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. 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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