007 10:33:56 PM
I lurked Craftster a long time before I felt like I'd learned enough to start posting my own stuff :-)

So, if this works, I'm going to post some of my purses - all Craftster inspired

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