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« on: April 23, 2006 01:58:03 AM »

***update May 13, 2006  tutorial for placemat purses added here

I am not sure if this should go in recon or general, but these purses started life as placemats so I'm putting them in here.

1. Yellow purse materials:
 yellow embroidered placemat from Cost Plus World Market $1.24
Lining is a red napkin from World Market (50 cents)
2 zippers
nylon webbing handles
plastic canvas to stiffen the bottom
placemat before

purse after

back, with outside zipper pocket

inside with zipper pocket

2. gold purse materials
gold embroidered placemat from World Market $1.50
lining is a curry colored napkin 60 cents from World Market
2 zippers
nylon webbing handles
plastic canvas to stiffen the bottom
placemat before

purse after

purse, back with outside zipper pocket
The outside zipper pocket is a little crooked, but this side goes against my body

inside with zipper pocket

3. leaf purse materials
leaf design placemat from Target, lost the receipt but I think 2.99 or 3.99
lining- from my stash (free)
1 zipper
nylon webbing handles
plastic canvas to stiffen the bottom
placemat before

purse after- I didn't put an outside pocket on this one because it was stiffer fabric and the design was on both sides and I didn't want to break it up

inside with zipper pocket

For these first 3 I also plan to add a top zipper because I hate bags that are open on the top, I always think someone's going to steal my wallet on the train or something. So eventually they will have zippers but they could be used without, for the non-paranoid. Wink

4. red purse materials
Round paper fiber placemat from Target $1.99
Flowery lining- from my stash (free)
2 zippers
nylon webbing handles
placemat before

purse after, the top zips closed

inside with zipper pocket

so this red one still needs something, I think. Some embellishment on the front like an embroidered yarn flower or beading or something. Two of the other ones already have flowers so I want to do something else, but I'm not sure what. Any ideas? Maybe just outline the curved part with dark green embroidery and then sew little black beads randomly like a slice of watermelon?

update May 15, 2006
I  decided not to do the watermelon thing. Instead I sewed a bunch of red faceted beads to this purse and used red glittery yarn  to sew them on (Paton's Brilliant).  So it's still all red but has some sparkle to it now.
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2006 02:16:25 AM »

those are all awesome!!!!!!!!! I like them all but as per your question... maybe the first one... its the brightest!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2006 08:57:54 AM »

wow those are awesome they look quick and eazy to make  i love the purple and green flower one it is so cool
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2006 12:42:25 PM »

None of them have purple...do you mean the brown and green leaf one? Maybe the pics came out badly, that is a chocolate brown in real life. They are pretty quick and easy, and would be even easier if you were not obsessed with zipper pockets like I am. Cheesy
Actually I need to find a cheaper source for zippers because the zippers I used were full price talons in the little cardboard packages and they ended up being the biggest chunk of the materials budget. Especially after I add top zippers to the first 3. I know a place where they have a big barrel of loose zippers at like 4 for $1.00 or something, that's what I should have used! (but that place is far away)

« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2006 03:51:38 PM »

those are great.. I like the palm leaf one most..
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2006 06:53:47 PM »

I like them all too! The watermellon idea is great! Smiley d

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2006 10:22:32 AM »

Wow your'e so good at this!  Shocked

« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2006 04:04:46 PM »

Those are extra, extra cute!  My only concern would be that they have no closures, so the bags' contents are not as secure as they could be.  I'm always concerned about having things stolen or falling out of my bag!

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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2006 04:36:47 PM »

I worship those. I like the leaf one best. How do you make them?

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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2006 04:45:06 PM »

I LOVE those.  I am always going down the placemat isle at Target and I kept trying to figure out what I could do with some of those placemats, they are really cute.  Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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