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Topic: Calamity Jane Western Purse- recycled from ugly leather skirts  (Read 4082 times)
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rangerbeth
« on: November 03, 2008 07:22:37 AM »

Again with my western kick, I've gone into cowgirl handbags now. I made this pattern up as I went, so there are some .... irregularities. But for the most part it turned out like I envisioned. I wish it was a little stiffer, but my poor machine was having a hard enough time with the leather, a layer of interfacing would have killed it I believe.





The main panel of the bag is a chocolaty brown sueded leather. Two little inverse appliqued stars are on the front in a vintage looking yellow and white floral. The closure is made from a contrasting camel leather in the shape of a large arrow (kinda hard to turn this). It is clasped to the body with a metal magnetic clasp.
The inside is lined in a sweet red apple fabric. I sort of want a dress made of this.  The front side has a full pocket with three compartments, large enough to hold change, an ipod, or a cell phone. The pocket is a contrasting green and yellow sunflower with red bias finish. The bias was found in a goodwill bag and is TINY. I really like the wide bias tape better.
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threegirlsandaboy
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008 09:33:28 AM »

Very cute!  I love the reverse applique' stars! 
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ms.cate
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008 04:30:45 PM »

clever!
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008 01:48:10 PM »

I heart this bag!
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2008 08:04:26 AM »

I LOVE this bag!  I make purses from reclaimed fabrics (thrift store clothing) and was thinking about trying leather... I didn't even think about how hard it would be on my crummy machine.  It's a little intimidating to me, anyway...  and you totally rocked it!  Nice.  Love the interior and reverse applique fabrics, too!
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rangerbeth
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2008 03:15:04 PM »

Thanks guys! Yay for the three R's.
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