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« on: May 25, 2008 09:11:24 PM »

Sweaters' purse-arific afterlife

A bunch of sweaters (from the fill-a-bag-for$5 phase of a church rummage sale)
+ multiple runs through the washer
+ iron-on interfacing to stiffen felt
+ acrylic yarn to sew it all together
+ a sewn-in lining and velcro closure
= hopefully cute purse!

As it's for a cousin in grade school, it's literally cute, or at least tricked up with pink yarn. What do you think? This is my first purse, so maybe my stitching will be more precise when I do the purses for the other cousins (but probably not, because the felt is kinda thick).

For the next purses, I'm thinking of using double-sided interfacing to just bond the lining directly to the outer layer (instead of stitching it on separately). Or would this be too lazy? What if my other cousins develop an intense need to carry sand or ball bearings in their purses?

Dammit, Jim, I'm a crafter, not a photographer!
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008 11:05:19 AM »

very nice for a first. love the flower

using double sided interfacing doesn't mean your lazy, it just helps because you don't have to sew anything on (the interfacing). I use double sided interfacing for all my purses, it saves time and thread. The only ting about fusible interfacing is once it's on, it stays on. (Unless put on incorrectly)

If your cousins want to carry "sandbags" in their purses, made a bigger purse, sewing with a sewing machine and make sure to double or triple stitch (going over the same stich a few times) but also use interfacing. it'll make the bag stonger and give it shape.

hope that helps
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