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« on: September 09, 2018 01:04:51 PM »


Pinterest has plenty of lovely pictures of "shopping bag" purses that are made of old needlepoint pictures.  I can see that some people have made them and sold them online, but I can't find anything like instructions for how to turn a needlepoint into a large purse.   (it would be easy to fold one and make a clutch, but that's not what I want).

I can sew, I have a bit of experience with different kinds of fabrics.  I have sewn many reusable "shopping bags" from upholstery fabric and linen.  I have done needlepoint and crewel projects myself.  But I don't have the answers that I need.   I don't want to end up with a bag that has lumpy or weak corners where the needlepoint meets the bottom-of-the-bag fabric.  

I apologize in advance if there is a thread on this topic.  I looked but couldn't find one.

Here's a french language blog post that shows the way I'd like to make mine.  (http://unetunfontquatre.canalblog.com/archives/2014/05/10/29838115.html)   But I see that some people just make a bag and sort of applique the needlepoint piece to the bag. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018 09:23:43 AM »

I wonder if you can do it like you would a pillow, only don't sew all the sides? Does that make sense? Maybe reinforce the needlepoint onto other fabric by stitching it onto the fabric then making the purse.

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2018 10:34:19 AM »

I'm trying to imagine but I need a photo reference, google just brings up everything, lol. Got a link to check out?

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2018 10:31:27 PM »

Here's how I would do it (no pix or links, just 'splaining)
Start with a pattern for the purse. 
Figure out where you want the needlework. 
Cut all the other pieces from your "fashion fabric". 
Optional:  back the needlework with a sturdy fabric. Fusible web or interfacing will help prevent damage due to snagging.
Compare the piece or pieces where you want the needlework to the needlework.  If it's too small, edge it with fashion fabric.  If too big, decide what you want to cut off.
Cut the needlework and assemble the purse.

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