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« on: November 01, 2004 08:14:47 AM »

These are the first items I've posted on Craftster.

This is a purse/tote made from Ed Hopper art postcards:

Here's one from Starbucks brouchures:

& a couple of shots of an album purse I made:


& a Route 66 Postcard Purse:



spray adhesive
paper designs for the showy side of your purse
clear vinyl
clear contact paper
clear nylon thread
grommets & a grommet tool
rubber aquarium tubing


1. Take a peice of posterboard & iron heavy interfacing on to it--this will act as the base for your purse.

2. The purse is made of five sections: the front & back, the bottom & the two sides. Think of it as a box, the front and back have to be the same size, the sides will be the same height as the height of the front & back. The bottom will be the same width as the front & back and the same length as the two sides. Okay, for conversation's sake the front and back are 3  x 5, the sides are 3 x 2 and the bottom is 5 x 2. (Which is going to make you a teenie little purse.)

3. Take the paper sections and using spray adhesive, attach it to the interfacing side of the posterboard in a cross shape (the bottom is in the middle flanked by the two sides with the front above it and the back below). Cut away all of the excess posterboard so that you only have the cross part. (Note if your bag won't fit on the posterboard, put the front, back & bottom together & cut the two sides out separately. You can attach the sides with clear packing tape after you've cut it out.)

4. Lay the cross down on the clear vinyl, pretty side down so that you're looking at the posterboard side. Take clear contact paper and seal the posterboard part to the vinyl part with the sticky stuff on the contact paper (sticky back plastic for our Eurocraftsters).

5. Cut away the excess clear vinyl leaving a 1" border all the way around the edges of the cross.

6. Take your clear packing tape & fold the vinyl edge over what will be the four top edges of the purse & tape it to the posterboard side. (The posterboard side will be the inside of your purse.)

7. Take a hole punch or a grommet tool and punch four holes to run the handles through. Insert the grommets & hammer them flat.

8. Take your purse to the sewing machine and stitch the sides to the front & back. You now have a box! You will have to do a little origami to get the thing smushed down so it will go under the pressure foot. I use a big long plastic ski looking foot to work with vinyl. My best tips are to use clear nylon quilting thread & a new sharp needle. I use a pretty wide zig zag stitch & it holds very well. Cut off the excess plastic after you've stitched the sides together.

9. Take rubber aquarium tubing and cut it into two equal sized peices to use for handles. Thread the handles through the grommets & knot the ends. You can leave the knots on the outside of the bag or on the inside, it's a personal preference thing. You can also run thin ribbon, string or bead chain through the tubing before you knot it to add interest & color to your handles.

10. Carry your purse with pride  Grin  

I'm sorry I don't have pics posted but I have fits trying to get the picture situation to work.  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2004 08:47:26 AM »

hi those are really cool... how did u make them?

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2004 10:58:02 AM »

Your bags are great!  I especially like the postcard bags.  I have a huge postcard collection and I would love to make some bags with them.  Could you explain how you made them?  I'd love to see a more close-up picture too Grin  Thanks and again, great job!

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2004 11:06:23 AM »

I especially love the last oe -- the Route 66.  How Cool !!! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2004 01:54:01 PM »

i especially like the idea of starbucks brochures...i have never been to starbucks  Embarrassed

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2004 02:21:30 PM »

Thanks ya'll.  Grin The whole idea started many moons ago when I was making purses out of road maps & funny papers covered in clear contact. The problem was that the purses didn't hold their shape very well & being an attention defecit crafter, moved on to the next thing. This time around I've reinforced the paper with cardstock & heavy interfacing, as well as contact paper & clear vinyl. They've been so much fun to make & I have taken orders for purses made from beer carriers, nursery rhyme books, playing cards...you name it.

I'm going to work out a tute when I have time to take all the pics & such. Thanks for the kind feedback!

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2004 07:05:45 PM »

a tutorial asap please!
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2004 06:45:05 PM »

i saw a book once on sale of Jewish crafts, but i looked at them (eventhough i am not jewish) and there was a bag tute similar to your bags, they suggested using jewish sheet music for songs and covering them with contact and using clear tubing from the hardware store for the handles and to tie up the sides. I tried it with some random things i printed off my computer, song lyrics, etc. it turned out ok, but definately kind of loopy. Very simple to make, use the 8x11 sheets for the front and back and then cut one in half for the sides. The tubing cost like a dollar at Home Depot.
sorry i dont have a pic. Sad

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2004 06:49:17 PM »

Very nice bags!  I'm looking forward to the tutorial.

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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2005 03:25:22 AM »

Oh WOW I REALLY want one! 

Yes Pleasseeeeee do a Tut ~ Is it ready yet  Huh LOL.

Oh I HAVE to have one of those!!!!!!

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