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« on: January 20, 2010 09:12:29 PM »

I had so much fun making this purse!  Let me start with it's been forever and a day since I've sewn anything and my first attempt after taking a vacation of a couple years went wobbly.  This project however went very well.  I searched for ideas on what kind of purse to make but just couldn't find anything that sparked my interest.  So onto paper I went to sketch out an idea, draw a pattern and just do it.  The fabric I used I got years ago from Walmart I think.  It's a soft cotton but looks like micro suede with criss cross stitches on it.  I stitched over those to hold some thick felt to give it sturdiness.  Then the lining I think I got from the Goodwill.  There is two pockets inside and I used my new labels I bought from someone on Etsy.  The handles have roping inside that I got from a friend of mine at work, she was going to use it for necklaces but they ended up looking to gawdy and I acquired them.  They work very well with handles like this.  I just cut fabric to length, folded it over a couple times and placed the roping in the middle.  I then sewed up the edge...then sewed it onto the outer fabric.  Now I shopped around numerous tutorials for a zip top on a purse and couldn't find one that wasn't too long to figured out, didn't require me to disassemble the zipper or just didn't make sense.  So I tried my own ideas on a few small pouches...all of which didn't work.  Then I dreamed of a way (crazy, I know), and just did it tonight.  Luckily it worked!!

Height - 9 inches
Width - 15 inches
Length - 15 inches
Depth - 3 1/2 inches


« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010 04:16:28 AM »

Lovely bag!  I really like the look, and it feels comfy and spacious Smiley

And... did you know that the guy who invented the sewing machine needle system had the same problem?  He found the solution in a dream and thanks to it he though of putting the hole at the end of the needle to hold the thread.  Dreams can be very useful ^^

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010 03:05:48 PM »

What a darling purse! It is beautiful and very well done. The zip top looks very professional too. I have been looking for a tutorial on making a zippered top online too. I found one I'm going to try out with some modifications. like you, I don't want to pull a zipper apart.

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010 09:06:36 PM »

Very nice !! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010 07:43:32 AM »

I'll be making another one for a friend of mine so I'll be sure to take pics as I go along and share the tutorial with everyone here.  Smiley

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