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Tomato Soup Purse with Matching Jewelry

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Cute, Classic, Holiday, Traditional, Mod, Casual
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What materials did you use? Geometric Upholstery Fabric for exterior, Red Linen Lining, Key Fob, Magnetic Snaps, and Polymer Clay Beads and Bracelet to go with the Purse

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What are you most proud of? Good Tips: I backed the red linen lining with a medium to heavy iron-on stabilizer--giving the purse some body and durability. The purse flap is re-inforced with a layer of buckrum (sp?), a light weight, but extra stiff stabilizer used to sew hat brims. Terrific stuff. Easy to use. You can find it at Hancock Fabrics. Under $3 a yard.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make stabilizers mentioned above part of the foundation of your future purses. You'll love the results.

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Great purse. Love the colours and texture. Is this pattern available or is it one of your own? Thanks for the tip with the reinforcing - I will try that

12/16/2012 Flag

Hi Judith R. Answering your question--this is my own pattern. But I am really glad you asked me to post a tutorial about it. Tip: I use my 5 x 7 embroidery hoop as a template to draw the rounded edges for the purse flap closure. I add more material to the other end of the flap--generous enough to tuck into the backside of the purse. Using the embroidery hoop as a template--I draw and cut the buckrum stabilizer first, and from there I use the stabilizer as a template to draw and cut rounded edges for the exterior fabric and interior fabric. I make a sandwich of exterior fabric and lining fabric facing each other, and the buckrum on top. Stitch scant 1/8 inch through all 3 layers around the edge - leave end of flap open so you can turn it pretty side out. I don't trim away any fabric or stabilizer from the sewn 1/8 inch seam before I turn the flap pretty side out. Once I turn the flap pretty side out--I just use my fingers to smooth the seams, and then top stich. I continue to keep the end of the purse flap open so I can install a magnetic snap--and of course the stabilizer is already inside the flap, ready to support the snap. I'll make a tutorial with photos to give you an idea how it goes. Thanks for your interest. Check back in a couple of days for the tutorial, ok? I'm working in the studio today--so I'll take my camera along. Best wishes to you. Merry Christmas.

12/16/2012 Flag

I am so impressed by your work.Please consider a tutorial as soon as you can. A great inspiration.

12/16/2012 Flag

Hi Tanja - I purchased a video camera a couple of days ago, and I purchased PDF software. Between the two items I hope to start making some tutorials and patterns. Give me some extra time and I'll have a nice tutorial for you on the purse. Thanks for your interest. You moved me along to a new path--something I wanted to try--making tutorials--I needed the nudge to get going. Thanks again.

12/24/2012 Flag

A lovely red purse this is! I like it very much, had to save it! Thanks so much for your worthy informations around it. Would love to make one too ...

10/11/2013 Flag

Hmm. I thought my comment is already in there ... Anyway - I love your nice red purse :-) Thank you so much for all the worthy informations you gave on this piece of wonderful work. Would love to do one also. If there weren't so many other projects in my mind ...

10/11/2013 Flag