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« on: September 16, 2009 06:33:39 PM »

I found two napkins and this very interesting potholder/trivet thing at the thrift store a few weeks ago and immediately this little clutch popped into my head. So after a few weeks of thinking about it, I finally sat down and assembled it.

It is fully lined with some fabric from a thrift store pillowcase. The buttonholes are hand embroidered because I had one of those moments when you think you've had the best idea ever and only after executing it do you realize that you are a complete idiot. (I thought I could do the buttonholes all at once by just doing a buttonhole on my machine through both sides of the bag, but it resulted in the bag being sewn shut. Duh.) After ripping out the buttonhole I then hand satin stitched around the raw edges, and it actually looks very nice, especially with the fabric the napkins were made of.

It also has a structured bottom, and is just the right size to fit just a wallet and keys in. I think it turned out great. But here's the thing: This is one of those projects where I can't see it for what it is, because its been living in my head for so long as something I thought would be cute. But is it really cute?

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009 06:48:56 PM »

Ohh i love this! It's got a retro feel to it, me thinks Smiley love the yellow.
It's definately cute, good work!
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009 07:04:47 PM »

that is definitely a cute clutch. the napkin has such a pretty print

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009 07:11:47 PM »

That trivet thing is totally awesome. As a crocheter, I'd love to reverse engineer it, but it looks so much harder then it probably is.

And great color choice. Mustard yellow has always been a fave of mine. Smiley

« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009 04:23:33 PM »

What a wonderful bag!  The idea of using the crocheted piece like a flower embellishment was brilliant.  I love the combo of the pillowcase and the napkin, too.  This is totally up my alley.  Your vision definitely worked.   Grin

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009 03:54:34 AM »

OH how inspiring - I love it.  SO cute

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009 06:36:14 AM »

Must. Learn. To. Crochet. That. *googles like a madwoman for vintage patterns* D:

I love the purse in total! The colors are great and those patterns are to die for! And the fact that you chose a simple construction that didn't take away from that what a good move. ^_^

« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2009 05:41:51 PM »

I just got threw making a couple of those pot thingies....LOL.

These are made with 2 different size of thread (yarn).

They are not hard to make......I will try to get a tutorial together this weekend and post next week.

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2009 06:00:46 PM »

Oh awesome! They didn't seem to complicated for a stunning result!

« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2009 05:41:34 PM »

Here is the tutorial for it I hope you can understand it:

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