London Tote with Beaded Zipper Pulls

Project Description

What are you most proud of? My client in London, England asked for a basic black monogrammed laptop tote. I'm so pleased to offer her a durable zippered bag constructed of a flat black coarse weave cotton for the exterior and the surprize of a buttery soft black suede lining with zippered pockets featuring black/white, and turquoise handmade polymer clay beaded zipper pulls. The silver metal ring finger pull with a string of beads attached makes zipping and unzipping a breeze. I removed (snipped off) the little zipper key that came with the zipper, and inserted the metal ring in its place. I was inspired by vintage cabinet finger pulls from the 60s and earlier? Do you remember those? In the photos, I included polymer beads, and a bracelet I made featuring overlay thin slices of translucent + white, and translucent + black to form spiral canes inispired by Donna Kato's The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques--a fabulous book for all, even beginners like me. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Step up your game--consider dressing up your solid color fabric totes with a bit of jewelry--making the zipper pull a statement of fashion and function. Remember: even a little black dress always looks nice with a bit of jewelry.

What you will need

  • Black Cotton Upholstery Exterior
  • Black Microsuede Upholstery Lining
  • Handmade Polymer Clay Beaded Pulls and Silver Metal Key Rings for 2 Interior Zippered Pockets.

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