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Purple Tote with Coin Purse

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Funky, Hipster, Casual, Mod, Cute
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What materials did you use? Purple Coarse Weave Upholstery Fabric Exterior, Printed Purple Cotton Lining, Scraps of Colorful Cotton for Accents; Coin Purse made with cotton fabric scraps, velcro, hot pink zipper, handmade polymer beads for front faux placket, red and pink cording for couching accents, magnetic snaps, lobster claw key fob, and the kitchen sink.

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What are you most proud of? It is magic making buttons for my handbags and totes. Several weeks ago I bought a large amount of purple coarse weave upholstery fabric, and before I started cutting the fabric to make bags, I sat down and made 50 pieces or so of purple/green polymer clay beads and buttons. Look at the two buttons on the front placket, purple with green accent--I added a spiral design from a slice of transparent and white polymer clay. The transparent is rolled to a thin sheet, then roll a sheet in white. Laying one sheet on top of the other, roll them up like a jelly roll. With a thin blade I cut thin slices and patted them on the top of the purple green polymer clay. Afterwards I used a wood skewer to make buttons holes. The beads and buttons were baked in my oven 275 degrees F, for 30 minutes.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? COIN PURSE: Add a removable little purse inside your bag. It is a great way to use up scraps as your are cutting out your bag project. POCKETS: Think about dividing larger pockets into smaller sections. HANDMADE POLYMER CLAY BUTTONS: If you haven't tried your hand at making polymer clay beads and buttons--it is a great hobby to share with your kids or grandchildren. I highly recommend Donna Kato's books--showing step by step how to make beautiful polymer clay beads, buttons, and other projects. Have a great week sewing!

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Thanks 2strings for your note. I've got a lot of sewing ahead of me, and of course I look here to Craftsy to find inspiration. Your work always inspires me. Love your April showers rug mug you posted yesterday. There is a warmth and tenderness that always accompanies your sewing artwork. It makes me smile and appreciate you.

03/16/2013 Flag

Look forward to you posting your bags. Absolutely love them. Could you share where you get you bag hardware & your bead chain zipper pulls. GeorgyGirl

03/22/2013 Flag

Hi Georgy Girl. Thanks for your kind note. Answering your questions, I make all my own polymer clay beads and string them on cords, or embroidery floss. But, sometimes I need something very simple like this red and silver bead chain zipper pull I put on the coin purse in the photo--I bought it at the Dollar Store. They are actually eyeglass chains. The Dollar Store I go to has really fancy ones. And your second question: If you are looking for the wristlet connectors--go to Etsy, use search button and type: 1" key fob hardware. You will find many shops who are selling these wristlet connectors and o-ring sets. They are inexpensive and easy to use. The 1" connector has an open jaw--and you put the 1 inch strap between the jaw teeth, and close it using a hammer. I put a towel underneath the connector, and another towel over the connector before I hammer it shut--it protects the metal finish. Good luck. P.S. I have three neat bags I just completed and will post them on Sunday.

03/23/2013 Flag

Love the style....great color it!

11/13/2013 Flag

Love your unique style!..and the buttons & beads you have added!!

03/15/2014 Flag