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Topic: Purse neophyte - some questions for you experts  (Read 763 times)
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« on: November 28, 2005 02:54:42 PM »

I normally hang out on the knitting boards here, but I'm making a felted purse as part of a Christmas swap.  Since it's for someone else, I'd like it to look really finished and professional, so I thought I'd ask the advice of some more experienced, uh, bagsters.  To wit:

--how do I attach purse feet?  Do I put them in before the lining?  Do I need to make the hole beforehand?

--how can I source or make some nice buckled leather straps?  I want them to be more or less like these: http://www.tallpoppycraft.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=136.  How do I sew them in?  Should they be inserted between the lining and the felt?

--I think I can muddle out making a lining, but does anyone have a good tutorial they can point me towards?

--what on earth is buckram?  Where can I get it, or what can I sub for it?

Any help you can give is GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks in advance!!

There will also be cocktail sauce.  -- Smoove B

See Eunny Knit!
Alice Blue
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005 03:18:46 PM »

In a recent post on this board, this website was mentioned and it has instructions on putting in purse feet: http://www.u-handbag.com/index.php?main_page=news_manager&pages_id=2

For leather straps, I'd recommend a trip to your local thrift store to scout for a purse/bag/ect you could take apart for its straps.

Buckram is a stiff fabric which, I think, is usually used for covering books.  I'm not sure if fabric stores usually carry it or not.  If it's being used to add structure to the purse you're making you could use interfacing which you can find at any fabric store.  If it's the actual fabric of the bag, you could probably substitute another stiff fabric.

There are a number of great tutorials posted here which will show you how to put in a lining.

Hope that helps!
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