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Purple Button Purse w/ Faux Placket

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8 x 9 finished tote

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Traditional, Classic, Casual, Cute
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What materials did you use? Black Chevron Pattern Upholstery Fabric exterior, Purple and Gold Printed Cotton Interior, Coarse Weave Purple Upholstery Fabric for Covered Buttons and Carrying Strap, Green/Purple Handmade Polymer Clay Beads to decorate faux placket/tab closure with velcro dots, and secondary magnetic snap. Purple cord trim for couching detail.

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What are you most proud of? MISTAKES: I made a mis-step, placing the magnetic snap too high on the flap front. The problem was the front flap would not hug the body of the purse. What a blessing--that mistake led to adding a faux placket tab closure with a dot of velcro (hook and loop tape) and now the front purse flap hugs the body of the purse when closed. Adding a faux placket gave me an opportunity to decorate with colorful fabric covered buttons, and decorative polymer beads. So there. Mistakes are always welcomed--and most of the time leads to better results. Couched purple cord inside and outside of the purse paired well with purple coarse weave carrying strap. Overall, I'm pleased with the results.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I'm in the habit now of padding all my bags and purses. Padding gives the purse/tote better shape, and protects valuable electronic devices on board. The layer of padding makes seams more durable, and won't come apart. Sometimes I upcycle baby crib bumper pads from Goodwill, (washed, deconstructed) for FIRM padding in Kindle and ipad sized totes. Other times I like to use polar fleece for padding--it is not as firm, but adds a lot of body. My favorite padded linings are printed cotton fabrics backed with a layer of polar fleece and I free motion quilt the two together. Wonderful results. Give it a try!

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I love this bag. Love buttons.

03/08/2013 Flag

Dear Shoestring: I am loving all the bags you have posted. They must sell as soon as you post them because I cannot find any on the Etsy site! Are you thinking of selling patterns for any of your bags? Or posting instructions? I just love what you are doing with all the interior pockets and some of the hidden pockets - just up my daughter's alley. Do you have a blog? And if so, where can I find it, please?

03/08/2013 Flag

Dear arthritic mama. I didn't have much luck with traffic on Etsy last fall, so I have't been showing my work there for a while. However, locally I sell my bags and they are selling like crazy. I do have a blog--where I have some tutorials on covering lampshades, making bags, installing piping on pillows, etc., but mostly my website/blog contains 500+ photos and notes about a five year journey restoring our 1893 victorian farmhouse. Just google 1893 victorian farmhouse and you will find me. I am also a portrait and still life artist for a beezillion years, and enjoy handpainting furniture. Currently I am working on another website/blog about my handbags and totes--where I will post photos and steps how I create them. http://millstreetstudio.blogspot.com/ If you and your daughter want to come visit me and teach me about prettying up my handbag website, and how to use PDF Pro 10 software I bought (to create patterns)--I will gladly trade to give you lessons, room, board, and my techniques for making polymer clay beads, hidden purse pockets, in my 800 sq. ft. studio. You see, I'm an old dog--and I've been sewing for 50 plus years. I know lots about sewing, and nearly nothing about computers, software--which is a struggle for me. I just need someone to teach me how to do the computer stuff.

03/08/2013 Flag

Oh, Shoestring, I would love to take you up on your offer!! I, too, am an "old dog", and just retired in December of 2012. My daughter is the computer expert and setter-up of all things computer. She probably knows all about PDF Pro 10, or some earlier version of it. She would also love to learn how to make polymer clay beads, and it is on her list of things to do. We both love Victorian houses, too. However, we live out here in the wild, wild west in CA, and at my age, with my health problems, I do not travel well. However, I might be able to talk my daughter into it at a future date. She is currently finishing her engineering classes and is about to finish up her night job putting the local paper to bed at night [She also worked at the Denver Post prior to it's demise, so she does do the computer publishing stuff!]. Anyway, I checked out your house blog - Wow! - you guys are really putting a beautiful house back on it's feet. I am impressed. I will forward this stuff to my daughter, so she can read it between school and finishing up her night job. She is a traveler, so you never know!!! Thanks for sending me to your blogs, and I will keep following you to see how things are coming along.

03/13/2013 Flag

Dear arthritic mama. I would love to meet your daugther. Sorry to hear you can't make it. Nonetheless, let's keep in touch. Lucky woman you are to have a daughter! I'm jealous. I may keep her, you know. Ha. Ha.

03/13/2013 Flag