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Red Paisley Purse w/Penny Rug Medallions

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Classic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Exterior Paisley Upholstery Fabric, Lining: Bronze Dupioni Silk Penny Rug Felt Medallions, Bronze Color Metal Key Fob Clasp.

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What are you most proud of? I purchased a small amount of bronzy color Dupioni silk; just enough to make purse lining with pockets. I made the pockets extra firm with a bit of stiff interfacing. Has anyone ever used rooking? (a very stiff interfacing).

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Check out the upholstery fabric section of your favorite fabric store. I love to make purses and totes out of upholstery fabric--because it has such wonderful body. Sometimes you can find a small chunk of expensive fabric in the clearance bin. That's where I found the 1/2 yard of Dupioni silk, and the paisley fabric priced at $5 per yard. Generally these types of fabrics sold by the yard go for $18-$34 a yard. I squeal with delight when I find bargains like that.

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Beautiful & so unique. Thanks for sharing.

07/16/2012 Flag

Wow love the colours and the design, the medallions are great....

07/16/2012 Flag

Wow love the colours and the design, the medallions are great....

07/16/2012 Flag

Hello luvtocamp, Ipanema, Judith R, gcabar, Pamilia, Christine, Thanks for your encouraging words. I found out that Penny Rug Medallion go back to the 1860s. Coins were used as templates to cut out circles from fabric scraps. The circles were stacked and sewn together using a traditional blanket stitch. The finish medallions where stitched to a foundation fabric (sometimes burlap). Penny rugs were used to decorate tables, and beds. Decades later penny rugs were popular again from the late 1800s to 1900 and graced many a Victorian home. I saw a very old yo-yo quilt in an antiques store last year with a hefty price tag. Now, I'm wondering about the history of yo-yo quilts and want to know if they were also Victorian? Any one know? Be sure to check out my website (google 1893 Victorian Farmhouse). I'm restoring an 1893 Queen Anne Victorian and have hundreds of before and after photos of our journey to bring back an old home that sat vacant for more than 3 decades. We bought the house in 2007 and save it from the wrecking ball.

07/17/2012 Flag

Love hand stitching on anything and I love handmade handbags. Great job!

09/04/2012 Flag