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Handmade Beaded Zipper Pull

Created in this Craftsy Course

Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Style Casual, Funky, Whimsical, Hipster
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What materials did you use? Soft Brown Upholstery Fabric Exterior accented with Colorful Cotton Prints, Stupendous Stitches from Carol Ann Waugh's Class, Couched Rat Tail in Light Blue and Black to form Medallions, Handmade Polymer Beads for London Tan Zipper Pull. Turquoise and Bold Cotton Prints for padded interior, featuring a padded removable pocket to hold ipad or Kindle type device. Padding is upcycled baby crib bumper pads from Goodwill (deconstructed and washed).

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What are you most proud of? I'm still using up the bowl full of polymer beads I made this winter. I purchased some goldish green glittery nail polish and had my way with some of the beads. Look at them closely, you'll see flurishes and dots of nail polish here and there. The glittery nail polish only gives me more ideas what else I can do to create surface design on my purses and totes. I coiled rat tail cord round and round, taking a couple of stitches to start, then continuing to coil and make light blue and black medallions using zig-zag stitch. The colorful strata of printed cottons backed with stitch witchery fabric glue sheets are heat set to the plain brown upholstery fabric. CAUTION: Always use a pressing cloth or you'll melt your upholstery fabric when heat setting the cotton prints. Ask me how I know . . . . uh, a couple of oops on my part. Padding: I use recycled padding from baby crib bumpers. Its a deep padding and is easily peeled horizontally to split into two pads. Oh my gosh I've made 8 totes from one baby crib bumper!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Get some of that glittery nail polish--add dots and flurishes to beaded pulls, or cotton fabric. I'm going to be experimenting more with it. Won't you give it a try?

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Hi Christine. Thanks for making my day. Always great to hear from you.

02/16/2013 Flag

I'm doing some traveling next month and have a small courier bag cut out on my work table, now I have wonderful ideas how to embellish it. Your bag is luscious.

04/07/2013 Flag

This is very nicegood work!

11/18/2013 Flag

Wow, don't know what happened to my previous input. What I meant to say was that this is very nice! All of your projects are always top notchgood work!!!

11/18/2013 Flag

Also, what pattern did you use? Or did you make it up yourself?

11/18/2013 Flag